Enjoy a beautiful ride on secluded roads, past seaside homes, and quaint farmland as you make your way into Lopez Village.
The ride from Lopez Ferry Terminal to Lopez village is the perfect introduction to the "quiet Island" as the locals call it. After a short ascent, you'll quickly transition from wooded, windy roads to open countryside and serene sea views as you wind your way towards Lopez village. Passing farmhouses, beachfront homes, and meticulous gardens, the road to Lopez Village offers a true feel of what island living is all about.
The route to Lopez Village is well maintained and offers a peaceful ride with little car traffic. The ride itself is quite short but if you can't wait to snap a picture or two, Swifts Bay is the perfect spot for a quick stop. As there are no amenities until you reach Lopez village, we advised you purchase any snacks on the ferry and fill up your water bottle before you disembark. Your baggage transfer driver, Della, will be waiting for you in the circle lot directly in front of the Ferry Terminal.
The paved road has minimal elevation change and is in very good condition. Residents in cars give wide berth to bikers and there is plenty of opportunities stop and take a break if needed.
There are a few uphill and downhill sections, and we recommend you control your speed on those descents.
Before starting your ride it’s always worth inspecting your bike for any damage. Check for any damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tires are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when biking. If you are doubtful of the condition of your rental bike please call the office or the local bike shop on the number provided in your information pack.
Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling. Good shoes, a windbreaker-type layer, sunscreen, and sunglasses are ideal items for a sunny day. If you happen to have rainy weather, waterproof pants and a jacket are a must.
Most cyclists wear [fingerless] bike gloves for some padding on the handlebars. Don't forget a spare battery pack for an emergency charge of any navigation unit you may decide to use.
Points of Interest
Take a quick break at Swifts Bay to check out the driftwood sculptures and get your first glance at "beach life" on Lopez Island.
This charming village is small enough to not get lost but has everything you could ask for. Great restaurants, shopping, and public park space close to the shore make for an ideal location to "take it slow" and enjoy the island vibe.
Food & Drink
You won't have access to food and drink options until you reach Lopez Village so be sure to stock up on any necessary provisions in Anacortes or on the ferry. Once in Lopez Village, you'll find restaurants, groceries, and cafes. Some of our favorite restaurants include Haven (waterfront bistro) or Ursa Minor which has some great local fair in a comfortable setting.