Cycle The Islands

Here’s why you should hop on a ferry or take a weekend drive to get out of town for your next ride. These loops are curated for intermediate to expert riders who are looking for longer, more challenging routes and loops.

LOPEZ ISLAND

This is the best route for intermediate riders, as it is the flattest of all the islands but still offers a solid 30-mile loop. Don’t be fooled, however, the lack of elevation doesn’t mean cyclists have to sacrifice stunning landscapes. You will traverse plenty of remote beaches and rocky cliff sides with minimal road traffic.

THE STATS

Total distance: 30 miles
Total climb: 1,971 feet
More info: discoveryadventuretours.com
Start point:  Lopez Village

SAN JUAN ISLAND LOOP

This island trek is a little hillier and longer than the Lopez Island loop option, but there are plenty of perks along the way. If you aren’t trying for time, this trail will take you past plenty of iconic beach lookouts and parks, including Lime Kiln State Park, to stop and take in the scenery. End your trek by sipping wine at the San Juan Vineyards and bask in your accomplishment.

THE STATS

Total distance: 25 miles
Total climb:  2,302 feet
More info: discoveryadventuretours.com
Start point: Roche Harbor

HURRICANE RIDGE

Located on the Olympic Peninsula, this iconic route starts at Port Angeles waterfront and climbs up to the Hurricane Ridge visitor’s center, where you can take a short rest. Beware, you will certainly earn your breathtaking mountain views as you cycle through old growth forests and steep hills throughout the entire loop.

THE STATS

Total distance: 40.5 miles
Total climb: 5,341 feet
More info: olympicpeninsulacycling.com
Start point: 221 N Lincoln St, Port Angeles

CAMANO ISLAND LOOP

This classic ride circumvents the entire island, offering non-stop waterfront views and a trip through the Camano Island State Park. With little traffic on the island, it’s a safe ride for cyclists of all levels and is within a reasonable distance from Seattle or the Eastside for a half-day ride.

THE STATS

Total distance: 45 miles
Total Climb: 2,386 feet
More info: wabikes.org
Start point: Camano Commons, 848 N Sunrise Blvd Ste C, Camano

FORKS TO KALALOCH

This scenic, relatively flat route starts on the coast and follows the US Scenic Highway 101 through beautiful old growth forest and marine adjacent terrain. This route is better for cyclists that are a bit more comfortable sharing the road with motorists, although can be completed safely for those who know the rules.

THE STATS

Total distance: 37.5 miles
Total climb: 1,965 feet
More info: olympicpeninsulacycling.com
Start point: 432 S Forks Ave., Forks

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