Stevens Pass is one of the main East-West routes across the Cascade Mountains in Washington State. Lake Wenatchee is a popular destination near there and the route usually taken is to travel about 20 miles east of the summit of the pass on Highway 2, and then turning towards Lake Wenatchee State Park at Coles Corner.
Another route though during the warmer months is called Smithbrook and is a gravel ed forest service road. It’s a shorter route, but because of the road being more winding and a slower speed, it takes about the same amount of time.
Very near where you crest the mountain range separating Stevens Pass from the area that drains into Lake Wenatchee is this scenic little pond. This photo is taken right from the road. The pond is strewn with lily pads and is calm and serene, half surrounded by tall evergreens.
Going to have to take that off the beaten path shortcut again some day.