Sun Top Lookout

Snowshoe or cross-country ski on this strenuous route to one of the few remaining fire lookouts in Washington. It's 10 miles round trip and 3,000 feet of elevation gain. Enjoy an unobstructed spectacular view of Mount Rainier and possibly sightings of the White River elk herd!

on the trail

The route to the top of Sun Top starts at the Suntop Snow Park and follows Forest Road 7315 all the way.  There are plenty of opportunities for snowshoers to climb off the road and stomp around in open meadows too!.    The road is often groomed for cross-country skiers, but still quite enjoyable for snowshoers.  For the best views of Mount Rainier, head southwest around the summit bench.  


  • Reaching the summit requires crossing some serious avalanche slopes, so be sure to check the avalanche report and plan this trip only when avalanche danger is low.

Information for leaders

Permit information

As of 2017, the Snoqualmie Ranger District considers Mountaineers trips and courses to be "nominal use". Leaders should print and copy this designation letter to show rangers they may see on trail or carry a digital copy on their phone.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous, N3 Nordic Intermediate Ski
  • Length: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • 5,280 ft
  • Green Trails Greenwater No. 238

Upcoming Activities

Intro to Trail Running: Backcountry Field Trip - Sun Top Lookout

Trail Running Field trip: Introduction to Trail Running: Backcountry
Play peek-a-boo with Mt. Rainier from this fire lookout that's part of the White River
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
No Prerequisites
6 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Jun 28
Foothills Branch
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