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.
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.