San Juan Islands Bike Tour, Lizard Head Cycling Guides
   
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San Juan Islands

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San Juan Islands Bike Tour: Highlights

San Juan Islands

San Juan Islands

View from Mount Constitution on Orcas Island

Day 3 view from Mount Constitution on Orcas Island

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Overall Route Map

San Juan Islands Bike Tour: Tour Dates

Potential tour dates are listed below. Please see the spring/fall calendar or the summer calendar for confirmed departures. Any unopened date can be a Custom Week (9 riders required). Please contact us via email or call 970.728.5891.

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San Juan Islands Bike Tour: Overview

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Tour Length: 6-Days/5-Nights Lodging

Starting Town: Everett, WA (Guests fly into SeaTac. A Saturday 5:00pm shuttle from SeaTac to the meeting hotel in Everett will be offered.)

Ending Town: Everett, WA (Guests fly out of SeaTac.)

Total Miles: 214 (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Mileage Range: 24-44

Ability Level: Intermediate (2/3)

Tour Cost: $2,700 per person. Group discount of $200 per person for groups of 4 or more.
Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

Single Room Supplement: $400 for a private room each night of the tour.

Tour Includes: 5 nights of lodging (Sunday through Thursday), 6-days of meals, guide service, entrance fees, daily lunch en route, energy food, liquid refreshments, shuttles and mechanical support. Alcoholic beverages, massage & bike rental are additional.

Lodging for 5-Nights: (subject to change based on availability)

NOTE: Meeting Hotel and Ending Hotel reservations and costs are NOT included unless specified otherwise. Guests are on-their-own to make reservations at the Meeting Hotel or Ending Hotel, or other nearby hotels.

Bike Rental

Road Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. In addition we also have electric bikes available for rental at $375/week. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.

Electric Bike Rental: We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value).

Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.

Read more on our Road Bike Rental FAQs page.

Meals On Tour

Lunches: Lizard Head Cycling Guides prepares healthy lunches to keep you going. We will serve you fresh organic fruits and veggies, salads, hummus, sandwich fixings, nuts, gourmet cheeses and of course plenty of salty/sweet snacks such as chips and cookies. We pride ourselves on being able to cater to specific dietary requests, so rest assured that you will be able to get the nutrition that works for you during the week. Gluten Free, Dairy Free or a someone who loves it all – we will keep you well fed during the tour!

Dinners: Lizard Head Cycling sources our favorite restaurants in each town that we visit. Our guides focus on establishments that offer fresh and local ingredients. Guests choose whatever they desire to eat off the menu: including appetizer, salad, entree and of course dessert... yum! :) Also, while on tour if a guest wants to dine early before the group and go to bed, this is fine. We understand that on some days sleep is the most important post-ride element.

San Juan Islands Bike Tour: Itinerary*

Day 0: Arrival in Seattle

Riders either drive to the meeting hotel (TBD) in Everett, WA, or fly into SeaTac. A Sunday 5:00pm shuttle from SeaTac to the meeting hotel in Everett will be offered.

The Space Needle in Seattle

The Space Needle in Seattle

Everett, Washington - Home of the Boeing Corporation

Everett, Washington – Home of the Boeing Corporation

Day 1: Kayak Point Park to Ancortes, WA
40 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

We will load the van early morning at our meeting hotel in Everett, WA and shuttle to Kayak Point Park. After gearing up and getting on the bikes, we travel northwest passing through Skagit Valley, traverse Fidalgo Bay via the Tommy Thompson Trail bridge and finally arrive at our destination of Ancortes, WA.

Skagit Valley in the Spring

Skagit Valley in the Spring

Fidalgo Bay

Fidalgo Bay

Elevation Profile: + 1296 / – 1305 ft

Elevation Profile: + 1296 / – 1305 ft

Day 2: San Juan Island Loop Ride
30 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing

We catch an early morning ferry from Ancortes to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island and after unloading, we will embark on a leisurely loop ride of the island to eventually return to Friday Harbor to check into our accommodations for the next three nights.

Cycling on San Juan Island

Cycling on San Juan Island

Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor

Elevation Profile: + 2441 / – 2441 ft

Elevation Profile: + 2441 / – 2441 ft

Day 3: Orcas Island Loop Ride
43 miles with 5,200 feet of climbing

On our first layover day, we will ferry from Friday Harbor to Orcas Island to unload the bikes and take a tour of the island including a climb up to Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan Islands at 2,400′. We then ferry back to Friday Harbor back to our hotel and dinner.

