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Bicycle Ride

Pear Point/Cattle Point/False Bay to Friday Harbor Loop

Bicycle Ride · Washington
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  • San Juan Historical National Park, American Camp
    / San Juan Historical National Park, American Camp
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
  • Gate art on San Juan Island
    / Gate art on San Juan Island
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
  • False Bay
    / False Bay
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
  • Road to Cattle Point Lighthouse
    / Road to Cattle Point Lighthouse
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
  • Friday Harbor
    / Friday Harbor
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
Map / Pear Point/Cattle Point/False Bay to Friday Harbor Loop

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. 

41.1 km
2:45 h
356 m
352 m

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. 

Author’s recommendation

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. 

outdooractive.com User
Author
Hannah Lafleur
Updated: May 18, 2018

Highest point
74 m
Lowest point
6 m

Safety information

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. 

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

San Juan National Historical Park (American Camp)

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. 

False Bay
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. 

Start

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island (18 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
48.534126, -123.014893
UTM
10U 498900 5375669

Destination

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Turn-by-turn directions

0.0 miles - Starting from Intersection of 1st St and Spring St (one block up from Ferry Terminal Roundabout), head STRAIGHT ON 1st st, keeping the ferry terminal and water on your left. 

0.1 miles - 1st St becomes Harrison St. Continue STRAIGHT ON Harrison St as it climbs the small hill. 

0.2 miles - Reach stop sign intersection of Harrison St. and C St. Continue STRAIGHT ON through intersection, remaining on Harrison St. 

0.5 miles - Harrison St intersects with Turn Point Rd. BEAR RIGHT onto Turn Point Rd and continue as the road runs parallel to the ocean. 

2.5 miles - Turn Point Rd curves to the right and becomes Pear Point Rd. Continue STRAIGHT ON Pear Point Rd. 

5.0 miles - Reach T intersection stop sign at Argyle Ave. TURN LEFT onto Argyle Ave.

5.2 miles - Reach T intersection stop sign of Cattle Point Rd. TURN LEFT onto Cattle Point Rd, passing the airport on your right. 

6.6 miles - After descending up the hill, Cattle Point Rd will continue bending to the left. You will also see The Corner Store on your left. Continue STRAIGHT ON Cattle Point Rd. You will remain on Cattle Point Rd all the way to American Camp National Park and Cattle Point Lighthouse. (6.6 miles or 35 mins). 

9.8 miles - Reach sign for American Camp National Park, BEAR LEFT continuing on Cattle Point Rd. 

13.2 miles - After descending the steep hill, arrive at pullout for Cattle Point Lighthouse. When you are ready to resume your ride, head back STRAIGHT ON up the hill on Cattle Point Rd, following the route you came in on. 

17.9 miles - TURN LEFT onto False Bay Rd, following the road through as it winds through the trees. You will continue on False Bay Rd for approximately 3.5 miles as it wraps around False Bay. 

21.4 miles - Reach T intersection stop sign of False Bay Rd and Bailer Hill Rd. TURN RIGHT onto Bailer Hill Rd. 

22.1 miles - BEAR LEFT, keeping on the main road as it slopes up and to the left. You are now on Douglas Rd and will have an immediate right turn coming up (Little Rd). 

22.3 miles - TURN RIGHT onto Little Rd. 

22.6 miles - Road reaches T intersection stop sign with Cattle Point Rd (your original route). TURN LEFT onto Cattle Point Rd, retracing your route back to Friday Harbor.  

24.4 miles - After passing the airport on your left, TURN RIGHT back onto Argyle Rd (same route you started on). 

24.7 miles - After riding around a sharp bend, continue STRAIGHT ON past Pear Point Rd (your original right), remaining on Argyle Ave. 

25.4 miles - After coming down the hill, you will arrive back into Friday Harbor. TURN RIGHT at the intersection of Argyle Ave and Spring St, continuing on Spring St. through town. 

25.5 miles - Your ride is complete as you arrive back at your starting point of Spring St and 1st Street. 

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Distance
41.1 km
Duration
2:45 h
Ascent
356 m
Descent
352 m

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