Starting from Martin Creek, you can follow a wide, level, ADA-accessible trail for about three miles on the lower grade through the peaceful forest. Should you choose to cross up to the west end of the upper grade, you’ll hike a much narrower trail. On that route, expect some encroaching foliage, including stinging nettles. The trail is easy to follow, though, and includes some terrific sights, including the Spillway Spur. As you continue through the forest, you’ll pass ruined snow sheds, several waterfalls and plenty of wildflowers and salmonberries. Be aware that black bears are sometimes in the area. The rocks at Windy Point Viewpoint make a very good perch for a lunch stop, whether you plan to continue on to Wellington or turn back and follow the switchbacks to return to Scenic.
If you’d like to stay overnight in the area, peaceful Money Creek Campgroundis just to the west at milepost 46, and reservable through recreation.gov. If you’re traveling back west and could use a bit of caffeine for the drive, watch for Espresso Chalet between Baring and Gold Bar (well-known as one of the shooting locations for the 1987 Bigfoot film “Harry and the Hendersons”). Hungry? Downtown Monroe has something for just about everyone, including Thai, Mexican and a great diner experience at Jeno's.