Killarney Provincial Park – Part 2

Hiking “The Crack”

In addition to its shorter hikes, Killarney is also known for “The Crack” trail which is a 3.5-kilometer linear hike up a white quarzite rock cliff. The “crack” refers to a big steep-sided crevasse in the rock through which the trail passes, after which the hiker is rewarded with great views of the surrounding lakes and the southern La Cloche mountain range. Part of the trail is a section of the challenging Silhouette Trail, a 100-km winding loop through Killarney Park that starts and ends at the George Lake campsite.

The Crack trail route.

The Crack trail route.

From the trailhead, the first 2 kilometers or so are fairly easy going, with the trail winding through thick forest and passing by scenic Kakakise creek and lake. It then becomes much more rugged and begins to climb steeply, with exposed outcrops and massive boulders and sparse vegetation. By the time you reach The Crack, you’ll be using all fours to navigate the rocks, before reaching the peak where you can enjoy the view and a well-deserved packed lunch.

Killarney - The Crack Trail

The trail crosses Kakakise creek.

Killarney - The Crack Trail

Kakakise creek and lake.

Killarney - The Crack Trail

The trail is fairly level for the first two kilometers.

Killarney - The Crack Trail

A swamp just before the ascent. We’ll be climbing the rocks in the distance.

Killarney - The Crack Trail

Starting up the white quartzite typical of La Cloche.

Killarney - The Crack Trail

Fellow hikers taking a break about half way up.

Killarney - The Crack Trail

Approaching “The Crack”. Full concentration is required to navigate the boulders.

Killarney - The Crack Trail

Arrived at “The Crack”, a deep crevasse in the rock.

Killarney - The Crack Trail

Looking up the steep walls of the crevasse.

Killarney - The Crack Trail

At the top enjoying the great view.

Killarney - The Crack Trail

Looking across The Crack.

Killarney - The Crack Trail

View of Killarney Lake and La Cloche mountains.

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