The Alpine Club of Canada - Vancouver Section

Cycling Tour de San Juan Islands - Mount Constitution - Sat, May 17 2014, Sun, May 18 2014, Mon, May 19 2014

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The Basics:
Event Type:Social
Event Location:San Juan Island's, USA
Date(s) & Time:Sat, May 17 2014, Sun, May 18 2014, Mon, May 19 2014  7:20 AM
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 16 2014 4:20:00 AM
Event Duration:3 days
Difficulty Rating:D2: Moderate
Event Leader(s): John Koch-Schulte
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Member Cost:$45.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members & Guests, 18 & Older Only
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Cycling Tour de San Juan Island’s

The goal is to ride up Mount Constitution in Moran State Park on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands.

This is the ideal itinerary. I have never organized a cycling ride this complicated (ferry’s make it harder) before so we may have to change the plan along the way. I am pretty much compressing a 4 day trip in 3 days. After Bellingham, the whole trip is fairly hilly. I can’t really think of any flat portion at all (except maybe the ferry terminal.)

Saturday morning – Ride to border and meet in Blaine at 8:00am. (cyclists go straight inside to pass immigration. expect at least an hour inside border as this is one of busiest times of year) ride from Blaine to Anacortes (61 miles) on Saturday morning. Should be around 6 hours of riding time. We’ll have stops along the way for coffees and snacks. Goal is to catch the 3:40pm ferry to Orcas Island. Depending on energy levels we may try camping at Obstruction Pass State Park (20 hard miles or around 2.5 hours) on the southeastern part of the island. This is a really beautiful campsite.

Sunday – Wake up and leave camp 7’ish and ride up Mount Constitution (2.5 hours or so to the top from the campsite).

(Average grade: 8.5 % Length: 6.37 km Height start: 186 m Height top: 733 m Elevation gain: 547 m Maximum: 12 %)

Then ride to the ferry terminal (say 2 hours). Try to take 12:40 ferry to Friday Harbour (arrive 2:00pm) and spend night at San Juan Park on west site of San Juan Island (around 2 hours cycling). We’ll ride counter clockwise around the island and try and check out the crazy little resort harbor of Roche Harbor on the way.

Monday – Wake up early and complete the southern part of the island (1.5 hours). 9:55am catch ferry to Sidney, BC and ride bikes catch ferry back to Vancouver. Arrive Tsawwasen and ride back to Vancouver for mid-afternoon.


I think $25 for the ferry and $8 for each night of camping. Cost may be a bit higher.

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passport, bike, tent, repair kit, and other cycling relate gear.
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Member Cost:$45.00/Person
Cost Includes:ferry from anacortes to sidney, bc and two nights camping.
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