Guemes Island Cycling

Guemes Island Washington

Guemes Island is a small, car-friendly island that can accessed by a short ferry ride across the Guemes Channel, which takes only 8 minutes. This island is famous for its relaxed atmosphere and stunning natural beauty. Cycling is a popular way to explore and appreciate the island’s many charms.

There are multiple cycling routes available on Guemes Island, which vary in difficulty from easy to challenging. The most popular option is a 12-mile ride around the entire island. This route provides views of coastline, rolling hills, and picturesque farmland. Along the way, you can spot various wildlife in different areas.

For another option, you can ride to the Guemes Mountain Trail and hike to the summit. This round-trip trail is 2.2 miles long and offers breathtaking views of the island and the surrounding Puget Sound. Please be aware that the use of bicycles is not allowed on trails. There is a bike rack available for you to park your bike.

If you prefer a more relaxed journey, take some time to explore the island’s backroads and side streets, where you can find a variety of hidden treasures.

Here are a few specific cycling routes that you may enjoy on Guemes Island:

South Shore Loop: This 7-mile loop takes you along the island’s south shore, past beaches, farms, and the Guemes Island General Store.

North Shore Loop: This 8-mile loop takes you along the island’s north shore, past Guemes Mountain and the Guemes Island Resort.

Complete Guemes Island Loop: This 12-mile loop takes you on the outermost roads. There are many fantastic territorial views and wildlife moving about.

Guemes Mountain Trail: This 4-mile round-trip trail offers stunning views of the island and the surrounding Puget Sound. However, the use of bicycles is not allowed on trails.

Guemes Island Cycling

No matter your fitness level or interests, there are cycling routes on Guemes Island for everyone to enjoy. Ride onto the ferry and explore this beautiful island at your own pace.

Here are a few tips for cycling on Guemes Island:

  • Bring plenty of water and snacks. There are limited amenities on the island.
  • Pack a lunch and enjoy one of the many parks or nature preserves.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture your adventure.
  • Please be respectful of the island’s residents and wildlife.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery and the laid-back atmosphere!

Sunset over San Juan Islands from Guemes Island Mountain (c)Chris LeBoutillier