Suntop Lookout

Trip Date: July 17th, 2021

Got up early this weekend with Emma and decided to head out for a short morning hike at Suntop Lookout.

Sunset Lookout – Elevation 5280 Feet

We drove a majority of the way up the mountain, parked at the upper trail head and accomplished the short one mile hike up, ascending 500 feet to the top of the peak.

The skies this morning were a bit overcast, with a lower cloud layer slowly drifting through the low valleys on a light morning breeze. It was quite picturesque and mesmerizing the watch the various fog banks drift across the terrain.

The ever evolving cloud landscape painted across the mountainous terrain almost made up for the lack of a Mount Rainier view this morning. It sure would have been nice to see the volcano this morning; I’ll have to visit again to catch the view.

Outhouse at the top of Suntop Peak
Wildflowers and Expansive Views

We spent a few minutes relaxing at the peak, taking in the expansive views all around and enjoying the experience at the top of a mountain, deep in the wilds of the cascade mountains.

Emma on the Trail to Suntop Lookout
Mountain Critter Posing on the Rocks

Emma and I had a solid 15 minutes of solitude at the top before other morning hikers started to appear. We gave some friendly good mornings and continued on our way, back down the mountain towards the truck, leaving the peace and solitude of the mountain to the next group to experience.

Picnic Table at Suntop Peak

An abundance of wildflowers were seen on both the hike up to the peak and back down to the trailhead. The yellows, oranges, purples and whites of the various wildflowers really helped to add to the experience of today’s hike in the forested sub-alpine regions of the Mount Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest.

Columbia Lily (Lilium columbianum)
Broadleaf Lupine (Lupinus latifolius)
Interesting Vegetation Growing out of the Rocks
Crimson Columbine (Aquilegia formosa)
Unknown Yellow Flower
Unknown White Flower

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