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Trip 219 - June 22, 2021 (Tuesday)

Rolley Falls Trail Hike

Near Mission BC

Distance from Vancouver to the Trailhead: Approximately 58 kilometers via Hwy 1 - Hwy 7B - Hwy 7 - 272 St - Dewdney Trunk Road - Florence Lake FSR. Another trailhead is at Rolley Lake Provincial Park - check out our previous trip report for directions.

Liked: Three waterfalls within several hundred meters of each other. Shade in the forest. Few bugs. The ability to hike in a loop.

Of Note: Only the Upper (and least impressive) Falls is easily accessible - the other two require traversing small debris fields, which is suitable for experienced, well-equipped hikers only. Slippery stones and logs by the lower two falls.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (5th edition) Coordinates: Page 3 (Abbotsford) C2.


Rolley Creek rolls downhill near Rolley Lake Provincial Park not far from the town of Mission, and creates three waterfalls, the lower two being the most impressive. The upper one, however, is the most accessible, and could be reached in less than 10 minutes from Rolley Lake Provincial Park campground. The trailhead is between camping spots #27 and #28. Aside from the campground trailhead, Rolley Falls Trail also starts at the 2.6 km mark of Florence Lake Forest Service Road.

The way it works is as follows: if you start at the campground, there is a T-junction in 200 meters. Going left would result in reaching Upper Falls, then Middle Falls, then Lower Falls, and then the trail ends at Florence Lake FSR, where there is another entrance 80 meters later - by taking that entrance you would come back to the T-junction from the other end, thus hiking in a loop. If starting from Florence Lake FSR, the right side trail would go past Lower Falls, then Middle Falls, then Upper Falls, then reach the T-junction, where a right turn would lead to the campground, and going straight would complete the loop and bring you back to Florence Lake FSR at the other trailhead (80 meters to the left of the first one). And, if you would start from the left side trailhead on Florence Lake FSR, you would first reach that T-junction, where turning left would lead to the campground, and going straight is the way to Upper-Middle-Lower falls, and then the right side trail ends at Florence Lake FSR. Either way, it's about 850 meters from the campground to the forest service road.

The breakdown of the distances is as follows: Campground to the T-junction: 200 meters, then 200 meters to Upper Falls, then 200 meters to Middle Falls, then 140 meters to Lower Falls, then 100 meters to Florence Lake FSR. All distances are based on a GPS odometer and are approximate.

1. We are now at the Rolley Lake Campground, between camping spots #27 and #28, where Rolley Lake Trail connector (blue arrow) ends, and Rolley Falls trailhead (red arrow) is seen 30 meters ahead. It is possible to hike two loops (lake trail and falls trail) in one go - check out our Rolley Lake Provincial Park Visit report for directions on getting to the park and on hiking the two loops. This is the same photo as photo #24 of that trip report.

Rolley Lake Provincial Park Campground Between Camping Spots #27 and #28

2. Rolley Falls trailhead at Rolley Lake Provincial Park campground. Coordinates: N 4914.869' W 12222.662'. Elevation: 222 meters. You don't need to hike Rolley Lake Trail to get here - just park at the day use area and come to the campground. That said, Rolley Lake Trail going counter-clockwise more or less parallels the way to the campground from the day use parking lot, and may actually be a bit faster.

Rolley Falls Trailhead at Rolley Lake Provincial Park Campground

3. In 30 meters, a sign urges to keep left to reach the falls.

Mission BC Hiking - Rolley Falls Trail

4. Rolley Falls Trail at 140 meters.

Rolley Falls Trail in Mission BC Area

5. At 200 meters comes that prominent T-junction. Coordinates: N 4914.916' W 12222.547'. Elevation: 209 meters. There is no sign here. Make a left turn to visit Upper Falls, then Middle and Lower Falls. Make a right turn to get to Florence Lake FSR, then loop back and Visit Lower-Middle-Upper Falls before coming back to this T-junction.

Rolley Falls Hike in Mission British Columbia Canada Area

6. At first, we will make a left turn and go to the Upper Falls, because that's where just about everyone goes, and for a good reason - it's an easy hike to a pleasant waterfall within 10 minutes of the campground. There is a bridge from which the waterfall can be observed. However, just before the bridge a short trail leads to a side view of Upper Rolley Falls.

Upper Rolley Falls British Columbia Canada

7. Here is that bridge, 400 meters from the trailhead.

Rolley Falls Trail Bridge

8. Upper Rolley Falls view from the bridge. Coordinates: N 4915.015' W 12222.577'. Elevation: 208 meters.

Upper Rolley Falls

9. A zoomed view.

Upper Rolley Falls near Mission BC

Here is our video of Upper Rolley Falls.

