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There are beautiful mountain lakes. Then there is Lake Chelan, an ultra-scenic, 50-mile-long lake pinched by snowy caps of the remote Cascades. An ice-blue pearl, Lake Chelan reaches depths more than 1,400 feet and ranks as the third deepest lake in the United States. This adventure begins with a 4-hour ferry ride across the lake. You’ll share the deck with long-lens photographers snapping shots of dramatic peaks, waterfalls, and mountain goats. Read more details provided by BACKPACKER map contributor Alan Bauer at backpacker.com/hikes/58653.
Kris Wagner, map editor