Where to Run: Roche Harbor, WA

Run Roche Harbor

We’re always on the hunt for a new place to run, and we’d be willing to bet that you are to. So we decided that whenever we find a run worth writing home about, we’d let you know.

Last weekend we found one. And let me tell you, it was pure Calf Candy.

The run starts in Roche Harbor, Washington. Roche Harbor is a small resort town on San Juan Island that was built in the 1880s as a lifeline to the Tacoma Lime Company, and it retains much of the historical grit you’d expect from a 130+ year old island mining town. If you’re into the touristy stuff, you should check out Hotel de Haro (where President Theodore Roosevelt stayed in 1906) and the intact lime kilns along the water.

We recommend lacing ’em up on the main pier, right next to Lime Kiln Cafe because, well, it’s never a bad day when you start a run over the ocean. No need for water, either. The loop we’ve outlined below is just over 5.5 miles, although you can expect rolling hills throughout.

With your back to the water, hang a right off the pier and follow the sculpture path along the water until it ends. Hold the course (straight) and you should wind up on a paved road that curves up and to the right. This is the road that you’ll stay on for the majority of the loop (Armadale Rd). After about a mile you’ll hit White Point Rd and a view that opens up to the bay. Stick left at the fork and you’ll be on your way back to the resort.

Once you get 2.35 miles into the run, you’ll wind up on Roche Harbor Rd, and will be next to a small private airport. Keep straight because over the next hill you’ll be able to see Speiden Channel. If you time the run, you’ll be able to catch the ferry that runs between Victoria, BC and Friday Harbor. There’s really only one road on this part of the island, so keep with it, and you’ll end up on a small peninsula. Take a right on Brooks Ln (again, the only road there is) and you will loop right back to the same road that took you out to the peninsula in the first place.

Once you get back to Roche Harbor Rd, stick to the right, run up the hill, and you’ll end up back at the resort. Don’t forget to take in the view at the top of the hill. A solid reward for your efforts!

Oh, and by the way, we didn’t see a single moving car on this run (at 9am). Not bad…

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