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Washington, USA

San Juans and Beyond

DURATION

7 Days

PRICE

$3,698

LEVEL

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

DAILY DISTANCE

50-60 miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Cycling (bikes included), Kayaking, Hiking

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts. One lunch and one dinner on your own.

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

Explore beyond the revered San Juan Islands on this higher mileage adventure through the Puget Sound archipelago. Cycle on six diverse islands – Camano, Fidalgo, Lopez, San Juan, Orcas and Whidbey – sparkling against a backdrop of the snowclad Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Gather glimpses of whales at play and bald eagles hunting for prey as you pedal through pastoral settings, forested hills, and along rocky beaches. Explore some of Washington’s oldest communities along the way and spend a day cycling on the Olympic Discovery Trail (multi-use path). Finish on a literal high note at the top of Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. See why the League of American Bicyclists called this “the best and most popular place to bicycle in the United States.”

National Parks on This Tour: Olympic National Park

2022 Lodging Note: As of Nov. 2021, we are still in the process of confirming our 2022 reservations. We do not anticipate issues or changes but if there are, we will notify you and update the web page accordingly.

This tour is operated under special use permit/s with the Olympic National Park. Bicycle Adventures is an equal opportunity provider.

Day 01

Pedal along the beaches of Camano Island and through the Skagit River delta to historic La Conner.

Lodging

La Conner Country Inn, or Channel Lodge

Distance

60 miles

Elevation

+2,747 ft / -2,767 ft

After a 90-minute shuttle from Seattle we begin by cycling a loop along the shores of laid back and friendly Camano Island – the perfect warm-up for our week of adventure. Pedal past uncrowded beaches along the lapping shore of this artsy island community. Watch your head if you decide to give a nod to the island’s logging history at the Arrowhead Ranch, Camano’s first axe-throwing venue. Ride through the rich and diverse agricultural lands of Skagit River delta – home to several wildlife refuges as well as the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, one of Washington State’s largest events. In 1869 John Connor purchased a trading post and township on the narrow Swinomish Channel separating Fidalgo Island from the mainland in this fertile region and named it “La Conner” in honor of his wife Louisa A. Conner. Today, this charming town is known as a writer’s enclave, “must-visit” destination, and romantic getaway. Spend tonight at the Channel House or La Conner Country Inn.

Day 02

Ride Fidalgo and Lopez Islands on your way to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

Lodging

Earthbox, or Discovery Inn

Distance

Fidalgo Island:
20 miles

Lopez Island:
39 miles

Elevation

Fidalgo Island:
+645 ft / -621 ft

Lopez Island:
+2,474 ft / -2,463 ft

No dallying this morning as we have a ferry to catch in Anacortes! Ride across the forested southern end of Fidalgo Island and along the shores of Padilla Bay. Contemplate nature’s horizons against the skyline of industry as flocks of birds from the wildlife refuge circle a neighboring oil refinery. Our first ferry of the day takes us to Lopez Island – the flattest, most rural, and least populated of the three main San Juan Islands. It’s often referred to as the ‘bicyclist’s island’ for its quiet roads, gentle terrain, spectacular marine vistas, and friendly residents who wave as you bicycle past. Ride clockwise around the island, starting with Spencer Spit State Park, then south to Watmough Bay (watch for seals!). Listen to the sound of the waves gently stirring the rocks on the shore at Agate Beach. This is a great day for views of the Olympic Mountains and looking ahead to some of the places you will explore later this week. In the afternoon, we ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island to settle in for the next three nights at Earthbox (or the Discovery Inn).

Day 03

Orcas Island: Home to ancient forests and the best view in the Puget Sound region.

Lodging

Earthbox, or Discovery Inn

Distance

Orcas Island:
38 miles

Mt. Constitution:
10.5 miles

Elevation

Orcas Island:
+3209 ft / -3185 ft

Mt. Constitution:
+1963 ft / -1975 ft

Hop on a morning ferry to Orcas Island, the largest and most mountainous of the San Juans. Ride to sleepy Deer Harbor and then on to Eastsound. Explore this tiny hub of town and have lunch on your own. Back on the bicycle, pedal to Moran State Park and Cascade Lake. Cycle a series of switchbacks through the last remaining contiguous old-growth forest in the islands up to the summit of Mt. Constitution, the literal high-point of the San Juans. Contemplate how these fresh-water lakes formed on a mountain surrounded by the sea. (Answer: The lakes and springs are fed by the glaciers of Mt. Baker in the distance.) The view from the top of the summit tower – a somewhat ominous replica of the Russian watchtowers constructed in the Caucasus Mountains during the 12th century – is unsurpassed and unforgettable. Cool off with a swim in crystal clear Cascade or Mountain Lake before heading back to catch the afternoon ferry back to Friday Harbor.

