Explore the most popular views trails near Mission with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Really great views along this trail of the water, many nice places to pause for a break. Not busy at all. Falls are worth seeing!

hiking
18 days ago

Very scenic, the trail goes up and down lots which I prefer over a long continuous uphill. The falls were pretty a definite must do.

19 days ago

Great trail, logging road and incline going most of the route but worth the view on a clear day.

nature trips
20 days ago

It is combination of two trails. I would rate the lake trail as EASY and falls trail as MODERATE. The falls trail left me wondering at times if I am on right track. My phone measured the total distance as 5.2 kilometres.

A great little hike! Yes, the trails could use a bit better marking, but so long as you have a copy of the map & GPS you'll be find. We got sidetracked just after the lake & ended up going into the campgrounds, but if that happens to you, turn left & you'll meet back up to the path or you can just go back & take the right trail. At the most eastern part of the trail, if you end up taking the right fork, it leads to a lookout, which is nice. My partner & I looked around the corner of the left side of the fork & he felt the hill on the right hand side would be pretty typical of the path on the left so he just went down there. I opted to go back & take the left trail. I'm glad I did as it was super easy to follow & get down. The Outlook to the main falls is getting pretty herd to see through now, & we saw the cave down by the falls so we decided to make our way down to the falls itself. Glad we did. It was a fun hike to the cave. Spoiler alert, it's just a 10ft deep hole. The main lake is a great afterthought to the hike to cool down. =)

hiking
26 days ago

As some other reviews mention, this is just a decommissioned logging road. The first kilometer is a fairly steep uphill, but gets a bit more gradual after that. Other than a small steep stretch this is an easy wide clear trail and you could almost classify it as easy. My trip was during light rain with low cloud cover so no views to be had, only encountered one other group. May try again on a clear day for some better views.

walking
1 month ago

Keep to the left on all of the forks, it’s pretty much up hill the whole way up the logging roads. Beautiful views at the top. Great cardio.

hiking
1 month ago

It’s basically an old logging road. Gravel and rocks the whole way. Pretty much uphill the entire hike. Only saw 5 other hikers the entire time. Not well marked, we had no idea if we were even walking up the right trail until we met other people about 2/3 of the way up and they confirmed it was.

Love Rolley Lake trail we go every week, it is pretty easy and a nice hike, there is some rocks, tree roots and logs to walk over but nothing much at all.

The Rolley lake falls however is not easy at all. the trail its self is difficult to find and there are areas that you are not even sure your on the right path.

I go hiking with my mom and my 8 year old son and our dogs and this trail was a little difficult.

Beaware it takes a longer then expected time and where you have to go down you have to come back up again.

There are many big rocks, logs, roots and fallen trees to climb over and at one time it looks like there were stairs but they are all worn away now.

There should be two different entrys on this page about the two different trails and different ratings.

Easy after work-before dinner hike! The trail is really well maintained and suitable for all skill levels.

This is a great waterfall to visit that is definitely less busy than some others such as bridal falls. It's actually very stunning in its cascading beauty. We actually discovered freshwater crayfish down below it as well. A hidden gem.

Nice and quick trail. By itself it's a short hike but it's also connected to the larger trail system for those who want a longer hike.

Nice day out but trail to the falls is NOT well marked out.

Beautiful, not well travelled trail through the forest with moderate elevation. Note that the gates to the parking don’t open until 9 am. At one point the birds were so loud I thought I had walked into the jungle; it was really quite something. You will see a sign saying that the bridge is closed but if you keep going the trail becomes less travelled and eventually you will be rewarded by finding a canoe dock and a great place for a swim. On the way back be sure to pop down to view Steelhead Falls (the stairs down have recently been re-done and it’s open now).

clean trail with nice waterfall as a reward in the end

The loop is not open since BC Hydro doesn't want to spend the money needed to upgrade the floating bridge across Harsine inlet. contact Hydro to protest

walking
2 months ago

Great trail. Short walk but a beautiful destination. The trail is open. I don’t know why it’s marked closed.

This hike is actually a loop around the entire lake. It was closed for a long time while they did seismic upgrades on Ruskin Dam-- it should be open now-- check first! I found the Reservoir Trail less scenic, and it is longer as well, so some may want to stick to the in and out of the Railway Trail :)

From the Website:

Follow the path of a historic railway

Railway Trail runs down the west side of Hayward Lake. The pathway of the trail once served as the railway connecting nearby Stave Lake Reservoir to the district of Mission. The flat and wide area makes for a fairly easy hike with a brief section of inclines and declines. Hikers and bikers can make their way down the 6-km trail all the way to the Ruskin Dam located at the south end of the lake before crossing over the dam to Reservoir Trail.

See the dam and waterfalls

On the opposite side of the lake, Reservoir Trail will take you on a 10-km walk through the forest. Follow the north end detour for views of Steelhead Falls and don't miss the canoe landing towards the south end to take a short break and enjoy views of the lake.

Note: You can also walk to the waterfall from the Reservoir trail parking lot. It's a kilometre or so in I think.

Very good but long hike but not that very hard.

Beautiful views of the lake and not too strenuous. We spent 3.5 hours slowly out and back.

Trail is currently OPEN with the exception of Hairsine Inlet as the floating bridge has been removed. Getting to the parking lot and walking down to the falls is no problem.

Did the short hike from the parking lot to the dam, amazing views through the forest and walking on the dam was exhilarating

perfect with the dog and kids. all enjoyed. been back a few times.

4 months ago

Great trail, flat around the lake, the hike to the bottom of the falls and back was steep and had some rocks and roots to navigate.

4 months ago

Trail clear of snow for the season.

Good easy going trail. Small secluded sandy beaches give good respite. Trail is good for recreational runners as well as some small uphill parts which are great for short sprints. Beautiful views across the lake.

Road leading to the trail is currently closed.

Beautiful short walk to the falls. Took my four kids and they enjoyed it!

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