Trip 218 - June 22, 2021 (Tuesday)
Rolley Lake Provincial Park Visit
Near Mission BC
Liked: An easy trail around the lake through a pleasant forest. Shade in the forest. Few bugs. Several good lake views. A fairly large beach.
Of Note: The park is very popular. No lifeguards on duty in BC Provincial Parks.
Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (5th edition) Coordinates: Page 3 (Abbotsford) C2.
Related Website: Rolley Lake Provincial Park - BC Parks Official Website.
Rolley Lake Provincial Park is located near the town of Mission BC, and features a large campground, a decent-size lake with a (somewhat) sandy beach, and a 3 km-long trail around the lake through a fine forest. There is free parking for over 100 vehicles, but it was quite busy even on a weekday, as families with children enjoyed a roped-off swimming area, and a beach made of sand mixed with small stones.
1. The entrance to Rolley Lake Provincial Park is at the end of Bell Street in Mission. Bell Street, in turn, starts off Dewdney Trunk Road, 2 kilometers West of Burma Street / Florence Lake FSR, covered in the previous trip report. Here we are Eastbound on Dewdney Trunk Road with Maple Ridge behind us, and Mission ahead, getting ready to make a left turn onto Bell Street.
2. Now on Bell Street.
3. 2.3 kilometers after it starts, Bell Street ends at the entrance to Rolley Lake Provincial Park.
4. A map of Rolley Lake Provincial Park. The campground is quite nice. Rolley Falls Trail, covered in the next trip report, starts between camping spots 27 and 28. There are also several short connector trails linking the campground with Rolley Lake Trail.
5. In addition to the campground, there is also a day use area with three parking lots separated by rows of trees. Here is one such parking lot.
6. First, we checked out the recreation area near the lake. It was not very busy at first, but was quite packed when we returned a few hours later, after hiking Rolley Lake and Rolley Falls trails. Weekends during the busy season it's going to be packed here.
7. Here is the beach with a roped-off swimming area. Motor boats are prohibited on Rolley Lake, so there is no engine noise bothering the chilling crowd.
8. The beach is made of sand mixed with small stones.
9. An adjacent picnic area.
10. A large green spot by the beach.
11. Rolley Lake Trail starts and ends at both ends of the parking lots, at the points closest to the beach. Coordinates: N 49⁰14.513' W 122⁰23.373'. Elevation: 208 meters. Cycling is not permitted. We hiked clockwise today.
12. In 165 meters (distance is based on a GPS odometer and is approximate), there is a split, with Kanaka Creek Trail on the left.
13. Rolley Lake Trail at 230 meters. The boardwalk is 240 meters long.
14. The long boardwalk.
15. Rolley Lake seen from the boardwalk.
16. Rolley Lake Trail at 470 meters, where the long boardwalk ends.
17. Now at just over 1 km. It's a wide path, with little elevation change, with some rocks and roots, lots of shade, and very few bugs. Quite a pleasant hike.
18. A fine forest view on the left side at 1.45 km.
19. Rolley Lake Trail at 1.75 km.
20. At 1.92 km, there is a bridge.
21. Right after the bridge, there is a split. To the right is a continuation of Rolley Lake Trail (900 meters to the end). To the left is a connector trail to the campground (220 meters).
22. First, we went to the campground, as that's where Rolley Falls trailhead is located. Thus, it is possible to make it a double loop hike - start Rolley Lake Trail, get to this split, take the connector trail to Rolley Falls trailhead, hike that loop, return to this split, and complete Rolley Lake Trail.
23. 220 meters after making a left turn after the bridge, we have reached the Rolley Lake campground.
24. Make a left turn, and Rolley Falls trailhead is 30 meters away. The blue arrow shows where we came from (end of the connector trail), and the red arrow points at the Rolley Falls trailhead. This location is between camping spots #27 and #28.
25. Having hiked Rolley Falls Trail, we returned to the bridge, and are now hiking the rest of Rolley Lake Trail. The bridge from photo #21 is now seen on the right side.
26. At 110 meters past the bridge, there is a decent lake view.
27. Rolley Lake is popular with fishers, paddle boarders, and kayakers.
28. Now at 230 meters past the bridge.
29. Rolley Lake Trail ends 920 meters after the bridge. Our starting point is straight ahead, just past the parking lots on the left side.
Rolley Lake Provincial Parks offers many recreational opportunities, including a pleasant trail around the lake. Recommended.
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