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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.

Yes I recorded about 8.2 (round trip) miles from the parking lot .

I did this hike August 4th-5th, 2018 with my friend. We’re both in our 20’s, no significant pre-existing injuries and both physically active. It’s one of the most beautiful hikes with breathtaking views of the tops of the North Shore Mountains, but the most technically difficult, physically demanding hike I have ever done. (And I am avid hiker, have done the West Coast Trail, Tour du Mont Blanc, and most major hikes in the Vancouver and Whistler areas)

Advice and Safety Tips:
- Recommended (by us and everyone we met) as a 2 night, 3 day hike (Contrary to trail info and reviews that it can be a SINGLE overnight...Heck NO! Not if you want to be able to walk the next day!)
- Magnificent (but gruelling) first day ~9-11 hours
- VERY steep and technical ascents and descents *careful of your footing when wearing a heavy pack!*
- Would be extremely dangerous pre, post, or during a storm (DO NOT CONTINUE)
- On your first day, there is no water until you reach Magnesia Meadows (recommended to camp earlier) after you ascend and partially descend:
1. St. Mark’s Summit (1371m)
2. Unnecessary Mtn (South&North Peaks)(1548m)
3. The Lions Ridge (~1520m)
4. Thomas Peak (1430m)
5. Enchantment Pass (~1380m)
6. James Peak (1466m)
*We camped in the meadow after James Peak*
7. David Peak (1496m)
8. Harvey Pass (~1460m)
- PACK SNOW WHEN YOU SEE IT (treat snowmelt water with Aquatabs)
- James Peak signage is easy to miss (and many people did) *just before the top, look for markers to exit down to the LEFT to save yourself time and effort*
- As a single overnight, option to take Mount Brunswick Trail down to Lions Bay (as we did) 1480m down to 220m over 3-4hrs. Tough on the knees!

- GEAR MUST HAVES:
- North Shore Trail Map (SAVED US!)
- Bear Spray (hikers saw a black bear near our trail)
- Satellite Phone (would be VERY easy to slip and get injured and be in a dangerous spot fast)
- Hiking poles (NECESSARY for the knees on downhills)
- Hiking boots (especially to protect toes and ankles with weight of a camping pack)
- 5L of water (replenish at EVERY opportunity! Many groups had to hike 2-3 more hours in order to get water, when they were physically DONE)
- Bug spray/bug shirt/bug hat (very buggy in the shade)
- Trip plan! (Especially wherever you park your car: appropriate lot or leave a note!)
- 10 Essentials & proper food, clothing, etc

*In some areas the flagging is inconsistent and you have to keep your eyes peeled for the next marker (mostly after the Lions and on James Peak), for the most part the trail is obvious.
*I have e-mailed BC Parks to address the flagging issues.

hiking
3 days ago

Great little trail! Took me about 1.5 hours return trip. Wear appropriate shoes as there’s plenty of rocks and roots to get snagged on. It was quiet when I went as it was raining lightly - none the less it was very peaceful. Orange markers guide you along the trail.

Tough but awesome hike. Bring lots of water.

Hard hike but the view is worth it, just watch your steps when walking on dry dirt, could be very slippery. still little patches of snow when we hiked 2 days ago.

Did the grind then this trail. Had difficulty finding the ridge trail after the summit but the summit was beautiful. Great view! On the trail, bugs we're only bad if you stopped. None at the summit.

Beautiful at the top with 360 degree views. Correctly categorized as hard. This hike is definitely longer than the description says, for what it’s worth, my Garmin watch says 14k from the parking lot.

the payoff was awesome. The first part of the hike is very sun exposed so be prepared with sunscreen and a hat if you aren't good with that. The hike itself has some fun vertical, although not particularly difficult. once you are at the top, you will have one of the best views of the Lions ever and nice views of snowless Cypress Mountain ski resort. Make.your lunch at the top and soak it all in...nice...

hiking
10 days ago

Extremely confusing. Nice views at the top but there are better views in the city with less struggle. Climb was steep at times but closer to moderate difficulty overall.

hiking
10 days ago

Loved it! All trails tell you to park in residential area but there’s a nice picnic area parking closer to the trail head. Starts out quite easy for the first 4K then gets more difficult but still moderate. It’s about 7k each way to the falls but we recorded 17 after the extra walk to the car. If you want to swim in the falls there’s some tricky rock spots so just be careful overall wonderful hike with gorgeous changing scenery. Note ***Once you reach the small suspension bridge follow the stream up to the falls.

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing views. Lots of bugs in certain places, so take some spray. Lots of berries along the way so we snacked all the way down. The first portion from the 2 bridges up Christmas gully at the base is very steep, lots of jagged rocks to climb, but once your up, enjoy the view, and the route down is pretty tame; compared to the start. Be prepared with proper footwear and lots of water. Coming down the trail is not well marked, so we relied on the gps to make sure we stick to the trail.

hiking
11 days ago

definitely a longer hike about 13 miles roundtrip, the 2nd part is quite rocky with somewhat difficult sections. the views of the tree covered mountains and clouds resting on them is quite magnificent, and it's pretty much a rainforest throughout the hike. the waterfall was cool. dog friendly trail. overall was a great day, great workout! it took about 4-5 hrs.

