Suntop still fun even without the views or the sun

In Ride Report by Hawkens

It has been years since I’ve ridden Suntop and the 1st time I’ve actually been to the view point. The day before our ride at Suntop was perfect blue skies and hot, the next day foggy and cold…. Oh well the rain over night should make for tacky trail conditions lets make the best of it and have some fun. Lets load up and head for the top.

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The fog blocked the views it also blocked how much further you had to pedal to the top.

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Eventually we reached the top

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Nice Trail to Toilet A

We did not take that trail, but instead down another the actual Suntop trail. This section was technical with some tight loose switch backs.

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Eventually it dumped us to the road where we regrouped and rode pedaled and coasted for a bit

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A little bit of rolling trail

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Great Trail!

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Everyone have a great time

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Then the climbing starts and felt like it went straight up the mountain…..haven’t they heard of switchbacks. This climb went on for a while maybe 1 or 2 miles, but at this pace felt like forever….

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Finally we can see the top of this climb

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Now we will start heading in the downhill direction

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The trail from this point rolls up and down

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Then kicks up again

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Dig Deep on this grunt of a climb

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As we roll through Fawn Ridge there are some views of Palisades

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There were sections here that were like plowing through flour

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As we neared the end of Fawn Ridge found my hub was coming loose. Hand tightened it and continued on

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Out of Fawn Ridge over to Skookum

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Trail conditions on Skookum were great

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Wild life sightings on the trail

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Views or no views still a fun ride.

Photo Credit: Brian H, Erik A