The Crack

Posted by Derek on Aug 17, 2013

The Crack

The Crack

Height: 1165 feet / 355m
Lat/Lon: N46 03.681 W81 20.908
Date Summited: August 5, 2013

The Crack is a stunning steep sided crevasse slicing through a quartzite rock cliff, located Killarney Provincial Park. The destination is popular with hikers for the iconic Killarney views of pristine lakes framed by the white quartzite La Cloche mountains. A recently opened access trail on Highway 637 allows day hikers a short, but rugged hike to top of the ridge.

Make your way to the intersection of Highway 69 and Highway 637 (41 km south of Sudbury). Turn west on Highway 637 and travel for 50 km into Killarney Provincial Park to the parking area for The Crack Access Trail. You must pay at the automated pay station if you are a day use visitor and are not camping (permits must be displayed on the car dash).

The hike begins on an old logging road that has been converted into a trail. The trail here is wide, level and easily navigated for 1.5 km until joining up with La Cloche Silhouette Trail. Follow the La Cloche Silhouette Trail north (right). At 1.9 km the trail crosses Kakakise Creek and it then follows the western shore of Kakakise lake for about 600 meters after which the trail turns northwest, away from the lake and becomes much more rugged.

Beyond Kakakise Lake, the trail becomes steeper and more rugged as the forest gives way to the exposed quartzite outcrops and cliffs which dominate the area. Nearer to The Crack, the trail becomes very rugged. Much care must be taken to climb over and around the large quartzite blocks that line the base and passageway of the rock formation.

Once reaching the top of The Crack, 3.8 km from the parking lot, hikers are presented with excellent views towards Killarney Lake and the Southern La Cloche range.

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Trip Summary:
0.0 km – Departed The Crack Access Trail parking lot on HW 637 (7:15 AM)
1.5 km – Joined La Cloche Silhouette Trail (7:32 AM)
1.9 km – Crossed Kakakise Creek (7:37 AM)
3.7 km – Arrived at base of The Crack (8:21 AM)
3.8 km – Top of The Crack (east side) (8:30 AM)
3.9 km – Top of the west side of The Crack (8:50 AM)
7.6 km – Returned back to The Crack Access Trail parking lot (9:55 AM)


The Crack GPS Track (.gpx format)

Related Links:
Killarney Provincial Park
Trip Report of The Crack on everytrail.com
Unlostify (Jeff’s) Killarney Map



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November 16th, 2014 | 10:46 pm

How difficult is this trail? I understand that it is steep, however I was wondering if someone who enjoyed nature walks with a moderate difficultly would be able to enjoy this? The way it sounds is like you a scaling up a rock, and I am definitely not that advanced.

Thanks for your input.

July 6th, 2015 | 10:05 pm

P, There is no rock scaling, however the final push to the top of the Crack is the most difficult section of the trail. This is where you will have to “climb over and around the large quartzite blocks”, sometimes using handholds, etc. There are good views even before you get to the Crack if you decided not to go up it.

July 9th, 2015 | 10:49 am

P, my 9 year old daughter struggled in a few places on the final ascent with being able to reach from one boulder to the next (but, she’s always been quite conservative). It’s a gorgeous hike and well worth the effort, but in comparison to other trails, for example any and all of the Algonquin day trails), it is substantially more steep for extended periods of time.

August 8th, 2015 | 7:02 pm

I did this trail late August 2016. The views were amazing. It was a warm, sunny day though, and I found that even my 2L camel back was not enough water. As a result the descent was more difficult. I agree that compared to Algonquin trails, this would be rated “very difficult”, not just “difficult”. That said, it was so exhilarating that even with 2 knee replacements, I could and would do it again. Thanks to whoever added the orange tape trail markers – the official ones can be hard to spot at times. Avoid this trail when it is wet and muddy – it could prove treacherous for amateurs. Be prepared.

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December 28th, 2016 | 8:00 pm
No Signs:

Pros: The view at the end.

Cons: Lack of signage…
-approaching the parking lot.
-Indicating where the parking lot is.
-Along the path there are signs (pink/orange ribbon, and red and blue arrows), but these path indicators need to appear more frequently along the path as it is easy lose track.
-Indicating the top of the crack and end of “The Crack” trail.

Please add more signage.

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