We took the ferry back down Lake Chelan leaving Chelan. After a thirty minute plane ride up the lake, the ferry ride seemed interminably long. Even though we were on the “express” ferry, it still took over three hours to go back down lake. After that it took two hours to drive down the valley and back up into the valley approaching the pass over the North Cascades. By the time we crossed the pass late that afternoon we had traveled for six hours and were only about ten miles from the part of the Pacific Crest trail that we had been on the day before!
We made several treks over the pass via the North Cascades Highway. This waterfall was on the western side of the pass in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Curiously, even though the region is referred to as North Cascades National Park, none of the North Cascades Highway actually runs through the park. The only time we were actually in the park was during our time in Stehekin. Nevertheless, the mountains and scenery were equally magnificent in the entire region.