Jacques Lake Backpacking Trail

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2 days
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24.0 km
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207 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Backpacking to Jacques Lake is a great way to find solitude without a lengthy mission. It is a short and easy hike to the campsite. The trail gains very little elevation before reaching Jacques Lake Campground, which rests next to the lake itself. Watch for Moose as they are known to frequent the area around dusk.

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Route Description for Jacques Lake Backpacking Trail

The Jacques Lake backpacking route begins by following a decommissioned fire road for 4.8 km. After the first 1.6 km, hikers will pass a small lake called Beaver Lake, followed by Summit Lakes at 4.8 km. If you are looking for a multi-sport adventure, you are able to ride your bike to Summit Lakes before locking it and hiking on.

The trail narrows after Summit Lakes and leads hikers through a dense forest to Jacques Lake. The campground features eight tent pads and a fire pit situated right by the lake with views of the Queen Elizabeth Mountain Range.

Getting to the Jacques Lake Backpacking Trail Trailhead

To get to Jacques Lake trailhead, merge onto Highway 16 eastbound from Jasper and turn right onto Maligne Lake Road. Follow the road for 28.0 km past Medicine Lake. When you reach the end of the lake, you will turn left into the parking area and trailhead.

Route Information

  • When to do


  • Backcountry Campsites

    Jacques Lake

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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