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Lopez Island Loop

· 1 review · Bicycle Ride · Washington
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  • Iceberg Point
    / Iceberg Point
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
  • Trails at Iceberg Point
    / Trails at Iceberg Point
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
  • Cove at Iceberg Point
    / Cove at Iceberg Point
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
  • Shark Reef Sanctuary
    / Shark Reef Sanctuary
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
  • Forrest road on Lopez Island
    / Forrest road on Lopez Island
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
Map / Lopez Island Loop
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Enjoy all that peaceful and pristine Lopez Island has to offer on this ideal loop route. 

40.7 km
3:35 h
369 m
366 m

The mellow yet jam-packed route takes you through windy country roads, past historic homes and farms, and to some of the best viewpoint access points on the island. Take your time as you ride beautifully maintained roads and don't forget to pack your lunch, as you'll want to enjoy it overlooking the sea at chillingly gorgeous Iceberg point. There's even a chance to spot Orcas as you walk along the cliffs that overlook the ocean. 

Author’s recommendation

Our route takes you through the heart of Lopez, all the way to the southern tip of the island and back up the west side, with multiple opportunities to pull over and enjoy the sweeping views. You'll get a feel for the slow-paced life on the island and get ready for more than a few "local waves" as passing motorists can't help but give a nod or friendly wave hello. 

We recommend purchasing your lunch in Lopez Village and there are two grocery stores within walking distance of your accommodation. Otherwise, there is only one other option for food on the southern portion of the island and we suggest stopping here on your way to Iceberg Point. Grab a sandwich or some snacks on your way and make sure you have plenty of fuel for the day's ride. 

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Author
Hannah Lafleur
Updated: May 18, 2018

Highest point
85 m
Lowest point
0 m

Safety information

You'll be traveling on nicely paved roads the entire day and don't forget a pair of sneakers as a visit to Iceberg point is a must. No biking on that trail however so, be prepared to ditch the two wheels for some old fashion foot power. The roads themselves are a great balance of ascents and descents, with minimal elevation change. 

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. We also recommend keeping your bike light on and set to flash, even during daylight. 

Equipment

Always be prepared to bike 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. Don't forget your camera and even a pair of binoculars if you plan on spending a little time whale watching. 

Tips, hints and links

Points of Interest

Iceberg Point

A short loop hike out to stunning cliffs, overlooking neighboring Victoria and the Olympic range. The perfect spot to eat lunch while keeping your eyes peeled for whales, small vessels, and bigger ships. 

Shark Reef Sanctuary

Another great spot for a break, with trails running along the cliffs above the water. Sea lions and harbor porpoise sighting are common, with seemingly endless views of the neighboring islands. 

 

Food and Drink

Lopez Village is your best bet to stock up on snacks and supplies for the day's ride. There is one option, for food and drink on the southern portion of the island, Southend General Store and Restaurant, which you'll pass on your route. This general store has plenty of options to take and go, as well as an in-house restaurant with a great patio. 

Start

Lopez Village, Lopez (7 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
48.523053, -122.913241
UTM
10U 506406 5374441

Destination

Lopez Village, Lopez

Turn-by-turn directions

0.0 miles - Starting at the intersection of Lopez Rd and Village, with Edenwild Inn on your left, head STRAIGHT ON Lopez road, up the hill, keeping the water on your right. 

0.1 miles - Lopez Rd. will intersect with Fisherman Bay Rd. TURN RIGHT onto Fisherman Bay Rd, passing the fire station on your right. 

0.2 miles - TURN LEFT onto Hummel Lake, continue up the hill, the sea will be at your back. 

1 mile - You'll reach 3 way stop sign intersection of Hummel Lake Rd. and Corner Rd. Continue STRAIGHT ON through the intersection, keeping on Hummel Lake Rd. Careful, traffic from the right does not stop. 

1.5 miles - Hummel Lake Rd intersects with Port Stanley Rd, TURN RIGHT and continue on Port Stanley Rd. 

2.3 miles - You'll reach another stop sign as Port Stanely Rd intersects Lopez Sound Rd. TURN LEFT and continue on Lopez Sound Rd as it heads down the hill.

3.7 miles - After you ascend a short hill, BEAR RIGHT and follow School Rd. as it continues up the hill. 

4.7 miles - The road you are on, School Rd., intersects at a stop sign with Center Rd. You'll see a power station ahead of you. TURN LEFT onto Center Rd, passing the school on your left. 

