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Day 1 Welcome to Friday Harbor
We will meet you at our shop in Friday Harbor located at 40 Spring Street?just steps from the ferry terminal. Here you will meet the group, store your luggage for the day in the van and get transported to the edge of town to start the first leg of your trip. Your guides will help you get acquainted with our equipment and get you geared up.
Select Your Equipment
Prior to the trip, we will ask you which type of bicycle you prefer so that when you arrive, your bicycle and a printed map of the day's route ready for you. The TerraTrek support van and guide will always be nearby and fully stocked with refreshing beverages like: coconut water, bottled water, and energy snacks. If you decide at any point you have had enough cycling, you can jump in the van to enjoy the island scenery in the company of your personable and insightful guide.
Cycle to False Bay
The first part of the route brings you through San Juan Valley with sweeping valley views of False Bay and out to the iconic Olympic Mountains. Distance: 4.3 miles
Explore False Bay
Stop here for a mid-morning snack. If your bicycle needs any fine tuning your guide will be happy to make adjustments at this time. False Bay turns into a massive exposed intertidal zone at low tide, perfect for exploring the tide pools or digging your toes into the mud. This quiet country road has idyllic vistas of the Haro Straight and working farmland.
Cycle to Cattle Point
From False Bay we will cycle out Cattle Point Road towards Cattle Point. This route takes us through American Camp which is an National Historic Park, in memory of the historic Pig War. Distance: 7.5 miles
Explore Cattle Point
Here at Cattle Point you can hike or bike along cliffs through fields looking for fox, rabbits, and bald eagles or trek down to one of the little coves found along the way. Lunch will be served at a small picnic area overlooking the waters of Cattle Pass.
Cycle Pear Point to Friday Harbor
Cycle back along Cattle Point Road, this time with views of Vancouver Island to the northwest. For additional distance and more stunning views cycle around Pear Point, past Jacksons Beach and views to the east with Mount Baker in the distance. Distance: 13.7 miles
Arrive at Lakedale Campground
Tonight we will camp at Lakedale. Walk among the apple orchards or go for a dip in the lake while your guides prepare an impressive dinner. Turn in your bike for the day, indulge in a happy hour beverage and reflect on your first day's adventure. Lakedale is a beautiful campground in the middle of 3 finger lakes. While Lakedale sports numerous activities for both kids and adults; you will have no trouble finding a quiet spot to escape into a good book.
Enjoy a delicious lakeside dinner
All meals are prepared fresh for you by your guides. We support our local community and source many of our ingredients from farmers and providers right here in the San Juan Islands. Our meals are eco friendly, sustainable, and GMO/pesticide free; a way of life for many islanders. Please inform us of your dietary preferences so we can prepare your custom meals. We can accommodate all eating preferences and allergies
Day 2 Cycle San Juan Valley
After breakfast cycle along country roads through San Juan Valley with sweeping views of False Bay. Your first stop is at the Pelindaba Lavender Farm. Distance: 6.4m/10.3km - 36min
Explore Pelindaba Lavender Farm
Enjoy the sights and scents as you stroll through acres of living lavender at this organic lavender farm. At the visitors center you'll learn how lavender is cultivated, harvested, and its essential oils are processed. We recommend you try some of the lavender lemonade and lavender cookies in the gift shop! TerraTrek makes complementary drinks, trail mix, fresh fruit, energy bars, and more available at all times during your tour.
Cycle West Side Road to Lime Kiln Lighthouse
Onward to San Juan Island's spectacular west side where you can enjoy expansive views of the Olympic Peninsula and Victoria B.C. Take your time, this section of road provides some of the best views to the west looking out over Haro Strait. In late season there are blackberries to snack on along the way or just take a break and enjoy the scenery. Distance: 3.7m/6km - 22min
Explore Lime Kiln State Park
Enjoy a seaside picnic lunch at the Lime Kiln Lighthouse State Park. If you're lucky, you might spot a whale or a seal during lunch at Whale Watch Park! This historic lighthouse was the last major lighthouse to be electrified in Washington and the building is currently used as a whale research facility.
