Pacific Northwest - The Olympics and Islands of the Puget Sound Cycling Tour
Assembly Point: Edmonds, WA
Tour Cost: $3,150
We’ll gather in the harbor village of Edmonds, north of Seattle, where we’ll board the ferry erly morning of Day 1 for the short voyage across the Sound to Kingston. We’ll ride from Kinston to the northern shore of the Olympic Peninsula, and on to Sequim. A short side journey from Sequim leads to the scenic Dungeness Spit and an opportunity for a great lunch at three crabs. We’ll continue on to Port Angeles along the new off-road Olympic Discovery Trail to the seaside setting of the Bayshore Inn, where we’ll spend the next two nights of our biking trip.
We’re headed to Olympic National Park on Day 2 and a never-to-be-forgotten cycling tour to Hurricane Ridge. Without a doubt, the 17-mile climb to the summit rises to epic levels, but the reward is well worth the effort.
Following our second overnight in Port Angeles, we’ll board the Black Ball Ferr to Victoria early morning of Day 3, We’ll ride north from Victoria to Butchart Gardens and following our tour of Butchart, ferry to Saltspring Island, the largest and most developed of the Canadian Gulfs and our home for the next two nights. We’ll explore the island’s many coves, secluded beaches and quaint villages on Day 4 and then set sail for the outer islands early morning of Day 5. We’ll tour Galiano that day, spend the evening in Village Bay and then its on to San Juan Island, where we’ll spend our next two nights in the luxurious Friday Harbor Suites.
Day 7 will be dedicated to a 46-mile grand tour of San Juan Island. We’ll cycle to Roche Harbor in the morning and visit British and American Camps, Lime Kiln and Cattle Point in the course of the day. At Lime Kilm, we’ll hike the short distance to Whale Watchers Point in hopes of catching a glimpse of the magnificent Orca Whales that frequent the waters off the point.
Following a second night in Friday Harbor, we’ll ferry to Orcas Island and ride from Deer Harbor to Moran State Park and our encounter with Mt. Constitution. We’ll return to the village of Eastsound for a final night and then ferry to Lopez lsand the following morning. In many ways, you likely will feel that we’ve saved the best for last. Lopez’ 36 miles of hilly, traffic free cycling are a cyclist’s dream- a great finale! We’ll ferry to Anacortes for a van shuttle return to Seattl where our cycling tour concludes.
|Day 1||Edmonds—Sequim—Dungeness Spit—Port Angeles.||62 miles|
|Day 2||Port Angeles—Olympic National Park—Hurricane Ridge; Hike Hurricane Hill (4 miles)||34 miles|
|Day 3||Ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, BC; cycle to Butchart Gardens||30 miles|
|Day 4||Saltspring Island||38 miles|
|Day 5||Galiano Island||42 miles|
|Day 6||Ferry to San Juan Island|
|Day 7||San Juan Island||46 miles|
|Day 8||Orcas Island||38 miles|
|Day 9||Lopez Island; ferry to Anacortes; van shuttle return to Seattle.||46 miles|