Snake Indian Falls Backpacking Trail

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2-3 days
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52.4 km
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1,078 m
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Hiking to Snake Indian Falls is an excellent backcountry trip that travels along the North Boundary Trail. It is a place of rugged wilderness and wildlife activity, frequented by horse groups. Enjoy stunning scenery en route to Snake Indian Falls on this multi-day trip.

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Route Description for Snake Indian Falls Backpacking Trail

Begin your hike to Snake Indian Falls from the trailhead parking lot. This is the beginning of the North Boundary Trail, as well as the route to Celestine Lake. Follow the old fire road and cross a bridge over the Snake Indian River. Stay on the main trail and pass a junction that leads to Celestine Lake. Some may choose to take a detour and camp at this lovely campsite.

Gain some rolling elevation after the junction and descend to the Shalebanks Campground. Continue on up another climb and descend to Seldom Inn Campground, which is closest to the falls. Set up camp at Seldom Inn and continue on for roughly 100m to the falls. A great itinerary for a two-day trip is to hike or bike all the way into Seldom Inn Campground and enjoy some time at the falls before spending the night and turning back. If you are looking to shorten the daily distance, a great idea is to take the short detour to Celestine Lake and camp for the first night before proceeding to Seldom Inn for the second night.

Getting to the Snake Indian Falls Backpacking Trail Trailhead

To get to the Snake Indian Falls trailhead, you will need to take Highway 16 towards Hinton from the town of Jasper. From the highway, turn left onto Snaring Road and continue for 14km, where the Celestine Lake road begins. The Celestine Road is a one-way dirt road that requires users to travel during specific times. Users travelling into the trailhead may use the road from 8-9am, 11-12pm, 2-3pm, and 5-6pm. Users heading back out to the Snaring road may travel along the road from 9:30-10:30am, 12:30-1:30pm, 3:30-4:30pm, and 6:30-7:30pm. The times are posted on the sign at the entrance of the road. The trailhead lies at the end of the 14.0 km dirt road.

Route Information

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  • Backcountry Campsites

    Celestine Lakes, Seldom Inn, Shalebanks

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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