Cycle to Roche Harbor
After lunch you will continue north toward Roche Harbor enjoying the sights along the way. If you are interested in breaking up this route you can stop at the Alpaca Farm to see these South American natives and check out the wool gift shop. You will also pass through the historic British Camp where you can hike up Mount Young or stroll down to the protected waters of Garrison Bay. The summit of Mount Young offers impressive views of the Canadian Gulf Islands and northern San Juan Islands. Distance: 10.1m/16.2km - 1 h 28 min
Experience Roche Harbor Marina and Resort
Stop at Roche Harbor for an afternoon coffee or ice cream and walk the docks of its beautiful marina. Roche Harbor is a quaint village with artist kiosks to check out, English gardens to explore, a sculpture park to enjoy and a very unique mausoleum for the adventurous.
White Point Loop
Before heading back toward town explore the scenic roads of White Point. This route will take you past the Westcott Bay Cider and Spy Hop Distillery- have a taste of their local juniper gin or local apple ciders. This route also offers a nice ride on a narrow country road along the shores of Westcott Bay with limited traffic. Distance: 2.4 miles
Cycle to San Juan Vineyards
The route from Roche Harbor to San Juan Vineyards takes you southeast towards Friday Harbor. Along the way you will pass Westcott Bay, Lakedale Resort, and Sportsman's Lake. Distance: 6.4m/10.3km - 39 min
Arrive and explore San Juan Vineyards
Enjoy a break from the bike and try our local grapes. The vineyard has a number of award winning wines available for tasting. If wine isn't your thing, walk across the street and say hi to "Mona," San Juan Island's only camel. From here we shuttle to Lakedale Campground to relax for the rest of the evening.
Day 3 Go Sea Kayaking or Whale Watching
Today you can choose a Whale Watch and Wildlife Cruise or a Guided Sea Kayaking Trip. Your guide will provide you with all the kayaking equipment and instruct you on how to safely sea kayak in our calm local waters. On both tours you have the opportunity to see orca whales, bald eagles, porpoise, seals, minke whales, seabirds and other marine life. The choice is yours! Whichever option you choose you will get to experience the islands from a new vista. Spending time offshore is an important part of understanding the island community and its dynamic ecosystem. We will serve you a delicious seaside lunch along the way. Enjoy the views, salty air and the naturalist knowledge your guides will share with you.
Experience Wildlife
Our kayak route offers one of the best opportunities in the world to see wild orca whales from a kayak because we paddle in a federally designated whale habitat. Since we can't guarantee that they will show up on every kayak trip, we offer the option to increase the odds to over 90% by spending one afternoon aboard a whale watch cruise. The resident J, K, and L pods of orcas have recently been put on the endangered species list so our goal is to respect them, abide by the guidelines and not to paddle aggressively into their path. We will give you a lesson at the beginning of the tour for appropriate kayaking behavior near wildlife.
Day 4 Cycle Orcas Island Loop
After breakfast we will pack up and bring you to the ferry. The ride to Orcas is about 40 minutes up San Juan Channel and the beautiful Wasp Islands.
Cycle to Orcas Pottery
Cycle along the wildflower lined country roads of Orcas Island headed towards West Sound. As you look for wildlife along the way, you might also see young sailors learning to sail in the harbor. The road eventually leads inland taking us along the edge of Crow Valley which sits at the base of Turtleback Mountain. Distance: 8.2m/13.1km
Explore Orcas Island Pottery
Turn into Orcas Island Pottery where you'll find beautiful and unique pottery. Here you can enjoy art and a spectacular view of the northwest! Enchanted forests, breath taking views, quiet valleys, old growth trees and inspiring people. Take your time while exploring Orcas to experience its beautiful cultural and landscape.
