Enjoy all that peaceful and pristine Lopez Island has to offer on this ideal loop route.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Points of Interest
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.
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.