Lopez Island Bicycling
Lopez Island is the recreational cyclist’s paradise. Pretty flat, with only the occasional gentle hill to break up the day a little, it allows for a leisurely day in the saddle.
Bring your own, or rent bikes from Lopez Bicycle Works or Village Cycles, where there’s every type of bike available—from road to mountain and cruisers, as well as kids’ bikes, tandem bikes and recumbents.
You can rent bikes by the hour, the day or the week and Lopez Bicycle Works is only four miles from the ferry landing and one mile from Lopez Village, so even if you come on foot, it’s not difficult to reach.
Once you’re ready, and have stocked up on requisite picnic supplies in the village, head out and explore.
Lopez has the most water vistas of the islands, and the road around the island often clings to the shoreline. You’ll also pass plenty of farmland and natural areas—if you’re here in the late summer bring a bowl and pick blackberries in various spots.
Don’t miss the Shark Reef Sanctuary on the west side of the island, where a short 10-minute hike through a forest will lead to rocks where you’ll get views over the water and an almost certain seal (and perhaps sea lion and otter) sighting—just be sure to follow the path around to the left.
On the east side of Lopez Island is Spencer Spit State Park, so called because of the lagoon-enclosing sand spit on which it rests. You can also rent bikes (or kayaks) from Outdoor Adventures on the beach here.
One of the prettiest areas on Lopez Island is Watmough Bight in the southeastern part of the island. Here you’ll get fabulous views of Mount Baker and the Cascade Mountains, or look down into the water to see purple starfish and jellyfish. This area’s not marked on the Lopez map as a park but take it from us: It’s worth veering off for.
Our full service bike shop is located next to the fudge shop in the village on Lopez Island. We provide high quality, efficient bicycles for rent and bike tours of Lopez with local guides. Our service department is top notch. Repairs are done in a professional, timely manner, on the spot when needed. We sell a diverse selection of accessories and components. We are your local bike shop when you're away from home! [more...]
Escape with TerraTrek on a two- to six-day bicycle and multi-sport vacation through the San Juan Islands. Only a short drive from Seattle or Vancouver B.C., the San Juan Archipelago is an ideal getaway because of our long days of sunshine and plenty of activities. Enjoy cycling along quiet two lane country roads lined with wildflowers that wind down to spectacular vistas of neighboring islands and snowcapped mountain ranges, hiking around lakes that lead down to waterfalls, and kayaking past pebble stone coves and rocky islets in orca whale territory! [more...]
We are the San Juan Islands' oldest bicycle shop and have been meeting the needs of cyclists since 1978! Lopez Island is the premium biking island, since we are less hilly than the other San Juan Islands. At Lopez Bicycle works, we have the best rentals, best prices and best service. Lopez Bicycle Works is like fine wine, it gets better with age! We are located at the marina next to Lopez Kayaks and Lopez Islander Resort, about four miles from the ferry landing. We are open seven days a week, from May to September. [more...]