Suntop Lookout
US 92, WA 7

Lookout Details

Registry Numbers US 92, WA 7 (view other lookouts in United States, Washington)
Date Registered September 15, 1994
Nominated by Forest Supervisor
Location Snoqualmie National Forest
Pierce County, Washington
Coordinates N 47° 02.454' W 121° 35.783' (view using Google Maps)
N 47° 02' 27" W 121° 35' 47"
N 47.040905° W 121.596386°
Elevation 5,214 ft (1,589 m)
Administered by U.S. Forest Service
Cooperators White River Ranger District
Available for Rental Yes, learn more


Suntop Lookout is located 15 miles northeast of Mt. Rainier, Washington within the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Built in 1932, it is one of only two L-4 ground house structures remaining on the old Snoqualmie National Forest. It was used as an Aircraft Warning site in World War II and the road to it was not completed until 1956. Located in a high alpine meadow with excellent view of Winthrop Glacier, the lookout is a popular tourist destination and is staffed by volunteers.


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Visit Reports

August 6, 2009: Trevor Lykstad


Needs paint? No Response
Shutters OK? Yes
Condition of wood OK? Yes
Stairs OK? Yes
Glass intact? Yes
Good condition? Yes
Comments: Good Condition. The fire finder is missing a piece and would really need easier directions on how to use it.

Electronics and Enroachments

Are electronic sites enroaching on tower? Yes
Comments: There was no electrical lighting or heating (kerosene for the heat)
Other enroachments? Yes, kind of. The lookout had solar panels on its shutters, and that was only for the radio transmitter box.

Access and Signs

NHLR sign posted? No
Directions to tower signed? No


Staffed? Sometimes
By volunteers in the summer

Opportunities for Volunteer Support

Volunteers staffing opportunities? Yes
Volunteer maintenance opportunities? Yes
Yes, my father was a volunteer for two days there and I went with him.