Orcas Landing - Crow Valley - East Sound - Orcas Island

Orcas, Washington

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A moderate ride through a pastoral valley and past historic villages to Orcas Island’s center, with several side trips along the way. Orcas Road (also called Horseshoe Highway) is the main road on Orcas Island that links the ferry landing to the village of East Sound. The route can be busy, particularly around ferry arrival times, and cyclists will find little in the way of a road shoulder, making the traffic feel at times a little too close for comfort. Luckily, there are some alternative routes to East Sound that will not only get you off major sections of this road, but also give you a look at some of the quieter and more scenic sides of Orcas Island.
San Juan Islands: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

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San Juan Islands: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

by Dave Wortmand (Falcon Guides)

A moderate ride through a pastoral valley and past historic villages to Orcas Island’s center, with several side trips along the way. Orcas Road (also called Horseshoe Highway) is the main road on Orcas Island that links the ferry landing to the village of East Sound.

The route can be busy, particularly around ferry arrival times, and cyclists will find little in the way of a road shoulder, making the traffic feel at times a little too close for comfort. Luckily, there are some alternative routes to East Sound that will not only get you off major sections of this road, but also give you a look at some of the quieter and more scenic sides of Orcas Island.

© 2005 Dave Wortmand/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Orcas
Distance: 9.5
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best spring through fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Orcas Landing - Crow Valley - East Sound - Orcas Island

Recent Trail Reviews

7/19/2006
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I rode Mt Constitution and the loop with the "wall" off of crow loop. Mt consitution is a challenge. 5 miles of 10-15%grade with hairpin switchbacks. The view is terrific, the descent was scary, and I'm glad to say I rode it, but overall Orcas is too busy, roads crowded, and little room for cyclists. We had to drive our bikes to places, then ride. I liked the other islands better, but Orcas is definantly the most challenging. The "Wall" near the town of Eastsound was abit of a letdown. It was steep (16%), but the ride on San Juan on the west side by Lime Kiln park is alot better.



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