These two trails are amazing but hidden gems in the area. The Crack trail and Crack in the Rock are located 32.3 km away from the Marathon Visitor Information Center and a few meters west of the Little Pic River.
This trail leads off the highway on the west side of the Little Pic River. It is well marked but does travel through rough ,rugged terrain. There is a stream to cross but there is a log you can grab on to as you are stepping across the rocks. Most of the trail is going uphill. Once you are finally at the lookout where The Crack in the Rock is, there is a trail that leads you down a bigger opening in the rock face to the railway tracks. This part of the trail has many challenging broken boulders to navigate around.
You do not have to access The Crack in the Rock via ‘The Crack’ trail but it is a safe and direct route to do so. Both of these trails are remote, rough and rugged.
These trails are in no way maintained by the Town of Marathon, please take care.
‘The Crack’ Trail
How to find it:
Travelling west from Marathon you can find the trail head immediately after you cross the bridge over the Little Pic River. (48.800398, -86.633666)
Pull off the highway and into the parking area here.
Then find the trailhead located to the south of the parking area:
This trail is very rugged, some sections of the trail utilize short ropes to assist steep climbs.
This trail is not maintained by the Town of Marathon, please take care.
The trail passes by a beaver damn, waterfall and plenty of scenic lookouts on the way to ‘The Crack in the Rock‘.
When you reach The Crack in the Rock via The Crack trail you should continue down the trail to the railway tracks and then ascend back up through The Crack in the Rock.
‘The Crack In The Rock’
The Crack in the Rock is located on the west side of the Little Pic river. It is a result of fractures in the main rock. If you choose to access the site via canoe from Neys Provincial Park, you can also find other similar cracks along the nearby shoreline to paddle into.
This is a steep trail that involves climbing under and over large rocks / loose rock.
This trail is not maintained by the Town of Marathon.
The Crack in the Rock is a 110 metre long crack right through a mountain that you can hike through.
Inside the “Crack in the Rock”
Track side Entrance to ‘The Crack in the Rock’
There is ample room to squeeze under the large boulder to enter the through the mountain trail.
If a train does come by there is a small but noisy alcove above the boulder to avoid the train while you prepare to enter.
View from the lookout at the top of the trail.
The Crack in the Rock can also be accessed from Neys Provincial Park by crossing the little Pic River.
There are a few areas where you can enter the river, the easiest being the boat launch at Neys Provincial Park.
Do NOT cross the railway trestle bridge as it is extremely dangerous and illegal.
Once you cross the river the Crack in the Rock is located 240 metres from the Pic River on the North side.