5.7 miles - Reach the stop sign intersection of School Rd. and Center Bay Rd. Head STRAIGHT ON through intersection, continuing on Center Rd. 

6.2 miles - Road will slope down and to the left, continue down the hill as it BEARS LEFT, following the slope with a guard rail on your right. You are now traveling on Mud Bay Rd. 

6.5 miles - BEAR RIGHT and continue following Mud Bay Rd. as it slopes right and down the hill.

9.2 miles - You'll pass Southend Market and head STRAIGHT ON following Mud Bay Rd., passing the Market on your right. We highly recommend stopping to pick up a sandwich or snacks for your lunch at Iceberg Point. 

10.4 miles - TURN RIGHT onto Aleck Bay Rd. 

11.0 miles - BEAR RIGHT, following Aleck Bay Rd as it ascends up a small hill. 

12.5 miles - Aleck Bay Rd will end at T intersection with a stop sign. TURN LEFT onto Mackaye Harbor Rd, as it gently slopes up the hill. 

12.6 miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON MacKaye Harbor Rd. as it runs along private beach and docks on your right. You will see signs for DEAD END, stay on paved rd as it curves around Bay towards Iceberg Point. 

13.3 miles - You have arrived at Agate Beach Park and parking lot. You can park your bike here near picnic tables or continue STRAIGHT ON for an addition .1 miles to sign for Iceberg Point trail and additional bike rack. 

13.4 miles - Ride resumes as you head STRAIGHT ON back on the same road you came in on. 

14.1 miles - Continuing down the hill on Mackaye Harbor Rd, you will pass Aleck Bay Rd (the route you came in). Continue STRAIGHT ON past Aleck Bay Rd, following Mackaye Harbor Rd down the hill. The water will now be on your left.

14.6 miles - Road ascends sharply, continue STRAIGHT ON following the S-Curve of the road.  

15.1 miles - Mackaye Harbor Rd will reach T-intersection with Mud Bay Rd. Southend Market will be on your right. TURN LEFT onto Mud Bay Rd (if you are not stopping at the market) and continue up the hill. 

16.1 miles - Begin a short descent, you will see a Bikers road sign, TURN LEFT onto Vista Rd. 

16.7 miles - Head STRAIGHT ON Vista Rd as it gently curves up and to the right. 

17.4 miles - You will reach stop sign at the intersection of Richardson Rd. and Vista Rd. BEAR RIGHT at the stop sign, following Richardson rd. 

18.1 miles. TURN LEFT onto Davis Bay Rd, you will see open fields on either side of you as you continue on Davis Bay rd. 

18.3 miles - Follow slope of the road as it curves upwards and to the right. Continue STRAIGHT ON Davis Bay Rd. 

19.2 miles - The road will reach a fork. BEAR LEFT onto Burt Rd and continue up the hill. 

19.9 miles - Road ends at T intersection of Shark Reef Rd. TURN LEFT onto Shark Reed Rd. to visit Shark Reef Preserve.  Shark Reef Preserve Sign and a bike rack will be immediately on your right. If continuing onto Lopez Village, TURN RIGHT

20.9 miles - Road turns sharply to the right with Golf Course directly in front of you. Continue STRAIGHT ON Shark Reef Rd, passing the golf course on your left. 

21.7 miles - Road ends at the stop sign T Intersection, of Shark Reef Rd and Airport Rd. TURN RIGHT onto Airport Road. 

22.1 miles - Road ends at another stop sign T intersection, of Airport Rd and Fisherman Bay Rd. TURN LEFT at stop sign, traveling onto Fisherman Bay Rd. 

22.9 miles - Continue STRAIGHT ON Fisherman Bay Rd as it descends down the hill towards the sea. 

23.2 miles - You will reach the shoreline, continue STRAIGHT ON Fisherman Bay Rd, with the shoreline to your left. 

25 miles - You will pass the fire station on your left, TURN LEFT onto Lopez Rd, following signs for Lopez Village.  

25.1 miles - You've arrived back into Lopez Village. 

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Cathy Battle
September 06, 2019 · Community
Moderate ride, challenging but very beautiful...Do not miss the walk to Iceberg point...Nice place to picnic beside the water there.
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Distance
40.7 km
Duration
3:35 h
Ascent
369 m
Descent
366 m

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