This enjoyable ride takes you around Pear Point and down through San Juan National Historical Park, where you'll take in some breathtaking vistas, expansive beaches, and unique wildlife, before looping back to Friday Harbor.
Head out of bustling Friday Habor and make your way around Pear Point, a small peninsula not far from town. Once you've completed the first portion of this ride, you'll head towards San Juan National Park and American Camp. A gorgeous stretch of terrain that leads you to the southern peninsula of the island and one of the great stretches of beach you'll find on the entire trip. Spend some time at the American Camp Lighthouse or take a stroll on one of the many trails that run along the cliffs and beach, with great views of Vancouver Island and the Olympic range, you'll have a great time on this beautiful ride.
Incredibly picturesque San Juan National Historical Park is a great place to spend some time off the bike. Whale sightings are common and the beaches are excellent if you are lucky enough to have a sunny day. There are also a number of casual hikes and trails dotted around the Cattle Point Lighthouse, on the southern tip of the park and furthest point south on your ride. Make sure to bring some food and drink with you into the park as there are no options to purchase these once you arrive.
You'll be traveling on paved main roads for the entirety of this ride but use caution as most roads have minimal shoulders. Motorists are generally very courteous to cyclists but use caution at all times.
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 and stay away from posted private property areas.
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
Tick off a US National Park from your list as you cruise through this beautiful seaside park. Have lunch at the Cattle Point Lighthouse or on one of the many beaches available to the public. With one of the longest stretches of beach, you will find on the islands, this ride is sure to be an enjoyable one.
You'll cruise right past this quiet bay on the backend of your ride. A great spot to jump off the bike and take a break!
Food and Drink
Friday Harbor boasts many options for food and drink before you head out on your ride. From cafes to walk-in fish n chips, to sit down restaurants, you can't go wrong. As for options during the ride, The Corner Store on Cattle Point Rd is a good pit stop for those looking to stock up on supplies before heading down to American Camp.