Day 04

Explore San Juan Island today: by bike, kayak, or both.

Lodging

Earthbox, or Discovery Inn

Distance

48 miles

Elevation

+3,316 ft / -3,330 ft

Cycle a lovely loop around San Juan Island today, taking in the charming and historic village of Roche Harbor, an alpaca farm, a lavender farm, a sculpture park, a winery, and two waterfront parks which offer the best places to potentially spot orca whales from the land. If history is your thing, stop in at English Camp or American Camp, two national historic parks that were part of the “Pig War” between England and the United States. If you’d rather give the legs a rest today, you can put your arms to good use by going for a paddle with our sister-company, San Juan Kayak Expeditions. Before dinner: stroll about Friday Harbor, visit the Whale Museum, or take in the Art Gallery. Dinner tonight is at the acclaimed Coho Restaurant.

DAY 05

Catch a morning ferry and cycle over dizzying Deception Pass bridge to Whidbey Island. Pedal on to Coupeville and another ferry to Port Townsend – one of the oldest cities in Washington State.

Lodging

The Swan Hotel, or Palace Hotel

Distance

55 miles

Elevation

+3,917 ft / -3,969 ft

Have an early breakfast before catching the ferry back to Anacortes. Cycle over the 180-foot-high Deception Pass bridge where tidal exchanges between 60-mile-long Whidbey Island (Washington’s longest) and the waters of greater Puget Sound create a spectacular rolling “river” of whitewater through a dramatic chasm. Cycle the northern half of Whidbey through Oak Harbor and past Ebey’s Landing, location of one of the earliest pioneer settlements in the area. Near Fort Casey, one of a triumvirate of forts that served to protect the entrance to Puget Sound during World War II, we catch another ferry over to the Olympic Peninsula and maritime Port Townsend, home of some of Washington’s oldest architecture. Stay at The Swan Hotel or Palace Hotel on the historic waterfront.

DAY 06

Follow country roads and sections of the Olympic Discovery Trail along the Strait of Juan de Fuca beneath the shadow of the Olympic Mountains.

Lodging

Red Lion

Distance

60 miles

Elevation

+3,082 ft / -3,075 ft

Begin the day with a look back over yesterday’s ride from the lighthouse in Fort Worden before setting out on the Olympic Discovery Trail – a recently constructed multi-use path running the length of the north side of the Olympic Peninsula. Pedal along Discovery Bay, named for Captain George Vancouver’s ship, and imagine trying to navigate these islands and channels in a 100-foot rigged sailing ship! Pass through Sequim (pronounced “skwim”), a burgeoning retirement community and fertile agriculture region boasting one of Washington State’s largest lavender festivals. Sitting at the epicenter of the rain shadow formed by the Olympic Mountains and sprinkled by less than 17 inches of rain a year, the area is a virtual desert and home to a native variety of prickly pear cactus. Ride along the Strait of Juan de Fuca right up to the doors of the Red Lion in Port Angeles where we will rest up for tomorrow’s climb. Celebrate a great week with dinner at a local “tavern-chic” favorite, LD’s Woodfire Grill.

DAY 07

Climb over one “vertical-mile” to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. Enjoy a sunset ferry ride back into the heart of Seattle.

Distance

20 miles

Elevation

+5,414 ft / -181 ft

Dip your tire in the salt-water before ascending to Hurricane Ridge Visitor’s Center – the high point of our journey as well as the only road (paved or otherwise) into the Olympic Mountains high-country. The overall 5% grade of this climb is relatively steady, making it somewhat easier than the statistics might suggest. Stop for a short breather at the first scenic pullout and look back over your entire journey this week as you transition from the lowland rainforests to mountain meadows and subalpine parklands. Around the next corner, the Olympic Mountain Range spreads out before you in all directions. Revel and breathe in the fir-scented air; it’s some of the purest on the planet! From here, the gradient lessens, and the glorious views are guaranteed to keep you going all the way to the top. Since the National Park Service does not allow commercial tours to ride down Hurricane Ridge, we will spend some extra time at the Ridge. Enjoy lunch with a view at the Visitor’s Center and go for a short hike to loosen up the legs before hopping in the van for the (roughly 3-hour) journey back to civilization. We conclude the trip with a sunset ferry ride from Bainbridge Island into the heart of Seattle’s waterfront.

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