San Juan Islands Weekend Cycling

Trip Length4 Days
Group Size4-12
Activity level
Starting from
$1,649 for REI Members
$1,799 for non-members
DeparturesAug 2024-Sep 2025

Great island cycling, panoramic views and endless adventure on this 4-day camping weekend on Washington's San Juan Islands.

Our 4-day bike touring journey offers adventurers a quick weekend getaway highlighting the best riding and camping of Washington's famed San Juan Islands. Great snowcapped peaks rise all around as scores of marine mammals and shorebirds bask on the craggy coastline. Whales and dolphins feed in the protected waters while cyclists enjoy the 'punchy' terrain on low traffic roads, enjoying the world-class scenery of Puget Sound.

Spend the day meandering along the quiet roads of San Juan, Lopez and Orcas islands. Experience the joys of hiking Mount Constitution, the highest peak in the San Juans. Catch photographic views atop the summit and on the descent as the sun reflects off myriad inlets. Dine on locally-sourced, organic meals prepared fresh daily by our guides throughout the trip. Each evening, we indulge in a campfire under the starry Pacific Northwest sky.

Don't forget your camera!

Viewing Lime Kiln Lighthouse with Vancouver Island, BC on the horizon.

Trip Highlights

  • Get a taste of island life of the Pacific Northwest while cycling the San Juan Islands
  • Explore scenic villages with local shops, marinas and restaurants
  • Cycle among snowcapped peaks, bountiful islands and beautiful beaches
  • Camp the great outdoors with starry nights and campfires along the lakes, bays and beaches


This trip is rated Moderate Plus [3-4]. Participants should be experienced riders who are comfortable in the saddle for 4-6 hours per day; they should be comfortable riding paved, chip-seal roads with light vehicle traffic. All participants must be familiar with cycling etiquette, be comfortable cycling in a group and with vehicle traffic.

Rides range from 25-35 miles per day. Terrain is hilly with a few steeper ascents and descents. Elevation gains and losses range between 1,700' to 2400' each day. Most hill gradients average 3-6% and a few steeper points can reach up to 10% grades. E-bikes are available in a limited quantity upon request. The 5.3-mile round trip out and back hike to the top of Mt. Constitution is steep in sections with an elevation gain/loss of 846'.

  • Cycling
  • Road Cycling

What's Included

Two professional guides; all meals as noted in the daily itinerary; transfers as noted on the daily itinerary; tent; sleeping pad; group cooking and camping gear; all park fees and permits. Guest's choice of a Drop Bar Road Bike, Flat Bar Road Bike, or a Drop Bar e-bike (based on availability).


Camping, 3 nights

Your Adventure Itinerary

Itinerary map for San Juan Islands Weekend Cycling
Day 1

San Juan - Ferry to Friday Harbor then cycle to historic parks and harbor towns

Our trip begins this morning in Friday Harbor, WA on beautiful San Juan Island. We'll load up our luggage and take a short transfer to Jackson's Beach for our orientation. While eating a freshly-made snack, our guides will brief the group and fit our bikes. We will then set off on our ride for the day visiting Cattle Point lighthouse, Lime Kiln state park and spectacular views of Haro Straight; looking over at Victoria, BC. Our last leg of our day takes us north to the quaint village of Roche Harbor for a quick visit around the marina or sculpture park. Our day finishes with a guide prepared meal at the Lakedale Resort camping area. Lunch and dinner included.

Cycling: 35-38; total elevation gain/loss: 2398'.

Day 2

Explore Lopez Island's expansive beaches and camp under starry skies

We will return to Friday Harbor by another route after a hearty breakfast just in time to explore the harbor and catch the late morning ferry to Lopez Island. After enjoying a picnic lunch on board and arriving on the island, we will ride the perimeter of the island to Lopez Village, Agate Beach Country Park and onward to our campsite for the evening at Spencer Spit State Park. The tradeoff is great views of Lopez Sound and the mainland with views of the North Cascades. All meals included.

Day 3

Cycle on Orcas Island and hike to the summit of Mount Constitution

Our guides will prepare breakfast in camp before we pack-up and ride the 4 miles back to the Lopez Island ferry terminal boarding the mid-morning ferry to Orcas Island. Upon arrival, we will mount up and cycle north to the quaint village of Eastsound and on to Cascade Lake at Moran State Park. After a tasty lunch, we'll make the transition from biking to hiking and tackle the Little Summit Trail to the top of Mount Constitution. Topping out at 2409', Mount Constitution is the highest point in the San Juan's and will be rewarded with spectacular, breathtaking views of the entire San Juan Island chain, the Olympic peninsula, Canada, and the North Cascades. After we enjoy the views from the summit, we will retrace our steps and head to Cascade Lake and tonight's camp at Moran State Park where there will be swimming, walking trails, and showers available. We'll review our achievements of the day around our evening campfire and guide provided meal. All meals included.

Cycling: 19 miles; elevation +1653'/-1283': Hiking: 5.3 miles; elevation +846/-846.

Day 4

Orcas - Cycle through enchanted forests and lunch al fresco then bid farewell

After a guide prepared breakfast in camp, our final day's ride will head toward Eastsound where there will be more opportunity to explore Eastsound and enjoy the local culture of Orcas Island. From Eastsound we will ride out through Enchanted Forest road to West Sound then to Deer Harbor where lunch at be Deer Harbor Preserve. Time permitting, we will ride back to the Orcas Ferry terminal, or otherwise transfer back to the ferry landing for a early afternoon sailing to Anacortes; or if preferred, a late afternoon sailing to Friday Harbor. Breakfast and lunch included.

Cycling: 25 miles; total elevation gain/loss: 1681'.

Itinerary map for San Juan Islands Weekend Cycling

Gear List

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