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Celestine Lake Trail

Intermediate
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Forest trail with mountain and river views to two lakes, with a wonderful campground at the second lake.


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4.3

Miles

7.0

KM

Point to Point

4,239' 1,292 m

High

3,484' 1,062 m

Low

771' 235 m

Up

16' 5 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

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Features Commonly Backpacked · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Great introductory backpack to a well-maintained trail camp on a lovely lake in the mountains. The water isn't too cold for swimming.

The last (approximately) 8 miles of Celestine Road to the trailhead parking area is a narrow one way dirt road with a schedule for in and out traffic. Driving to the trailhead (In direction) is allowed for one hour starting at 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm. Driving back from the trailhead (Out direction) is allowed for one hour starting at 9:30am, 12:30pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm. A high clearance vehicle is recommended. No trailers or RVs. This road is closed in the winter.

Need to Know

Camping along this trail is limited to the established trail camps. Permits and reservations are needed for the trail camps. They can be gotten online at the Parks Canada permit/reservation website: https://reservation.pc.gc.ca/

Please review the Parks Canada website and follow Leave No Trace principles.

Description

From the parking area, go past the trailhead sign and enter the forest on a wide, fire road style trail to hike Celestine Lake Trail. This trail climbs very gradually and continually for its entire length.

Almost immediately the Snake Indian River can be heard as Celestine Lake Trail makes a U-turn to the right. After only .3 miles, the trail emerges from the forest to cross the wild and beautiful Snake Indian River, set into cliffs here, on a very sturdy bridge. The trail then continues on an open hillside with the river below to the right. At the .6 mile mark the trail switchbacks to the left as it continues to climb on the open hillside with the river below. As the trail climbs this open area, great views of the De Smet Range with Roche De Smet closest, emerge to the southwest. Further away in the distance to the south-southeast, the Jaques Range can be seen.

By about the 1.7 mile mark, Celestine Lake Trail is back in the beautiful mixed fir forest and stays in the forest until it ends at Celestine Lake. On the way, at the 3.1 mile mark, the North Boundary Trail splits off to the left as Celestine Lake Trail veers right. Leaving the North Boundary Trail behind, Celestine Lake Trail passes a wet area on the left and then comes to beautiful Princess Lake with its mountain backdrop, at the 4.0 mile mark. Just after Princess Lake, at the 4.2 mile mark is a trail junction with a sign pointing left for Celestine Lake. Going right at this trail junction is unmarked but is the start of Devona Lookout Trail. So, go left here to get to the Celestine Lake trail camp where Celestine Lake Trail ends on the shores of Celestine Lake.

Flora & Fauna

Forested, primarily firs, some aspen and other deciduous trees. Woodland wildflowers. The lakes have loons. Bears live here.

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Joan Pendleton

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Photos

The Snake Indian River near the beginning of the Celestine Lake Trail.
Aug 27, 2019 near Jasper…, AB
Celestine Lake, the view at the trail camp.
Aug 27, 2019 near Jasper…, AB
Princess Lake with mountains of the De Smet Range, to the west, in the background.
Aug 27, 2019 near Jasper…, AB
Roche De Smet of the De Smet Range, looking west-southwest from the Celestine Lake Trail.
Aug 27, 2019 near Jasper…, AB
Mountains of the Jaques Range across the Athabasca River Valley, in the distance to the south-southeast, come into view as the Celestine Lake Trail climbs.
Aug 27, 2019 near Jasper…, AB
Heading out on the Celestine Lake Trail, a trail primarily through beautiful mixed fir forest, on a sunny August morning.
Aug 27, 2019 near Jasper…, AB

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