The Crack Trail Shortcut Parking Lot is located in Manitoulin District of Ontario province. .
Killarney, ON P0M, Canada
Its just by the road, pretty decnt parking lot.But there is NO helping personnel available there. There are very few directions available, come prepared before hand.
Easy access to a great short hike.
Parking is $15, but you're actually buying a day permit for the whole park, so it gives you access to other trails, and the campsite, for the day. The parking itself has no services whatsoever, so go to the office further West if you need anything.
The trail itself is about 3h both ways, at a good pace, assuming 30 minutes worth of breaks in total. It could be done in 2.5h at a fast pace, with a 20 minute break at the top. Plan 4h if you want to take it slow.
Time wise, the first 65% or so is on a relatively flat (and at the beginning, wide) path. Then you start encountering more roots, rocks, and eventually large boulders, and some light "climbing" or "bouldering" (NOT actual rock climbing with equipment). Suitable for older children, and adults in relatively good shape. Still challenging for adults in shape. I found the second half quite fun.
The view at the top is pretty impressive; fairly high up, at least for Ontario. You'll see the bay, a few lakes, and the surrounding forest; almost a 360 degree view.
Very nice short trail. Great view from the top of Crack. But right kind of footwear is important. There are some parts of the trail which are a bit hard.
Thr best views in the park except for Silver Peak. The hike can be tough as there are some steep boulders to climb near the end. As well the trail isn't marked well towards the end.
If you can make it to the top of the crack though, you will be well rewarded with incredible wrap around views.