Suntop - Trail, Greenwater, Washington

Suntop - Trail, Greenwater, Washington

DESCRIPTION

Don't know, I hear single track but I tried it at the end of May and I was met with snow about 1.5 mile from the top.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 12, 2009]
adorkxi
Cross Country Rider

If you ride up the road to trail head it is steep and around 8 miles bring food and water you still have 2 miles up trail head to get to the fun stuff. very fast downhill and really fun broke rear derailler and had to to as a single speed just at the start of downhill so no rear suspension but still one of the best rides to date.

Customer Service

Dont be a wuss and take the car to the top....

Similar Products Used:

ranger creek skookum flats all in area.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 08, 2008]
Howard
Cross Country Rider

I had not ridden this trail since last year in July and had forgotten how much fun it is. Yes the climb can be long (it takes 1 hour when I am fit but today was closer to 1.5 hours) but the downhill is long enough to make it worth the ride up. Also this road is usually in better shape than Corral Pass on the other side and the flowers are out right now. It is in great shape right now, snow free with one log on the other side of a little climb. I think all the people complaining the climb is too long need to ride more and for the couple who said the downhill is sub par or not worth it are crazy. It is the most buffed fast trail in this area besides Northway (Crystal Mt) and has great easily rideable switchbacks. Plus you get a rip down Skookum. Where else are you pedaling downhill in the big ring on NW singletrack because you just want to go faster?

Customer Service

Park on the 73 road just on the other side of the bridge over the White River (Skookum trailhead). Then ride up the access road to the summit, go to the lookout the views are great. Bomb the trail down and the ride Skookum back to the car.

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Corral Pass to Noble Knob to Palisades is my other favourite loop in the area although the upper section of Northway (Crystal Mt)is one of the funnest pieces of singletrack I have ever ridden.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 04, 2007]
yucaipaken
Weekend Warrior

Rode this trail a couple weeks ago on my vacation in WA. Parked on other side of bridge on FS Rd. 73. Ride up to trailhead was brutal on my SS. It's a steep climb but ridable for more fit riders or those with gears. More climbing on first mile of trail to ridge. Trail back down was very fun single track with great views. I rode Skookum flats back to parking area (very fun)! As much as I cursed the steep climb, the ride down was worth it. Trail was in good condition. Most trees were cleared off trail except for a couple areas. Since I was not familiar with the area, I purchased "Kissing the Trail" by John Zilly and also used info on Backcountry Biclycles Trail Club (www.bbtc.org).

Customer Service

Lots of other options in this White River area, but you have to pay to play . . . be ready to do lots of climbing to get to the epic single track.

Similar Products Used:

Skookum Flats

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 29, 2006]
Sissypantywaist
Weekend Warrior

I was told about this trail many times. Most every one said it was hard but rewarding! I agree but I will tell you some stuff that I was not told. For me this was one of the most challenging climbs I have ever done. The fire rode up (7315) is relentless with no flat sections to spin and rest. There is traffic allowed on this rode so shuttling can be done. If you make it the views are awsome!
Once at the top you may think its all down hill. After the short rocky section down its back up to the second peak, wich is single track and then a few teases of down ups that made me cry. Finnaly after about 3 more miles you get to go down and fastI might add. The decent is very fast and tight, watch those corners. Then before you know it your at the air strip/campground looking for the upper half of skookum flats. Go across the air strip and look for the singletrack in the woods heading north and you'll find skookum.
Personaly I found this ride to be very challenging but a must do epic. I would wait till the end of summer when the legs are full tilt!

Customer Service

Right 7315 witch is about 1.5 miles up 73.
Spin to win.
Slick out a thumb if you bonk.
Bring lots of food and extra water.
Down 1183 sun top trail.
cross back over 7315.
Up 1183.
Down 1183.
Up 1183.
And finally down 1183for good, find skookum for xcountry fun and eat at Frankies Pizza in The Claw.

