Trek Travel’s #13 Greatest Ride In The World.
Orcas Island is part of the archipelago of the San Juan Islands in the pacific northwest.
Discover this ride on our San Juan Islands trip.
The ride through the island takes you up and down small hills that keep even the best cyclist on their toes.
Riders will be surrounded by the deep green and towering trees that is characteristic if the pacific northwest- pair that with the low population of the island and you feel transported to a simpler time. Views of the bay and a stop at Orcas Island Pottery to see local artists work keeps anyone enthralled. When you need more challenge than the rolling hills, enter Mt Constitution- 5 miles of winding upward through lush forest to an incredible 360 degree view overlooking the island dotted seas off the coast of Washington and British Columbia.
“The thing that impressed us the most was the overall planning that went into this trip. The amount of research that went in and the itinerary that emerged made this a memorable experience.”
-Andrew, Trek Travel Guest
Three Things You Need to Know
San Juan Archipelago consists of over 400 islands with 128 of them named and only a handful inhabited. There is not a single traffic light on the San Juan Islands.
Though the San Juans are in the rain shadow of the Olympics and thus experience far less rain than the rest of the pacific northweat, always be ready for possible rain. The average highs in the summer barely break the 70s, and when you climb MT Constitution, it can be 10 degrees cooler at the top, so bring layers.
The island has some punchy hills, but many, when riding the rolling hills, underestimate Mt. Constitution. Be ready for it mentally and keep your fuel level high.
Rent a kayak or SUP down the road from Eastsound at Crescent Beach Rentals; Rent a Trek bike from Wildlife Cyles and grab a treat from Rose’s bakery before riding away.
Whale watching tours are available all over the island. Be sure to get on one for an unforgettable experience.
Discover this ride on our San Juan trip.