Happy birthday to me! Turning 31 is easy when you are surrounded by nature in the awe-inspiring Killarney Provincial Park. I wanted to be in the mountains for my birthday, and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
We packed up camp in record time and headed out on our way towards The Crack access trail. This is about 9km east on 637, from George Lake campground. You can also access it from the La Cloche Silhouette trail, off of Cranberry Bog trail but we didn’t have time for that.
It starts off down an old logging road. The sun is just begun to light up the treetops. It’s a beautiful morning.
We pass Kakakise Lake, and we’re now on the La Cloche Silhouette Trail. There is a portage route that crosses here, and heads towards Freeland Lake, then on to George Lake. I would love to paddle through this park.
Now that we’re on the main trail, it’s time to go up, up, up! Up in to the mountains we head.
There are a few cairns as we make our way over the foothills. We counted these are grave markers, because we’re oddly macabre like that.
At what point are they no longer foothills? Some pretty fantastic views from this ‘summit’ but we still have a ways to go!
A bit of a scramble over some more quartzite hills, with some more stellar views.
And then suddenly – the Crack!
Some fun bouldering as we make our way through the Crack.
It seems to be closing in on us!
The view looking out (back) from the Crack.
A happy selfie from within the Crack.
Those views are to die for. Looking north from the Crack, over Killarney Lake.
A panorama shot from the top of the Crack.
A fantastic birthday present to myself! Maybe I’ll get some real mountains in next year..
327m elevation gain
Where do you dream of waking up for your birthday? Share with me in the comments below!