Here are some pix from our hike to Sparrowhawk on Tuesday, a day that turned a little showery in the afternoon, but a nice hike nonetheless. It's very early up there with many alpines not yet in bloom or just starting, however there was surprisingly little snow, probably due to it having been melted in the torrential rains in late-June.
First hint of the alpine views ahead, as the trail swings close to the lower flank of Sparrowhawk Mountain, at about half way along:
And the real start of the hike... the best part anyway! ;-) ... is when the forest edge boulder moraine is reached and the climb begins:
Some very tall Saussurea nuda - 6" to 8" - compared to their very prostrate habit up higher:
Beautiful tiny-leaved Salix nivalis (with another willow in the first photo); this species forms a groundcover over large areas in the alpine zone here:
Scenery up through treeline with a nice drift of fireweed, and big mounds of Saxifraga bronchialis in bloom among the rocks: