Get ready for a wonderful loop ride as you circle San Juan Island with a stop in historic Roche Harbor.
This spectacular ride around San Juan Island hits some real highlights including Lime Kiln Point State Park, considered one of the world's premier locations to view Orcas from the land. Not to mention historic and serene Roche Harbor which has some of the island's oldest structures and a fascinating history. A good portion of the ride is right along the coast with dramatic turns, cliffside viewpoints, and plenty of opportunities for photos that will make everyone back home jealous.
With so many great stops on this ride, we recommend budgeting for another one to two hours off the bike. Lime Kiln State Park is a great spot to see Orcas and there are plenty of picnic areas and viewpoints accessible along the way. Roche Harbor also hosts a number of restaurants with harbor views as well as one of the coolest sculpture parks you'll ever see. With minimal ascents and descents, this loop ride is one of the best on the entire trip.
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
This cliffside park is the perfect spot for a break and some whale watching. With a running log on when the last whale has been spotted and an iconic lighthouse, this is a stop you will definitely enjoy.
You'll feel like you stepped back in time once you reach this historic resort and harbor. The thriving village boasts vintage architecture, beautiful gardens, a number of restaurants and cafes, and is the perfect spot for an afternoon beverage. Don't forget to take a stroll through their one of a kind sculpture park before making your way back to Friday Harbor.
If you're in the mood to sample some local vintages, this is the spot to do it. Right off Roche Harbor Rd, you'll find San Juan Vineyards, a family-run winery that offers excellent selection and food to go with it.
Food and Drink
Friday Harbor has plenty of options if you want to grab something to bring with you on your ride. Otherwise, you'll have to wait until you reach Roche Harbor to stock up on anything else or have a bite at one of the seaside restaurants while you're there.