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After battling your way up 37 switchbacks and passing the small and fishless Virgin Lake you will drop 500 feet to stunning Blanca Lake. The beautiful turquoise water is colored by silt from the Columbia Glacier. The lake is 250 feet deep and has few shallows. That means that there is little food for the naturally reproducing population of Rainbow Trout that inhabit the lake. The fish are slow growing and not large, but the scenery more than makes up for that.
Getting here Follow Hwy 2 past Skykomish to the Beckler Road 65. Drive 15 miles to Forest Service Road 63. turn right and follow it 1.8 miles to the entrance for the Blanca Lake Trailhead.