Mount Baker and the San Juan Islands

Pacific Northwest Ride

The San Juan Islands and Olympic Peninsula

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Climate Ride Pacific Northwest is an exciting international route that explores the newly-coined Salish Sea (which includes Puget Sound, the Georgia Strait, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca) while riding counter-clockwise and discovering the best of the Pacific Northwest. On this itinerary, we will start and end in Seattle and we'll visit Washington State's San Juan Islands, Canada’s Vancouver Island, and the spectacular Olympic National Park. 

                   

You'll ride along beautiful rugged beaches, visit historic port towns, breathe the cool, fresh air of the temperate rainforest, and pedal to the peaks of the stunning Olympic Mountains. From tide pools to glaciers, this five-day cycling adventure offers a diverse array of landscapes that deliver the cycling experience of a lifetime accompanied by many new friends.

You can learn more about this trip by clicking the tabs above.

The Basics

Trip Dates:    August 2-6, 2018 (TBC)  
Start Location:   Seattle, WA  
End Location:   Seattle, WA  
Fundraising Commitment:   $3,000 minimum  
Trip Length:   5 days  
Activity:   5 days riding  
Total Mileage:   185 to 240, with multiple daily mileage options  
Average Daily Mileage:   42  
Accommodations:   Campgrounds and University Dorms (Hotel Options Available)   
Maximum Group Size:   60 people  
Other Trip Notes:   A valid passport is required, since we cross into Canada.  
       
       

Important Dates

     
Fundraising Deadlines      
          $500 to be raised by:   TBA  
          $1000 to be raised by:   TBA  
          $2800 to be raised by:   TBA  
Transfer Deadline   TBA  

Day-by-Day Info

Day 1 – Arrival and Ride Lopez Island, ~35 Miles

Participants should arrive into the Seattle-Tacoma airport (SeaTac - SEA) the previous day to meet up with the shuttle north (because the meeting time is so early).

We will have two locations to meet-up on Day 1: one at SeaTac Airport and one just north of Seattle at Cascade Cycling Center.

5:00 am - pick up at a designated hotel at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) Please see the Travel Information tab for more details.

6:00 am – pick up at Cascade Cycling Center (near Fremont)

After meeting up with you, our journey begins with an early morning shuttle north of the busy city to Anacortes where we'll jump on an hour-long ferry ride to Lopez Island. Keep an eye out for otters, harbor seals and orcas as we navigate the hour-long trip through the beautiful San Juan Islands. Set your clocks to 'island time' because today's ride explores the best of Lopez Island's quiet roads. After a picnic lunch on the island, we'll ride a loop through farmland and along beaches back to the ferry terminal for a second ferry to San Juan Island. Once we arrive in Friday Harbor, we’ll pedal 5 miles to our lakeside camp. Tonight, we'll enjoy a tasty welcome dinner and our first evening program before turning in for the night. 

Day 2 – Ride San Juan Island, ~42 miles

After a hearty breakfast, our ride circumnavigates San Juan Island, the second largest of the 128 named islands that make up this scenic archipelago. Along the way, we'll stop at several breathtaking spots including Lime Kiln Point - where you'll want to keep an eye out for orca whales. We'll also visit the quaint village of Roche Harbor for an afternoon snack before continuing to our camp for the night. There, we'll enjoy a locally-catered dinner and fall asleep under the stars. 

Day 3 – Ride Vancouver Island, 19, 25 or 42 miles

Day 3 begins by riding back to Friday Harbor. Bring your passport because we will be boarding a ferry bound for Sidney, British Columbia. After passing through customs, we'll continue our ride down the Saanich Peninsula on the Lochside Regional Trail with a stop for lunch and the option to taste some of Canada’s finest organic cider.

The rest of the day is yours to choose your own adventure! You’ll have the option to stroll through the extensive landscapes at the world-famous Butchart Gardens (additional expense), explore the beautiful city of Victoria, enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, or crank out more kilometers (remember, you're in Canada now!) along the Galloping Goose rail-trail.  Tonight we will stay right near downtown Victoria in dorms on the university campus. Dinner is on your own tonight, giving you the chance to experience this dynamic, culinary city where you'll feel as though you've been suddenly transported to Europe. 

Day 4 – The Olympic Peninsula, ~59 or ~91 Miles

Today we will get up bright and early to catch the first ferry to Port Angeles on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. From here, we'll join 700 others cyclists for the annual Ride the Hurricane event which features a challenging ascent from sea level to the 5,200-foot summit of Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. This road is considered one of the most scenic climbs in the US and to make it even more enjoyable, the road will be closed to cars and traffic - making for an unforgettable experience.

If 20 miles of climbing with a 7% grade is not your idea of fun, we have another great option for you today. You can catch the later ferry out of Victoria, and we'll all meet up for a picnic lunch near Port Angeles. After lunch, we will travel eastward along the Olympic Peninsula through the fern and cedar-lined foothills of the Olympic Mountains. Most of today’s route is on the paved Olympic Discovery Trail which crosses many streams and rivers that are a vital spawning habitat for all five species of Pacific salmon. We will ride to the Victorian town of Port Townsend and our last camp of the week. There, we'll enjoy some of the area's famed local flavors and celebrate our journey together. 

