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Call of the falls | Natural and man-made cascades deliver shock and awe. But can I get there by car?

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A green oasis in shrub-steppe terrain provides an idyllic viewpoint of Summer Falls, east of Soap Lake.

Not a cloud in the sky, yet I’m already soaked to the skin. It’s from standing too close to the wind-blown spray from a waterfall that every year lures me, along with thousands of curious visitors and salmon galore, to its unrelenting roar.

The falls at Tumwater Canyon Dam, which once energized electric locomotives across Stevens Pass, still has the power to mesmerize. I count it as one of the best easy-access waterfalls in North Central Washington and gladly endure a wet shower to feel it thunder up my legs straight to my heart.

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A view of Tumwater Dam circa 1910.

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Silver Falls in the Entiat Valley provides close-up splendor along with paved paths, sturdy bridges and stone viewpoints.

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Overflow from Banks Lake tumbles more than 90 feet at Summer Falls.

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A trip to Falls Creek Falls, roughly 25 minutes north of Winthrop, is one more good reason to visit the Methow Valley.

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Spring runoff on the Columbia River surges through spillway gates of Chief Joseph Dam near Bridgeport.



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