Catch the Sunset at Suntop Lookout

 - Loop Trail

Added by Garrett Schmidt

Watch the most iconic mountain in Washington disappear into the night.

Catching a beautiful sunset has never been so easy. This lookout tower is accessible by vehicle. The road is fairly smooth too. No car would have any trouble getting up to the top. 

The last gate before the lookout tower/peak is about a mile down. The gate does close at 8pm but is ran by volunteers, so if they feel like staying longer or if there is multiple cars they will leave it open late. Have no fear though, the gate is about a mile down if you miss the cut off time and the path up is a service road so really easy to walk up. Benches are located at the top for a perfect picnic as well.

There are multiple places to watch the sunset when you get to the top. So i'm sure it can get crowded but you can find your own spot to watch the sun disappear behind the mountains. Once it does the temperature does drop a little bit so bring a jacket just incase. 

My next trip up here will be for stargazing and astrophotography. This place would be so easy to access in the night time. Just remember you will have to hike up a mile to do so because the gate will be locked. There is parking by the last gate too. 

Pro tip: Don't forget the pizza and beer. It is always worth bringing! 

Read More


Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area


Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Easy access, incredible views

Stunning 360 degree views of mountains and valleys, with Rainier taking your breath away. Been there twice, never gets old.

Stay Nearby

Enumclaw, Washington

The Dalles Campground

Overview Situated on the banks of the White River in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Dalles Campground offers visitors stunning scenery and access to a multitude of recreational activities wi...

Enumclaw, Washington

Silver Springs Campground

Overview Silver Springs Campground is situated on the banks of the scenic White River in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, just outside Mt. Rainier National Park's North Arch entrance. Silver S...

Naches, Washington

Lodgepole Campground (Wa)

Overview Lodgepole Campground is located in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in the Northern Cascade Range of Washington. With the scenic waters of the American River running alongside the si...

Naches, Washington

Salmon Cove Group Site

Overview Salmon Cove Group Campground is located on the pebble-strewn bank of the American River in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, providing a nice setting for groups and larger gatherings...

Nearby Adventures

  • Snowshoe to Sun Top Peak

    From Tacoma, Wa. take Hwy 167 to Hwy 410 and follow that until you get to the Chinook Pass Hwy. Then from there follow this road and take the second Service Road on the right and follow this road until it dead ends. The trail starts on NF-7315. Yo...

    12 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Hike Grand Park and Lake Eleanor

    Prepare in advance to hold your jaw from dropping. Stunning views of Mt. Rainier await visitors of Grand Park. A quick jaunt through the forest via the trailhead leads first to Lake Eleanor. Well groomed campsites are available for overnight stays...

    9 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Hike to Greenwater Lakes

    Following along the Greenwater River, family friendly Greenwater lakes Trail #1176 which has minimal elevation gain, winds through a lush green mossy old growth forest.  Along the trail you will cross over several log bridges and pass a couple of ...

    4.5 miles 900 ft gain

  • Hike to Upper Palisades Lake

    Park at the Sunrise Point parking lot and find the Palisades Trail at the northeast corner of the parking lot. If you bring along a pair of binoculars, you can stop at the first overlook on the left and scan the adjacent mountain slopes for the wh...

    6.6 miles 1200 ft gain