Day 5 – Port Townsend to Seattle, ~30 Miles

On our last day of riding, we’ll jump on the ferry from Port Townsend to Whidbey Island, catching views of distant Mount Baker and Mount Rainier. Once on Whidbey, we’ll pedal through towering forests on quiet roads and enjoy our final picnic of the week along the way. Then, it’s a quick pedal to the ferry terminal which takes us back to the mainland where we’re pack up our bikes and gear and shuttle back to Seattle to say our goodbyes. 

Overnight Locations

Climate Ride Pacific Northwest is a 4-night, 5-day cycling trip that showcases the best of the Pacific Northwest.

Each evening, we'll be staying in campgrounds and even a university dorm. Amenities in camp include hot showers, a first aid station with 24/7 ice, and clean restrooms. Three of the nights are camping, so you should bring your tent, sleeping bag and pad. If you'd like to stay at hotels during the ride on these nights, we will shuttle you to designated hotels near camp. More information will be available in the Travel Planner after you register.

Breakfasts and dinners are handled by the staff at our overnight stops. Think hot breakfasts with lots of options and coffee, and nourishing, tasty dinners with delicious desserts. Picnic lunches are prepared by our amazing food crew and include lunch meats, veggie options, salads, and all the fixings. Our morning snack table will have items to-go to keep you energized all day while riding.

On Climate Ride Pacific Northwest, camp becomes a travelling village and dynamic community. In the evenings after dinner, we’ll gather for our Evening Program which features speakers, roundtable discussions, and other events. Cycling doesn’t get better than on Climate Ride!

Travel Info

The trip begins with pick-ups at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), which is very easy to get to from nearly anywhere in the country. It is located about 14 miles south of downtown Seattle with daily flights offered by many carriers. We recommend arriving the day prior to the trip start.

The shuttle will pick up at a designated hotel near the airport at 6:00 am on the morning the trip begins. This preferred hotel will have special rates and will be a good option if you plan to stay in SeaTac before and after the ride (more information about the pre/post-ride hotel and pricing will be included in your Travel Planner after you register). 

If you are driving to Seattle, you will be able to leave your car at the Cascade Bicycle Center (near Freemont)

If you're staying in downtown Seattle before the trip, SeaTac is a 45-min ride south on the Link light rail system. The light rail travels between Westlake Station in downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport, making 11 stops along the way. Link trains run every 7.5, 10 or 15 minutes depending on the time of day. Service is available from 5 am to 1 am Monday through Saturday and from 6 am to midnight on Sunday and holidays. Adult fares range from $2.25 to $3.00 depending on how far you travel. Visit www.soundtransit.org/tripplanner for more information.

After the pick-up, we will have a two-hour shuttle up to our ferry. From Anacortes, we will sail to Lopez Island, where our first day's riding begins. 

At the end of the trip, you can depart the ride in downtown Seattle and extend your stay, or we'll shuttle you back to SeaTac airport to catch an evening flight. Please do not make plans to depart SeaTac airport (SEA) before 7 pm.

More travel information will be provided in the Travel Planner and Experience Guide which will be available after you register.

Transporting Your Bike

Many first-time riders have questions about getting their bike to the event. While it may seem complicated, it's not. You have a few options for getting your bike to and from Climate Ride. The best option will depend on your itinerary, timing, and budget. Plan on spending a little time to research which option works best for you. Send us an email if you have questions that are not answered by the info below.

Disassembly: If you need to ship your bike, most likely you will need to disassemble it. This means removing the pedals, seat, front and rear wheels, and handlebars, and deflating the tires. Each part should be wrapped separately in bubble wrap. You can do this yourself, or most bike shops will do it for you for a cost of approximately $50-80.

Boxing: Most bike shops offer boxes, but you should reserve one early as they may be in demand. There is usually a small charge of about $10 for the box. We can transport cardboard bike boxes during Climate Ride for you to re-use at the end.

Flying with your bike (boxing required)

If you fly with your bike, all airlines have handling fees for checking bikes, payable at the ticket counter. When making your airline reservations, please check the rate and any restrictions for checking your bike.

Shipping Your Bike with Bike Flights

Bike Flights offers great rates and insurance for your shipping your bicycle. Disassemble and pack your bike in a cardboard bike box or a hard sided bike shell. You can also have a local bike shop pack your bike for you. Once your bike is boxed, book online at www.bikeflights.com. Here you will enter the weight, dimensions and shipping location of your bike. You will receive more information on where to ship your bicycle upon registering.

When shipping your bike to the ride, you have the option to either have it picked up or you can drop it off at a local UPS, Fedex or DHL location.

Taking Amtrak with your bike

If you are traveling to the ride with Amtrak, you may be able to bring your bike onboard! Learn more here.

FAQ

Still have questions? Check out our FAQ and Polices pages or email us!