Hiking Distance 13.6 km return to hike to Celestine Lake and back
Hiking Time A pleasant day, or two day hike.
Getting to Celestine Lake Hike..From Jasper, follow Highway 16 towards Hinton and turn left onto Snaring Road. Celestine Road starts after 14 km. From here, Celestine Road a one-way road. The road can be quite rough.. we would suggest using a vehicle with high clearance as well as possibly being a 4x4. It would not be safe for trailers or RVs.
During periods of high water, Celestine Road's ford may not be passable. Please check with Parks Canada before setting off. Celestine lake trailhead is at the end of the road after 14 km. The Celestine Road is open typically from mid-May to mid-October. Bikes are allowed on Celestine road any time of the year.
The Celestine Lake Hike..Starting at the end of the Celestine Road, the trail descends to a bridge across the Snake Indian River. Take a moment to take in the beauty of the river canyon here. After the bridge, Celestine lake's old fire road climbs steadily through encroaching wolf willows to a bench high above the river.
Enjoy great views back to the bridge and up the river valley. Old-growth Douglas firs line this section of the hiking trail. Soon you enter a gorgeous aspen stand, which turns into a sea of golden leaves in the fall.
After 5 km you reach an old parking lot, the end of the vehicle road in years past. Turn right into the open area and onto the old road to Celestine Lake. The hiking trail ahead of you leads to Snake Indian Falls and the North Boundary Trail.
This pleasant trail passes Princess Lake on your left, and then turns south to the junction of the trail to Devona Lookout. Turn left here for Celestine Lake and enjoy the pleasant forest-fringed lake.. a great destination for a picnic or an overnight stay.
The Hike - Need to Know
Other than the climb from the bridge to the bench above the river, the Celestine lake hike is an easy hike or bike. It is a great introductory to Jasper National Park backcountry trips for families. The Celestine lake trail is wide, so bike trailers are fine. Celestine lake can have lots of bugs in summer, so bring repellent.
Celestine Lake Campground
Celestine Campground (Elevation: 273 m), is a beautiful campsite next to Celestine lake. There are 8 camp sites and a fire pit.
Celestine Lake Backcountry Camping Permits
A backcountry camping permit is mandatory for all overnight trips and can be obtained online at reservations.pc.gc.ca or by calling 1877-737-3783.