Norrish Creek in Mission (a.k.a. “Suicide Creek”) is an absolute gem and is the starting point to Ravens Bluff trail.
Easily accessible are superb swimming holes, beautiful landscapes, and a combination of sandy and rocky beaches.
Going beyond the main entrance of Norrish creek will lead you to caves, cliffs suitable for cliff jumping, and moderate hikes that lead to incredible views of the Fraser Valley below.
Ravens Bluff is one of those hikes.
When you get to Hawkins Pickle Road in Mission, you’ll drive down until you reach a bridge. You can park anywhere along here, but be mindful of the “No Parking” signs and the residential driveways.
Cross over the bridge heading East.
Right after the bridge, hang a left and cross over the tracks. Definitely look both ways as the trains can come out of nowhere!
There’s a very obvious trail that you’re going to be following. If you feel like checking out Norrish Creek before heading to Ravens Bluff you’ll take a left at the first fork, but if you’re wanting to head to Ravens Bluff first you’ll take a right.
Follow the trail until there’s another fork, and you’ll take another right. This is where the trail markers start.
The trail is pretty easy going for a bit and then starts to get steeper as you go along.
There’s a total 360 m elevation gain over 2 km (4 km round trip). The trail has some parts that are steeper than others, but it’s a pretty steady climb.
There’s a nice ledge about halfway up you can have a break on (or take a photo op with your ecstatic dog:)). On the Ravens Bluff trail, there are a few lovely little viewpoints you get to enjoy.
As you get closer to the top it becomes a bit steeper, but as soon as it starts to plateau you know you’re near the bluff (woot woot!).
Near the top you’ll see a sign leading to Little Nicomen Mtn Trail. Taking this trail leads you on a 10 minute or so detour to a cabin that I hear is worth checking out! If you want to get to the viewpoint just keep following the sign for Ravens Bluff.
A short distance further and you’ll be at the Ravens Bluff viewpoint.
Not too bad, eh?
Overall, the Ravens Bluff trail took us about an hour to get to the top. It’s a well-groomed, well-marked trail that can be followed with a refreshing dip at Norrish Creek!