This freshly scrubbed hiker is ready for the 78 km Silhouette Trail, which loops through the back-country of Killarney Provincial Park.
The park is famous for its topaz-blue lakes.
The La Cloche Mountains are a series of white quartzite ridges in the Killarney area of Ontario, on the north shore of Lake Huron.
Cave Lake, supposed to be my campsite for the night, but it's still early, so it becomes just a supper break. I'll stealth-hang somewhere later.
The first challenge is this never-ending tote road that climbs over a ridge to Three-Narrows Lake.
It just goes up and up as the evening gets darker and darker.
Near the top of the hill I find a spot off-trail to hang my hammock and secure my bear-bag.
Morning reveals a calm Threenarrows Lake. Today's destination is that ridgeline in the distance.
Low water permits this crossing of Kirk Creek, saving at least a kilometre.
Kirk Creek reflections
Porridge and coffee on Threenarrows Lake.
The trail follows the shore of the lake, sometimes at height.
The lake level is artificially maintained, but it's September, and water levels are naturally low.
Lots of healthy garter snakes in this park.
Getting closer to the ridges
Finally the trail starts to climb away from the shores of the lake onto the quartzite ridge.
Climbing away from the lake.
One of the steepest descents on the trail, before climbing again. See the blue diamond blaze down there?
This beaver meadow leads to the last set of ridges.
This waterfall is actually part of the trail. You have to hop across and beside it.
The top of the ridge has a couple of small lakes boosted by beaver dams.
Leaves are starting to change.
Finally arrive at my campsite for the night on this pond on the top of the ridge.
There was a big storm in the middle of the night. Glad I wasn't in a tent--note the puddle under the hammock.
From the ridgetop, the trail descends past another campsite into another cleft with a dry river bed at the bottom.
Up the other side of the cleft.
Looking back at the stream bed. It is a jungle here.
Can't believe that a crew came through here with a chain saw. This is a pretty remote spot.
The trail climbs through a misty hemlock forest.
Finally reach the top of the ridge and am rewarded with views of Threenarrows Lake.
Quartzite and mist
Group of Seven country
Cresting the rise
Typical ridgetop trail
Need to get to a lake on the other side of that saddle
That's about 3 metres high
View from my campsite on Lake Shigaug