quote:Just tried to find a map with a name on it and can't either! We've always called the lake below spearhead/east col before you drop towards Decker Glacier Circle Lake when we ski there. Lee referred to the area as Circle Glacier as well.
As soon as Mitch gets off his new alpine hiking trail he'll be able to confirm!
The lake in Masiar's report is Circle Lake, which was created when Circle Glacier fully melted about 10 years ago. By that logic, where Decker Glacier terminus is now lake, it should be called Decker Lake. We've started calling the small meltwater pond at the end of the Blackcomb Overlord Trail Decker Pond to differentiate.
When Circle Lake first melted out, it was quite greenish and very opaque. Seems to be getting bluer every year, likely because the particulates are settling out.
Phalanx from Spearhead is not a straight-forward scramble, as there was a major mass-wasting event on the south side of Phalanx that makes for some very loose but large flakes just waiting to dislodge.
Also, Dragonback Ridge, from the top of 7th Heaven to Blackcomb Peak should not be a scree scramble. It is possible to go the entire way along the top of the ridge if one has reasonable scrambling abilities. Going for the talus not only takes longer but creates a great deal more possibility for rolling rock and stumbles...