10. Now we have returned to the T-junction and are proceeding straight (same as making a right turn if coming from the campground). Here we are at 480 meters.

Rolley Falls Hike - Mission Hiking British Columbia

11. At 660 meters, keep left at the split seen below.

Rolley Falls Trail - Hiking in British Columbia

12. Approximately 850 meters from the campground, we have reached Florence Lake Forest Service Road near its 2.6 km mark.

Rolley Falls Trail at Florence Lake Forest Service Road

13. Looking back at where we came from. There is actually a trail sign there, albeit hardly seen from the FSR due to vegetation.

Rolley Falls Trailhead at Florence Lake FSR near Mission British Columbia Canada

14. We are at the 2.6 km mark of Florence Lake Forest Service Road, and can see both the trail we came from (red arrow) and the trail we need to hike in order to complete the loop (blue arrow). Coordinates: N 4914.986' W 12222.314'. Elevation: 105 meters. This is the same photo as photo #19 of Florence Lake FSR Visit report.

Florence Lake Forest Service Road

15-16. Here is what the blue arrow is pointing at in the photo above.

Rolley Falls Trailhead at Florence Lake FSR near Mission BC

17. In less than 100 meters, Lower Rolley Falls can be heard on the left side. However, it's a 70 meter-long obstacle course from the trail to the waterfall, and attempting to cross all this debris is suitable for experienced, well-equipped hikers only. Coordinates for leaving the trail: N 4915.017' W 12222.374'. Elevation: 137 meters.

18. The final obstacles before the waterfall.

19. Should you succeed, the Lower Falls is very impressive, with several streams and a mess of logs and boulders creating a wonderful ambience. Coordinates: N 4915.014' W 12222.407'. Elevation: 131 meters.

Lower Rolley Falls near Florence Lake FSR

20. A bit closer.

Lower Rolley Falls

21. The left side of Lower Rolley Falls.

Lower Rolley Falls near Mission BC Canada

22. The right side.

Waterfall near Mission BC - Lower Rolley Falls

Here is our video of Lower Rolley Falls.

23. We are back on the trail, heading up towards the Middle Rolley Falls (a path to the left).

Rolley Falls Hike near Mission British Columbia

24. Middle Rolley Falls is the trickiest of them all. There are two observation platforms there, both with badly overgrown views where you can hardly see anything. It is possible to see the Middle Falls from some distance by hiking below the lower platform, but it's very dangerous - it's very steep there with little foot support and a real possibility of a 30-meter freefall onto a bunch of boulders below, so we won't cover that, and it would be a good place to avoid. The upper platform has a much less dangerous access to Middle Falls, and here it is. Coordinates: N 4915.038' W 12222.449'. Elevation: 189 meters.

Middle Rolley Falls Observation Platform

25. The path to the waterfall is to the left of the platform. As is the case with Lower Falls, only well-equipped experienced hikers should proceed beyond the platform, as it's a rather complicated hiking environment down there.

Path to Middle Rolley Falls

26. A messy approach.

Approaching Middle Rolley Falls

27. And here we are. Middle Rolley Falls.

Middle Rolley Falls

28. It's a picture-perfect waterfall.

Middle Rolley Falls British Columbia Canada

Here is our video of Middle Rolley Falls.

29. Some kind people put a lot of traction mats here, making it much easier to approach the waterfall from the left side, where there is also a tiny cave.

Traction mats by Middle Rolley Falls

30. Middle Rolley Falls from the side.

Waterfall near Mission BC - Middle Rolley Falls

Here our video of Middle Rolley Falls Side View.

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31. Looking back.

32. Heading to Upper Falls now.

Rolley Falls Trail Hike

33. Reached the other end of the bridge from which we saw Upper Falls. Cross the bridge, reach the T-junction, turn right, and you are back at the campground.

Rolley Falls Trail

Upper Rolley Falls is pleasant enough to be a recommended destination. But it's the Middle and Lower Falls which make this hike so good - highly recommended for well-equipped experienced hikers.

BACK: Rolley Lake Prov Park    NEXT: Lindsay Lake Loop Trail

Other Trips in Mission BC Area:

Chehalis FSR Visit


Harrison West FSR

Lost Creek FSR


Mission BC Visit


Florence Lake FSR

Rolley Lake PP




ihikebc.com Trip 219 - Rolley Falls Trail Hike (near Mission BC)