I finally broke down and bought my ultrawide lens (Pentax 12-24mm F4) and that meant I *HAD* to break it in! I didn't feel like driving a ton so I decided to head up the Mountain Loop Highway outside the town of Granite Falls and revisit Marten Creek. I hiked this last winter but reasons I can't explain, I never took any photos. In hindsight, I remembered that there were some nice stretches along the creek so back I went. While not a long hike, it does have a steep beginning and along the way, you pass through an ongoing research plot that the Forest Service monitors: The study evaluates the correlation of Douglas Fir growth based on seed sources taken from across the Pacific Northwest. There is a second sign nearby which summarizes what they learned back in 1960. The steepness continues for a bit further and then relents as you enter the upper valley. At that point, exploration of the creek is possible... 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. All in all, a nice afternoon of photo taking despite the steady rain/sleet.