The ferry to Orcas Island

The ferry to Orcas Island

The view from Mount Constitution

The view from Mount Constitution

Elevation Profile: + 5167 / – 5167 ft

Elevation Profile: + 5167 / – 5167 ft

Day 4: Lopez Island Loop Ride
24 miles with 1,500 feet of climbing

This will be our second layover day and today we will ferry early morning from Friday Harbor to nearby Lopez Island do a short 24 mile loop ride. We then ferry back to Friday Harbor late morning and guests will have the remainder of the day to explore or relax before dinner.

There will also be an option to go on a 3 hour orca whale watching tour at noon.

Lopez Island

Lopez Island

San Juan Orcas

San Juan Orcas

Elevation Profile: + 1443 / – 1443 ft

Elevation Profile: + 1443 / – 1443 ft

Day 5: Ancortes, WA to Coupeville, WA
27 miles with 2,200 feet of climbing

We once again catch a ferry ride from Friday Harbor to Anacortes, unload the bikes and make our way to Coupeville, WA for our final night of lodging and to have our farewell dinner.

Anacortes, Washington

Anacortes, Washington

Captain Whidbey Inn in Coupeville, Washington

Captain Whidbey Inn in Coupeville, Washington

Elevation Profile: + 2162 / – 2100 ft

Elevation Profile: + 2162 / – 2100 ft

Day 6: Coupeville, WA to Clinton, WA
44 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing

On this final day, we depart Coupeville and take a leisurely route down through Whidbey Island to eventually take our final ferry ride from Clinton, WA back to the mainland and then back to our meeting hotel to end the tour.

Deception Pass on Whidbey Island

Deception Pass on Whidbey Island

Beautiful roads await in the San Juan Islands

Beautiful roads await in the San Juan Islands

Elevation Profile: + 3436 / – 3432 ft

Elevation Profile: + 3436 / – 3432 ft

San Juan Islands Bike Tour: Logistics & FAQs

Bike Shipping

Lizard Head Cycling recommends shipping with BikeFlights.com. Bikes can be shipped either to our partner bike shop in each meeting town for professional assembly or directly to the meeting hotel for self-assembly. Bike boxes can generally be left at the meeting hotel during the tour. Bikes shipped across the continental US should be shipped 8 days prior to your tour.

Meals
Most meals are included. In total 5 dinners, 5 breakfasts and 6 lunches are included.

Breakfasts and dinners are in restaurants where clients either order off the menu or choose from a buffet. Fresh lunches that include salads, local fruit, vegetables and meats are served in roadside parks by the Lizard Head Cycling Guides. Any dietary preferences or allergies should be noted on the registration form. Each of Lizard Head Cycling’s lunches contains gluten free options.

If on any given night a guest is tired or not feeling particularly social, they can choose to eat early and retire. Lizard Head Cycling enjoys hosting its guests for meals each evening, but understands some of us may just need to lie down after a day in the saddle. A meal should not feel like marathon after a big day on the bike.

Ride Difficulty
This is designed for intermediate to advanced cyclists with various levels of fitness.  Each day there are additional mileage options for advanced riders.

Tour Support
A 15-passenger van and trailer that carries luggage, food and equipment supports Lizard Head Cycling’s tours. Cyclists keep a day bag that is accessible within the support vehicle.

The vehicle will sag and then pass riders to set up aid stations every 20 to 25 miles. This allows cyclists to linger at the back and then take a ten-mile, fifteen-mile or whatever mile “bump” forward to catch-up or get ahead of the group. Energy food, drink mixes, and fresh fruit are available throughout each stage.

The Daily Schedule
Cyclists ride their own pace. Lizard Head Cycling does its best to support riders in their varying desires and efforts. Cyclists can either use our tours to simply support their tour experience or to engage in a guided experience along the route.

Cue sheets with directions, profiles and locations of aid stations are given out for each stage.

General Tour & Cancellation Policies

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all of our tour and cancellation policies, which can be found by clicking here.

Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides highly recommends clients purchase Travel Insurance through MH Ross Travel Insurance. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below or Lizard Head Cycling Guides can also set-up a policy for its clients.

The estimated cost for a 50-year old buying insurance for a $2,500 tour ranges from $100 (standard plan) to about $200 (cancel for any reason plan).

Lizard Head Cycling Guides Custom Sales Portal Link is:

https://www.mhross.com/index.php/consumer/portal/LIZA0855CO

  • The best options for our clients are either the Asset or Bridge plans.
  • The Asset-Plus & Complete plans both include a Cancel-For-Any-Reason option.
    • As a result these plans cost more.
    • The Cancel-for-Any-Reason option is only available when insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial deposit.
 

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

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