There are four miles of multiple use trails on Lopez Hill. The trails are designed as “primitive” trails as they are naturally surfaced, narrow, and have a minimum of artificial constructions and signage.
Trails are open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Please practice good trail etiquette: hikers and bikers yield to horses, bikers yield to hikers and horses. Per San Juan County Land Bank regulations, dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Trails may be closed seasonally to certain user groups in order to reduce damage to the trail surface and prevent erosion; please obey all signed trail closures.
The Friends of Lopez Hill publish a trail map/brochure to help raise funds for our organization. On Lopez Island, maps are available at the Lopez Bookshop, the Lopez Chamber of Commerce, Isabel’s Espresso, Village Cycles, and the Islander Resort. See our Directions and Maps page for more info on how to get maps.
The Trail Crew
The trails have been built by volunteers over the period of years. Periodic maintenance is performed as needed. If you are interested in being on our volunteer trail crew, just send us a message.
IMBA’s Rules of the Trail
These guidelines are developed by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails.
- Ride Open Trails: Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as required. Be aware that bicycles are not permitted in areas protected as state or federal Wilderness.
- Leave No Trace: Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage than dry ones. When the trail is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones. Don’t cut switchbacks. Be sure to pack out at least as much as you pack in.
- Control Your Bicycle: Inattention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk. Obey all bicycle speed regulations and recommendations, and ride within your limits.
- Yield Appropriately: Do your utmost to let your fellow trail users know you’re coming — a friendly greeting or bell ring are good methods. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Bicyclists should yield to other non-motorized trail users, unless the trail is clearly signed for bike-only travel. Bicyclists traveling downhill should yield to ones headed uphill, unless the trail is clearly signed for one-way or downhill-only traffic. In general, strive to make each pass a safe and courteous one.
- Never Scare Animals: Animals are easily startled by an unannounced approach, a sudden movement or a loud noise. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to you. When passing horses, use special care and follow directions from the horseback riders (ask if uncertain). Running cattle and disturbing wildlife are serious offenses.
- Plan Ahead: Know your equipment, your ability and the area in which you are riding and prepare accordingly. Strive to be self-sufficient: keep your equipment in good repair and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear.