Ascent of Sun Top on 2021-01-03

Climber: Maureen Seeley

Others in Party:Can't Find ClimberID br>Rhonda Miller
Ananth Maniam
Claire Jaja----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, January 3, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sun Top
    Elevation:5271 ft / 1606 m

Ascent Trip Report

We hiked the road up until the summer trailhead and then the trail up to the lookout. We did get a small sun break at the top so Sun Top could live up to its name but no views of Rainier. We got glimpses of the surrounding mountains as the clouds moved.

The road was snow-covered starting at the gate in the morning. By afternoon, much of the snow had melted down low. We needed snowshoes from ~2800 feet.

On the way down, we cut switchbacks to save mileage and time but the second cut was definitely not a shortcut. It took us longer than the road due to the terrain (bushwhacking through steep, sometimes thick vegetation) but it added an element of adventure and made us appreciate the boring road walk when we hit the road once again.

It was a fun day out. We started around 9:15 am and got back to the cars at 4:00 pm.
Summary Total Data
    Trailhead:Sno-Park Parking near FS 7315  
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cloudy, overcast, snowing at times

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