There are two similar lakes in North Cascades, Lake Chelan and Ross Lake. Both are long, narrow, glacier fed lakes that lie at the base of a mountain range. The primary difference is that Chelan is a naturally occurring lake that has been dammed whereas Ross is a reservoir built primarily for power production to feed the city of Seattle and surrounding environs. Both are beautiful and bounded by majestic mountains.
We passed by this view of Ross Lake several times as we shuttled back and forth across Washington Pass. Going over the pass is an awe-inspiring trip and compels you to try it over and over again. The payoff on the western side of the pass through fifteen miles or so of mountains is this sight. Here, you are looking northward toward the Canadian border. I don’t know about this image, but on a clear day you almost certainly can see mountains on the other side of the Canadian border. As you can see from this image, even in mid-June, spring was still arriving. Only a few days before we arrived it was still snowing. You can see the high mountains still have a fresh cap of snow.
The who area is called the Switzerland of America. From this image it isn’t difficult to see why. Enjoy.