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Havn't done any other yet.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 01, 2005]
numbuhio
Weekend Warrior

Dry and in good conditions. Long uphill climb for what seemed like a short downhill. There are some nice views of Mt Rainier and going to the actual summit of suntop is worth the extra scenery and while you are there why not bail down from the top through the rocky section... Repeatedly thought we were finished with climbing just to find another section of it. But ... then the swift single track dropped and was very good.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 20, 2005]
son1cdeth
Weekend Warrior

One of the better rides in an area filled with great rides. Highway 410 has 4 or 5 really great rides. This one contains a steeper forest service road climbs, as opposed to Ranger Creek across the road, but trust me, it's worth it. Road it this weekend, completely snow free, some mud in places, but this area is always muddy thanks to Mt Rainer.

Similar Products Used:

Ranger Creek, Palisades

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 07, 2004]
stevej
Weekend Warrior

I felt it only fair to give a balance response to some of the reviews of this trial. First, let me say that I fancy myself a climber so my complaint about this trail is not the climbing in and of itself. The problem with this trail is that one climbs forever for a downhill that is just average. I will admit that the weather was awful the day I rode it - maybe I'm not being fair. It just seemed like there was just not enough reward. Sure, there were some good views, but nothing that couldn't be seen on some other local trails that are much more fun. I won't be doing this one again.

Customer Service

Skip it, do Skookum - its fun, then do Ranger or deep creek.

Similar Products Used:

I would do crystal mountain twice in a row before doing this trail.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 15, 2003]
Rick
Cross Country Rider

This is a great ride. The climb is long, certainly, but the road is a very consistent grade--never gets so steep that you're dying. The toughest climbing is actually once you hit the singletrack, where fatigue plus grade induced us to walk up one short section. Once you crest and break into the open the views are breathtaking. We really only caught one good shot of Rainier, but the views down to the White River valley are gorgeous. There's one magical spot on the trail where you're atop a ridge that falls steeply to both east and west, and you can see forever in both directions. The descent is nice and long--it really repays all the hard climbing work--with nothing very difficult, lots of traversing and switchbacks, and some fun swooping sections. Kudos to the land manager and trail crews: there was plenty of visible recent trail clearing and maintenance. This is definitely a ride you don't want to miss.

Customer Service

As in Zilly's book. We went late in the season, so we had none of the snow issues many others have mentioned.

Similar Products Used:

Skookum

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 20, 2000]
dfrnt

I hit this trail today. The best trail I've ridden in Wa to date. Technical, fast and fun. Tons of roots, rocks and drops. The climb up there is a hell of a workout but fantastic for building endurance. The views are gorgeous as are the streams running through the trail at times. You can get a free map at the US Forest Service office in Enumclaw. The building is just after the Mc Donalds on the right side. I didn't see a speck of snow on the entire trail. Go prepared with tools and a pump, high potential for a pinch-flat during the last 5 miles. Great trail. This in Wa mt biking at it's finest.

Customer Service

Same as above. Rd#73 is just 7 miles past Greenwater.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 30, 2000]
Chris

I've done the lower section of this trail twice (see above), and just made it up to the upper part today, and all I can say is WOW. Awesome, awesome trail, and definitely one that I'll try to do again this summer. It isn't a trail for beginners, though, because there are some sections that are fairly exposed, and a few really steep places, not to mention all the roots, stumps, rocks, and drop-offs. More advanced people: have fun, this trail kicks! Steep, fast, technical riding, and a lot of it. Definitely bring a lot of water, or have a pump (or tablets) to fill up your bottles at one of the two creeks that the trail crosses (I think they're there all year). I've never had a problem with pinch-flats on this trail, but I can see how some people might, especially in the lower, clearcut section, so bring tools, tube, and pump. Maybe running mid pressure helps too(?). Overall, this is a really great ride for more experienced bikers that are looking for a technical trail.

Customer Service

Up FS Road 73, preferably by leaving one car at the bottom and taking another to the top. Or, for a shorter ride, goto Buck Creek (first road past the Dalles campground) and ride up that to a lower part of the trail.

Similar Products Used:

Skookum Flats

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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