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San Juan Island Loop

Bicycle Ride · Washington
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  • Oceanside road on San Juan Island
    / Oceanside road on San Juan Island
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
  • Lime Kiln Point State Park, San Juan Island
    / Lime Kiln Point State Park, San Juan Island
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
  • Road to Roche Harbor, San Juan Island
    / Road to Roche Harbor, San Juan Island
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
  • Roche Harbor
    / Roche Harbor
    Photo: Hannah Lafleur, Macs Adventure
Map / San Juan Island Loop

Get ready for a wonderful loop ride as you circle San Juan Island with a stop in historic Roche Harbor. 

46.3 km
3:30 h
398 m
398 m

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. 

Author’s recommendation

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. 

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

Highest point
96 m
Lowest point
4 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

Lime Kiln Point State Park

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. 

Roche Harbor

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.

San Juan Vineyards

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. 

Start

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island (15 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
48.534749, -123.016113
UTM
10U 498810 5375738

Destination

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Turn-by-turn directions

0.0 Miles - Starting at the intersection of Spring St. and 1st Street, with your back to the water, head STRAIGHT ON up the hill on Spring St. You will pass the movie theater on your left. 

0.2 Miles - Reach four-way stop at the intersection of Spring St and Caines Ave. Continue STRAIGHT ON through the stop sign, remaining on Spring St. 

0.6 Miles - BEAR LEFT at the fork (Lampard St) and continue on Spring St. 

1.6 Miles - TURN LEFT onto Douglas Rd, following signs for Lime Kiln State Park - 7.3 miles. 

3.3 Miles - BEAR RIGHT as the road curves down the hill, you are now on Bailer Hill Rd.  You will continue on this main road all the way to Lime Kiln State Park (approximately 5.5 miles or 30 mins). 

7.3 Miles - After descending hill, with water directly in front of you, continue STRAIGHT ON the road you are traveling as it becomes West Side Rd. 

8.9 Miles - Reach the entrance to Lime Kiln State Park. Continue STRAIGHT ON through the stop sign, following signs for the parking lot area. After you've enjoyed the beautiful views and are ready to continue riding, hop back on the bike and head out of the park back to the main road. 

8.9 Miles - After existing Lime Kiln State Park, TURN LEFT at the stop sign, back onto West Point Rd, and head up the hill.

13.1 Miles - Continue on the main road is it slopes to the right and head STRAIGHT ON, passing signs for Snug Harbor Resort. You are now riding on Mitchell Bay Rd. 

14.5 Miles - Road reaches T intersection stop sign at West Valley Rd. TURN LEFT onto West Valley Rd. 

17.3 Miles - After briefly entering and exiting San Juan National Historic Park (English Camp), you will reach T intersection stop sign at Roche Harbor Rd. TURN LEFT onto Roche Harbor Rd. 

18.7 Miles - You will see the Roche Harbor Sculpture Park on your left, as you approach Roche Harbor. If open, TURN RIGHT onto Scenic Byway path down towards the water. If closed, continue STRAIGHT ON up the hill, following signs for Roche Harbor. Take some time to enjoy this historic harbor and depart back the way you came on Roche Harbor Rd when ready. 

18.7 Miles - Passing the Roche Harbor Sculpture Park on your right, continue STRAIGHT ON Roche Harbor Rd, following the route you came in.

20.0 Miles - Passing your original route in on your right (West Valley Rd), head BEAR LEFT, remaining on Roche Harbor Rd. You will continue on Roche Harbor Rd all the way back to Friday Harbor (approximately 7 miles or 40 mins). 

27.3 Miles - Arrive back into Friday Harbor as the road you are traveling on becomes Tucker Rd. Continue STRAIGHT ON Tucker Rd as it ascends a small hill heading towards the High School at the top of the hill. 

27.7 Miles - TURN LEFT onto Guard St. You will pass the high school on your right after the turn. 

27.8 Miles - Continue through the All-Way Stop sign and BEAR RIGHT as the road becomes 2nd street, passes the courthouse, and slopes down towards the Town Center. 

28.1 Miles - Reach T Intersection of 2nd St and Spring St. TURN LEFT onto Spring St. Your ride is now complete. 

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Distance
46.3 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
398 m
Descent
398 m

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