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Gentle rolling hills make this the most bike-friendly island in the San Juans.
Lopez is perhaps the most serene of the San Juans with rolling hills, pastoral landscapes and sheltered bays. The island is considered to be bike friendly but be forewarned, some of the hills are long and steep. The closest island to Anacortes, Lopez is an easy day trip. Walk on the ferry with your bike, enjoy a ride, some food, and still have time to make the last ferry home. And no, you’re not famous - everyone waves at everyone on Lopez Island.
Lopez Village has a farmers market on Saturdays along with a bookstore, several restaurants, galleries and the Lopez Island Historical Society and Museum. Start your day with a world-famous cinnamon roll from Holly B’s Bakery and wander around town. You can rent a bike from Lopez Bicycle Works or a kayak from Lopez Kayak and paddle in the protected waters of Fisherman’s Bay.
There is a state park along with a number of county parks. Spencer Spit State Park offers trails, camping (37 campsites) and seashore. The spit juts out toward a nearby island forming a narrow channel that remains in stasis through the interplay of tide, wind and current. It’s a popular spot to moor and to have a picnic. Odlin County Park has 30 campsites, including nine beach access sites – perfect for kayak camping.
The entire island is a wildlife viewing zone. Bald eagles and a large variety of water birds inhabit the island. Visit Shark Reef Sanctuary – a primitive trail winds its way to the water, where you’ll see seals, sea lions and sweeping views of San Juan Channel. On a clear day, the Olympic mountains are visible to the southwest.
For more info, visit lopezisland.com.
Things to do on Lopez Island: Rent a bike and tour the most bike-friendly of all islands. Rent a kayak and paddle in the protected waters of Fisherman’s Bay. See sea lions at Shark Reef Sanctuary. Camp on the water at Odlin County Park, part of the Cascadia Marine Trail system.