Great wee trail. Easily doable for a half-day trip from Van. Worth checking out Bowen island after the hike. Would rate it moderate

Very demanding at some points as it goes very vertical, but the panorama from the top was great and it has still some snow remains in July!

hiking
14 days ago

Very steep trail, including a scrambled for the last ~100m elevation, but well worth the view. Bring plenty of water.

hiking
15 days ago

Heads up: The picture posted by Wendy Lee of the woman sitting in the blue water by the large rocks is not at the lake, that is at Widgeon Falls (2.9 km walk up a trail from Widgeon Campsite).
Myself, my bf and two of our friends hiked up to the lake and spent a week there. I believe the km is inaccurate... we measured it to be only 10-12 km (lost gps signal here and there). The first 8 or 9 km are deceiving, it seems like a nice walk up trail and old logging road which would have been much easier of I wasn't carrying gear for a week on my back.
You will pass two waterfalls, I recommend refilling your camelbak at the second waterfall before you begin the hard part (again, we were carrying a lot of gear so we went through a lot of water).
Shortly after the second waterfall, the hard part begins. I'm an amateur hiker, so I really struggled through it for the first bit before I got the hang of climbing over tree roots with a 60lb pack on. You gain about 400 metres of elevation in the last 2 or 3 km so it's needless to say it's quite the steep incline. Lots of climbing, and there are 3 sections where there is rope to aid you in scaling across large rock.
Once you get to the top there is a gorgeous viewpoint, (technically there are two). Great place to rest before the trail heads downward to the lake. It's about 15 minutes to the lake from there.
Due to me being out of shape and an amateur hiker, it took us approximately 8.5 hours to hike up and 6.5/7 to hike down. Other's we ran into said it took them 7 hours, some said 5 hours.
The lake is stunning, crystal clear water, nice and clean too, we spent a fair amount of time swimming although it was pretty cold two of the days we were up there fog rolled in... I will upload some pics of that. It looked beautiful even in the fog/clouds.
The fishing is great in the smaller lake about 2 minutes from where we set up camp. I caught an 11 inch rainbow trout and fried him up for dinner one night.
10/10 will do again :)

Completed Jul 28-29 with a short distance of manageable snow on one sketchy slope after the Lions. Challenging and absolutely beautiful. Must do but please be prepared for a hard hike.

FYI This hike is inaccurately described - the entire HSCT is 29km and continues over Unnecessary, over the Lions, over the saddle of Mount Harvey, around Brunswick, and descends past several beautiful lakes spitting you out in Porteau Cove. The elevation change is 3400m or 14500ft. Only the beginning section to St Mark’s is busy. This gps map cuts out the most isolated and challenging part of the hike so please be prepared and do your research on other hiking sites. Best done as an overnighter, camping in Magnesia Meadows after Mt Harvey, which will be your first source of water. (Or if you could push through to Brunswick, that would be gorgeous too.) Most first-timers who are recreational hikers complete the first day in a gruelling 11-12 hours - repeatedly cresting mountains (hence the name of the hike?). The second day is more relaxed, mostly downhill and with lots of water sources. Even with deet, we were eaten alive. A bug net would help if you don’t the mental fortitude to do battle with thousands of black flies and mozzies.

Steep trail. Great workout and amazing views at the top. Tons of bugs especially horse flies half way through the hike. The hike itself wasn’t too exciting. Trail was easy to follow. Same views of the forest until you get to the very top.

I love this trail, very good work out and the most amazing and rewarding view when you get to the top. Huge thank you to whoever marked this trail! I like to hike it 2-3 times a week I enjoy it so much!

Great workout, enjoyed the steep portions and was able to run down most of the trail coming back. Didn’t go up to the summit, need good part of a day to do that, hope to go all the way soon.

18 days ago

Gorgeous swimming lake (late July). Even in late July we found a patch of snow around the corner. Views down to Vancouver centre.

trail running
19 days ago

July 25th. A buddy and I went and took us 3.5 hours up and 2.25 hours down. Amazing scenery once you hit the top peak. Bring lots of water. Bugs were a pest such as mosquitos, flies and horseflies ( I think ) it was all worth it!

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

Brunswick Mountain might be the most amazing peak in the Howe Sound. Its a consistant verticle haul with a good runable trail, perfect for training those mountain legs. Once you break past the tree line every step is immensly rewarded. From the top you can litterally see every monumental peak in the area from the Black Tusk to Mt Baker and everyone in between. Definitely a must do if you live anywhere close to the area. This will be another annual peak for me no doubt.

hiking
22 days ago

18km round trip to/from parking lot to peak
23.7% grade for 80% of the hike
Close to 1000 m of elevation.
6.5 hours (4 up 2.5 down)

The trail itself is a little boring. Not as pretty as IE Spirit Caves. It is mostly debris on the forest floor, ferns and huckleberry. Near the top it got much nicer with alpine blueberries, wild azalea, heather, orchids, rock moss and some sedums. Some bugs along the trail, loud horse flies and lots of butterflies at the top.

The view from the top was stunning though and well worth the climbing. Lots of room to spread out. Shared the peak with only 4 other people.

Coming down was just as hard as going up. Very rooty, lots of lose ground cover, and coming down the ropes backward at the cliff made me uneasy.

23 days ago

Hard but so worth it. Make sure you go all the way to the top for a sweet 360 view! took me ~5 hours from the car to the top and back to the car but it was my first hike of the year so I was pretty out of shape. Boots are a must, the loose gravel can be slippery. I brought 2L of water and drank all of it.

hiking
23 days ago

A lot of elevation and scrambling after the junction with the lower Norvan Falls Trail, with incredible panoramic views at the summit. My recording was 25 km and 1339 m elevation gain. Plan for 10 hours if you want to enjoy the views and visit the lake. Bring more water and food than you think you need and while I normally don’t use them I found hiking poles useful for steep areas.

Yesterday , it was a good hike . there was no snow and the scenery view so fantastic . You. an see the lions mountain. You can relax and step is not too hard . Quite easy to climb up and down . There was a quite challenging big rock but not hard .

hiking
26 days ago

Good hike today. Not too many people on the trail. I would avoid it on the weekend.

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