Celestine Lake in Jasper National Park used to be the shortest trail to a backcountry campground in the park. Due to structural deficiencies of the Snake Indian River bridge, this is no longer the case. Other changes include the removal of the kitchen shelter and the boat dock from the campground.
From the parking lot go past the locked gate and down the old road to the Snake Indian River bridge at 500m. After the bridge the old road begins a long climb, passes the Moosehorn Trail at 2km and reaches the old parking lot for Celestine Lake and the North Boundary Trail at 5km. Turn right at the old parking lot and pass Princess Lake at 6.5km. The beavers at Princess Lake are very industrious and the last time I visited the old road was under 10cm of water. At 7km turn left off the old road (that continues to Devona Lookout ) and enter the campground.
The Celestine Lake c/g has 8 tent pads, food lockers, fire pits and a privy. Registration required for overnight trips, fees apply, call the Jasper Trail Office at 1-780-852-6177. While the lake was once home to rainbow trout they must have died out. The only fish I caught in the lake was some kind of perch hybrid, a National Park fishing permit is required. Map choices include the Government topo 83 E/1 Snaring River @ 1:50,000 or Gemtrek's 'Jasper and Maligne Lake' @ 1:100,000, both are available from the The Friends of Jasper.
Submitted by 'mtncat'.
Drive east of Jasper on Hwy16 for 8km and turn left on the Snaring Road. Follow the Snaring Road for 6km to the end of pavement. Follow the non-gated fire road called the Celestine Lake Road another 8km to the stop sign where the it turns into an alternating one way road. When the time is right follow the road another 14km to the parking lot at roads end.
Please Note: The Celestine lake road is a narrow, winding and very rough track. Leave the sports car at home. At one point, as the road wraps around the base of Mt Greenock, you are driving along the edge of a cliff with no guard rail. The person in the passenger seat will no doubt be very nervous, use caution.
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Posted By: WildDan92
- Wed Sep 24 04:26:01 UTC 2014
UpsideThis is a great first hike or just a 1 night hike camp site was nice and had tables, tent pads, bathroom ( a outhouse without the walls) and bag hangers nice view of the lake and trees. and is not full of people i did this in September and me and my buddy where the only one on it most people would say the road to the parking lot is a downside but its just as much of a rush as the hike it-self so better have a truck or Suv DownsideTrail is not maintained so fallen trees are common on trail so if biking might not wanna rip thought at full speed CommentI loved this trail have done it more then once and would so it again if i don't have time to do a longer trail