What’s great about it is that there are tons of ways to do it. You can do your Silver Peak day hike on a day trip if that’s all the time you’ve got or the inclination for. Or you can incorporate a Silver Peak day hike into a paddle trip or hiking trip. We’ve done the Silver Peak day hike both while Trekking Killarney’s La Cloche Silhouette Loop Trail and Canoe Camping in Killarney.
Here are some Silver Peak day hike route suggestions for all sorts of paddle trips — some of which we’ll eventually tackle! (For ways to include a Silver Peak day hike into your La Cloche Silhouette trek, check out Hiking the La Cloche Silhouette Trail: A Selection of Itineraries.)
Silver Peak Day Hike Routes for Day Trips
Probably the most well-known way to reach Silver Peak for a day hike is via Bell Lake. The route is straightforward. Drive to the Bell Lake access point to put it, paddle to the side trail, hike, return.
Johnnie Lake to Clearsilver Lake
This is for early risers who want to spend a little more time on the water. From the Bell Lake access point, put in at Johnnie Lake, start paddling, then portage to Clearsilver Lake, at the end of which there’s access to the Silver Peak side trail. It’s a bit of a longer day, but not by much.
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Silver Peak Day Hike Routes for Weekend Trips
Silver Peak Day Hike Routes for Paddle-In Camping
Bell Lake – David Lake – Boundary Lake
Any of these lakes can provide easy access to a Silver Peak day hike. By accessing via Bell Lake, paddlers can spend all weekend at one of the many sites on the lake. Or, portage over to David Lake to choose one of the many sites there. One final portage to Boundary Lake assures more privacy as there’s only one canoe campsite on the lake (there’s one hiking campsite as well, but it’s so far on the other side of the lake, it’s still totally private). We chose to stay at Boundary Lake while Canoe Camping in Killarney.
Either way, from David Lake or Boundary Lake, the portage between the two intersects with the La Cloche Silhouette Trail. Follow it east for your Silver Peak day hike — you’ll see a sign at the junction. From David Lake, you can also take the portage towards Clearsilver Lake and take the side trail from there.
Johnnie Lake to Clearsilver Lake
Carlyle Lake to Ruth-Roy Lake via Johnnie Lake
Silver Peak Day Hike Routes for Paddling Trips
For those who like to stay active, these weekend paddle trips won’t let you quit. You’ve got to hustle because they’re designed to include a Silver Peak day hike. If you think this is where you’ll get to slow down, think again! But don’t let my smack talk scare you off — these paddling and hiking combo trips are still no longer than a few days.
Johnnie Lake – Clearsilver Lake – David Lake – Bell Lake – Johnnie Lake
Bell Lake – Three Mile Lake – Balsam Lake – David Lake – Bell Lake
You can save the best for last with this route and leave the Silver Peak day hike for the very end of the trip. If you time it right, you can access the Silver Peak side trail immediately after portaging over to Bell Lake. Otherwise, plan to do your Silver Peak day hike from David Lake, either via the Boundary Lake portage intersection with the La Cloche Silhouette Trail, or the side trail which is accessible only via portage between Bell Lake and David Lake (the one connecting David Lake and Clearsilver Lake).
Carlyle Lake – Johnnie Lake – Log Boom Lake – Bell Lake – Johnnie Lake – Carlyle Lake
Before going on your own Silver Peak day hike and Killarney paddle-in adventure, remember to contact Killarney Park to find out about permits and such. And if you don’t have your own park map, you can check out Jeff’s Killarney Map online. Of course, if you’re headed into the backcountry, it’s worth getting a waterproof copy from the Friends of Killarney Park.
There are many ways to integrate a Silver Peak day hike into a Killarney Park visit, whether you’re looking to do a little camping, paddling, or hiking — or a lot of each! How would you do it? Leave your Silver Peak day hike route suggestions in the comments section below!