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Sparrowhawk Tarns (9/14/2019)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Spray Valley Provincial Park
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 14 2019  10:00 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:00 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 13 2019 12:00:00 PM
Event Duration:Approx. 5 hours + driving time
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Simone
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Member Cost:$3.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Maximum No. Guests:0
Minimum Group Size:4
Maximum No. Guests Per Member:0
Number Registered So Far: 9 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Distance: 13.0 km return
Elevation Gain: 680m
Pace: Moderate and steady.
Priority: May be given to drivers. Note that the Smith Dorrien Trail is gravel.
Group: We will stay together as a group at all times.
Duration: Event duration may vary. Please do not sign up if you need to be back for another commitment.
Note: Your coordinator has never done this trip before.

From parking at the Sparrowhawk Day Use Area, the trail-head is on the other side of the Smith- Dorrien Trail.

Initially there is a short, moderate gain in elevation before the trail levels on the 5.1 KM (3¼ mile) route one- way with an elevation gain of 675 m (2,215 ft) to a maximum elevation of 2,410 m (7,907 ft).  This is the same trail used to access Read's Ridge and Read's Tower.

At the cairn, about 0.9 KM (0.56 miles) from beginning, it is important to continue straight past the left turn to the trail for Read's Ridge.  Initially the trail climbs above the valley hosting Sparrowhawk Creek before the hike continues adjacent to the cold, crystal-clear water of the creek. The trail to Sparrowhawk Tarns is initially through forest with multiple trail junctions along the way.  Many of these intersections access the base of Read's Ridge  before continuing along and past the base of Read's Ridge, gradually gaining elevation until breaks in the forest begin to provide dramatic views of Red Ridge on the right, Read's Tower on the left with 3121 m (10,239 ft) Mount Sparrowhawk peeking over the top. Massive 3,144 m (10,315 ft) Mount Bogart is beginning to consume the horizon ahead.  Powerful imagery!

At the bottom of the bowl beneath Mount Bogart the number and size of the ponds vary by season.  In the spring there are more and bigger tarns with lots of melt water caught in the basin. The scenery on the return hike is amazing.  There is a sweep to the right after tracking the bottom of Red Ridge for considerable distance.  A few meters past a large, very interesting boulder, the trail arrive at the cairn where the hike originally entered the area of massive rockfall. The remainder of the return hike tracks the base of Read's Ridge on familiar trail back to parking at the Spray Lakes Day Use Area. 

Ref: Hiking with Barry.
This event may be cancelled if the forecast is not favourable.

Required Items to Bring:
- Cheerful disposition
- Cash to pay your driver and $3 fee (no e-mail transfers)
- Hiking boots (no runners)
- Bear Spray
- Water (at least one litre)
- Lunch, snacks
- Clothes for changeable weather including rain jacket
- Warm layers
- Plastic bag for your muddy boots for drive home
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
- Hiking poles
- Gaiters
- Camera

How to Get There:
Event Directions:Take Hwy 1 west out of town. Go south on Hwy 40 for approx 56km. Turn right onto the Kananaskis Lakes Trail, and then just a short way down the road, turn right again onto the Smith-Dorrien / Spray Road (gravel road). Park at the Burstall Pass Trailhead.
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):238Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:00 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
** Calgary Transit Info
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $61.88 (calculated at total Km * $0.26, effective Wednesday, September 18, 2019). This is based on $0.15/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Note that drivers with large vehicles have the option to adjust this cost based on their vehicles. Your carpool driver will confirm exactly how much money they require to cover costs. Please split the actual amount among all people in the vehicle and bring some change as drivers are not expected to carry change.


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- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$3.00/Person
Cost Includes:Event fee for regular COC members: $3
Make a Payment:$3.00 Event Fee (if applicable) to be paid to your event coordinator. Activity fee, if applicable, (i.e. court fee, bowling fee, camping fee, etc.) to be paid as instructed by your event coordinator.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!