Over 4th of July weekend this year, my wife and I took a leisurely two-day bicycle tour of Camano Island, WA. It had been on my bucket list since reading this article back in 2014.
The ride had lots of small hills, but thanks to Camano Island’s mild climate it was never too hot – even in the July heat. Cabins and camping are available at two state parks, making it easy to split the ride into two days.
- Distance: 43.7 mile loop
- Elevation: 3,014 ft of elevation gain
- Time: Allow most of a day.
- Parking: Get into the car-free spirit by taking Amtrak to Stanwood, WA. This route features “roll-on-roll-off” bike service allowing hassle free un-boxed bike transport for an additional $5.
If you decide that driving makes more sense for you, there is a park & ride at “Terry’s Corner” near the island’s commercial hub. Although Camano is an island, it is connected to the mainland by bridge. No ferry is needed to reach Camano.
- Road Quality: Good. Smooth asphalt with occasional chip seal. Many areas have no shoulders.
- Traffic: Traffic is very light around the island, moderate on weekends and rush hour.
- Services: Camano Island is mostly rural and residential, but there is one supermarket and three smaller grocers spread throughout the island. Most services including restaurants and bars are in the northeast corner of the island near the bridge to the mainland. The printable Camano Island Bike Map shows grocery store locations.
- Camping: Tent camping and Cabin rentals are available at Camano Island State Park and Cama Beach State Park (cabins only, nice cafe). The two parks are a few miles away from each other and offer similar views. If you choose to tent camp, try to get a “hiker/bike” site. You’ll save money and you won’t be sandwiched between RVs.
The Island County Public Works Department publishes an excellent bicycle map of Camano Island – unfortunately split on two pages. We took the liberty of editing the map a bit and fitting it onto one legal-sized page for home printing. Download here for your enjoyment.