Cycle to Eastsound
Take the Enchanted Forest Road up and over into town for a delicious picnic lunch overlooking the Sound. Distance: 3.4m/5.5km
Have lunch and explore Eastsound village
While your guides prepare a fresh and local lunch, you're invited to relax and enjoy the view, or if the tide allows, take a beach walk out to Skull Island to look for intertidal zone creatures. After lunch there will be a little extra time to explore the shops and sites of Eastsound. Find your perfect souvenir, browse the book shop, or enjoy an afternoon coffee. Eastsound is the picture perfect island village.
Cycle to Moran State Park
From Eastsound your route takes you down the other side of the horseshoe shaped island, up to Moran State Park. Distance: 5.6m/9.1km
Explore Moran State Park
Moran State Park is Washington's first state park and offers a variety of activities. Swim in crisp mountain lakes, cycle the 5.5 mile climb to the summit of Mount Constitution, walk to beautiful Cascade Falls or call it a day and climb in the van for a ride to the top. At 2,407ft the summit of of Mount Constitution is the highest point in the San Juan Islands and offers spectacular views of Mount Baker to the east and the San Juan archipelago in all directions.
Dinner and Camp at Moran State Park
Tonight we will camp along the shores of Cascade Lake with our tents pitched under old growth cedar trees at Moran State Park. Your guide will help you setup your tent and make sure you have everything you need to settle in for the night. Enjoy an evening stroll around the lake or relax at camp and have a glass of wine while your guide prepares dinner. Moran State Park has warm showers available and plenty of firewood for us to keep our toes toasty all evening.
Day 5 Take the ferry to Lopez Island
Wake up to your final breakfast and hot drinks to start the day. Pack up into the support van and head toward the ferry landing. Today's activities will be on the neighboring island of Lopez. The ferry takes about 40 minutes to travel around Shaw Island. Keep an eye out for whales, seals, eagles and even swimming deer!
Cycle to Lopez Village
With views to the southwest of the majestic Olympic Mountains this trek leads us to Lopez Village. Distance: 3.4 miles/5.5 kilomters
Arrive and explore Lopez Village
Our first stop will be in the small village of Lopez. This is a good place to grab a morning coffee or a freshly baked pastry from the amazing Holly B's Bakery.
Cycle from Fisherman Bay to Shark Reef
Cycle along the shore of Fisherman Bay and head out to Otis Perkins County Park to enjoy the scenery. Distance: 2.9m/4.6km - Known as "The Friendly Isle" Lopezians like to wave "Hello" to everyone- don't forget wave back! Continue on the quiet country roads toward Shark Reef County Park for a scenic walk and picnic lunch or snack. Distance: 4.3m/6.9km
Explore Shark Reef Sanctuary
Depending on your cycling speed and the time the trip started this could be a good place to stop for a gourmet picnic lunch. While your guide prepares lunch take a walk down to the water. The trail brings you through a beautiful Salal forest and pops you out on the rocky Southwest shore looking over turbulant Cattle Pass toward San Juan Island and the Olympic Mountains. Walk along the water and spot a number of harbor seals across the way on Shark Reef, the parks namesake.
Cycle to Agate Beach
Wind your way through the scenic farm land and along the shores of MayKay Harbor. Stop at Agate Beach to enjoy the views of the Iceberg Islands and a classic northwest pebble beach.. Distance: 6.8m/10.9km
Explore Agate Beach and Iceberg Point
This is the halfway point of your route. Explore this beautiful beach loaded with perfect skipping rocks, while your guides prepare a delicious picnic lunch. If time allows, make the walk to Iceberg Point, it is one of the most beautiful places on Lopez Island, enjoy.
Cycle to Spencer Spit
Start heading north through the center of Lopez Island enjoying its quiet country roads. Spencer Spit is a State park with a sandy beach, interpretive displays, and a marsh lagoon to check out. Distance: 11.1m/17.9km
Your TerraTrek trip concludes on Lopez Island
Cycle past the quiet northern bays and plentiful water fowl. The last stretch of your cycle trip brings you back to the Lopez Island ferry landing. 4.5 miles

$1399 Per Person

Every Monday-Friday from April-October
Custom tour dates available upon request.

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