Posted by Derek on Aug 17, 2013
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.
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)