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Sparrowhawk Tarns

Elevation Gain (m): 750
Round Trip Time (hr): 6
Total Trip Distance (km): 12
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 1 – You fall you bruise your ego
Difficulty Notes: No difficulties for experienced hikers. For beginners there is some easy scrambling up the headwall beneath the tarns and some routefinding.
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Technical Rating: OT2; YDS (Hiking)
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On a beautiful Saturday in August, my wife Hanneke and I wanted to hike something without huge amounts of other people. After throwing around ideas the day before while driving home from a scramble up The Monarch, Phil had mentioned Sparrowhawk Tarns. This was a great idea and Hann and I were delighted with the trail, the views and the total lack of other people. Even on one of the nicest days of the summer we only saw around 10 other people the whole day on this trail.

Sparrowhawk Tarns Route Map
Our lunch spot sitting over one of the tarns. To be honest, the tarns are pretty low this late in the summer. I would recommend either catching them full in July or waiting until September and at least getting the full effect of fall colors.

Highly recommended, especially if you love alpine meadows, tarns and Marmots.

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