Trails and Bicycle Paths

Bicycle Awareness & Safety

The scenery of San Juan County attracts thousands of visitors every year. As beautiful and inviting as the roads are for bicycling, they are also narrow, winding, hilly, and often without shoulders and is some cases not paved. Cyclists need to pay close attention to the roadway condition and flow of traffic. Whether you are negotiating a stretch of pavement with a vehicle overtaking you, or anticipating traffic at a blind curve, it is important to ride defensively. Be aware of motorists' difficulties maneuvering along these roads.

Many Island roads are best suited for experienced cyclists. Sections of these roads can be difficult, especially if you have a child, trailer or are loaded with equipment.

Plan Your Route

It's important to plan your route, facilities and terrain vary quite a bit from island to island.
  • Orcas Island has narrow roads with steep grades, although there are stores and restaurants at several locations on the island, there are few public restrooms or locations for potable water.
  • San Juan has good cycling for all ability levels, but few amenities for bicyclists outside of the Town of Friday Harbor.
  • Lopez has less hills, but is by no means flat, and has limited services outside of Lopez Village.
If you decide to camp, plan ahead to ensure an enjoyable visit. It can be a long way to a campground if your bike's loaded and you're not familiar with the route. Visit San Juan County Parks to make camping reservations at county owned facilities

Please respect the rights of private property owners. Most land and many local roads are privately owned.