Sun Top Lookout

4.1/5 (13 reviews)
Greenwater, Washington (Pierce County)
Last Updated: 07/15/2022
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SunTop lookout Fire Station is a must-visit for an awesome view of Mt. Rainier and a chance to view a piece of history. Built in 1933, the lookout station is manned and maintained by volunteer organizations during the summer months keeping watch for forest fires in the surrounding valleys. The views are the highlight of this location. Once at the top you have an amazing view of Mt. Rainier 10 miles to the south as well as the valleys below. The drive up is very steep and rises over 3000 feet in just 5 miles but the road is very well maintained. During your ascent​, you will travel through some old-growth forest and some areas that have recently been harvested. Your chances of encountering elk and deer are very good so care and vigilance​ should be taken during your drive.

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Trail Reviews

4.1/5 (13 reviews)
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 09/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

The gate was closed today. The sign at the bottom of the hill says it will be closed if not staffed.
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 07/04/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

The drive up was no problem in 4L in our FJ. However, the gate just beyond the final parking area prior to the summit was closed. Not sure if it was to keep 4th or July fireworks shooters from the top, or just because of snow or other road issues. Will try again in early August.
Trail Review: Sun Top Lookout - Joe
Status: Impassable
Rated 4/5
Visited: 11/06/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Made it to about 800 yards from the top, multiple downed trees making the summit impassable.
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 09/01/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Easy road to navigate. Absolutely awesome in any weather. I was there twice recently. Once to scout the location for a wedding and the second time for the wedding. A must see for everyone.
Trail Review: Sun Top Lookout - Kevin
Trail Review: Sun Top Lookout - Kevin
Status: Partially Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/16/2021

Went up to suntop today after work. A few pot holes right when you pull onto FS73 but for the most part its an easy smooth ride. I made it to the top and parked, and as I parked and got out of the truck a FS Ranger appeared and told me I couldn't be up at the top. Apparently the gate is supposed to be locked due to repairs they are doing to the fire lookout tower, but someone had cut the lock. She said you can still come up but you have to park at the bottom of the hill and hike up to the lookout tower. Was unfortunate I didnt get to enjoy the views and no estimated date on when it will be officially reopened, but its an easy/fast trail to run.

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