Explore the Sparrowhawk Tarns

Join Paul F on a hike to Sparrowhawk Tarns. We'll start a 30 min drive from Canmore, on the Spray Trail across from Spray Reservoir. We'll climb through the forest for 300m or so before hitting the subalpine. After that, we'll wander around the expansive basin checking out the tarns, pikas, fossils, and great views.

I can't find any post-flood trail reports, so you should be comfortable with some minor bushwhacking if we lose the trail or if turns out to be washed out. Total elevation gain is approximately 680m (2230 ft) with a round trip distance of 10km (6.2mi). Assume we will be gone all day.

Come prepared for all types of weather. Bring a good rain coat, multiple warm layers, a hat, gloves, food, water and a headlamp or flashlight - just in case. I've never been here, so I really don't know what to expect - this is NOT a guided hike. Bring your good attitude and sense of adventure and join me in exploring!

Here's someone else's trip report, which should give you a taste of what we hope to find:


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  • Raeann

    Fantastic! Needed better boots though.

    July 28

  • Anastazja

    It feels like I was on the Moon,but it was just a hike ..Amazing hike!

    July 27

  • A former member
    A former member


    July 27

  • Douglas McAvoy

    Better than the greatest I could have imagined it.

    July 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really sorry for the late notice, but I'm going to have to withdraw for tomorrow, have fun!

    July 26

  • Douglas McAvoy

    Did you say lots of fossils? Can't wait.

    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Dianne

    never did this hike...so happy to join the group

    July 17, 2013

  • Kristy

    Crap I'm working :( but I look foward to the next adventure I can join!!!!

    July 16, 2013

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