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Old 08-03-2009, 10:09 AM
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Default San Juan Islands Bike Tour?

Hey all you knowledgeable bikers,


I am planning a bike-based Labor Day weekend trip all around the various San Juan Islands, using ferries and bike camping. I plan to drive near there from portland and then park my car somewhere,?? then bike around each island and then take ferries...

Does anyone have suggestions for a good route/tour as far as a multi-day bike tour where we could hit a bunch of the islands and have cool bike camping sites, things to do/see, etc? Please include as much detail as possible. I will most likely be doing this as a 3-night adventure /4 day adventure.

Having trouble finding something online...
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:18 AM
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When I went up last year, It was cheaper to take the car over to an island on the ferry (with 2 people in the car and 2 bikes on the back), rather than pay to park in the official lots. There is a surcharge for tall loads, so beware of bikes on roof racks which would bump you up to the higher cost. Inter-island travel is free as I recall, both on bike or car, once you pay for your initial trip. But you won't have to wait in a long line if you're on a bike!

There was another thread on here earlier this summer about biking the San Juan Islands. Had some good info...
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:44 PM
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Default San Juans / Washington Ferries

Three threads come up in this forum when you search for San Juan; there's some good info in them.

The Washington State Ferries website has lots of info. For example, for the Anacortes terminal, there is info on parking, shuttles from SeaTac/Seattle, bicycle loading procedure, etc.

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/info...?terminal_id=1

There are inter-island fares, but a round-trip ticket to Sydney allows multiple on/offs on the eastbound leg (if I'm reading their fares table correctly):

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/fares/ and http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/pdf/CurrentFares.pdf

Googling for "San Juan Island parks" turned up some info, including http://www.sanjuanco.com/parks/ and http://www.sanjuansites.com/thingstodo/parks/island.htm .

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Old 08-03-2009, 07:17 PM
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insta, i'd highly recommend the county park campsite on the west side of San Juan Island, an absolutely beautiful location with a view of Vancouver island and the Olympic Mts. Did some riding on Orcas,too, but not as good - the road from Eastsound over to Moran State Park is not especially enjoyable due to fairly heavy traffic. There's a San Juan Islands recreation guide that shows all the roads and is quite useful.

Time permitting, taking the AMTRAK Cascades to Seattle, and the Victoria Clipper passenger ferry to Friday Harbor is a hell of a lot more fun than driving I-5. It does cost a bit more, but well worth it.
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Old 08-18-2009, 01:18 PM
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thanks all (and particularly bikey),

i'll definitely try the county park campsite and report back how it was. If you were to do one weekend there, what route would you do and where would you camp? I'll obviously take your recommendation below of where to camp. Do you think I should use that as my base camp and then bike around each day from there, or is there another camp you recommend going to also?

I'm thinking of driving to Anacortes since I heard the trainstop is 20 miles away from the ferry (according to a lady I spoke with from one of the san juan recreation websites), then taking a ferry to the San Juan Island. Maybe I'll just skip Orcas though I heard they have good climbs and views and it's wooded. I'm surprised you don't recommend it. I heard it was wooded and pretty, but difficult (I'm not in amazing shape yet)
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:32 AM
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insta, Orcas was nice riding - except the eastern part out toward the state park, which was heavy traffic -- I'd avoid that. I've heard that Lopez is nice, quiet riding, with a good county park campground. So, depending on ferry timing and length of your stay, I'd circumnavigate San Juan island (camp one night at the park on the west side), hop over to Lopez, camp 1 or 2 nights there at the Co. park (near the ferry landing) - not sure if there's a County park on Orcas (?) but if so i might add that as a stopover and ride the west end of the island, where there's some good back roads.

have a great time -!
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