register help

Greenhouse Trail #248, AZ

Guide 14 Triplogs  1 Active Topic
  4.3 of 5 
1 Active
35 14 1
clicktap icons for details
Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Distance One Way 3.4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,840 feet
Elevation Gain 2,301 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,394 feet
Avg Time One Way 2+ hours
Kokopelli Seeds 11.38
Backpack Yes
feature photo
Photos Viewed All Mine Following
Inaugural Calculation on Button Tap!
10  2021-06-02
Snowshed - Paint Rock Loop
28  2021-05-22
Herb Martyr #247
21  2021-04-08
Lower Greenhouse Trail
24  2020-11-12
Crest Trail #270
3  2019-12-01 ShatteredArm
16  2018-01-27 Pivo
1  2010-06-05
Crest Trail #270 - Wilderness to Monte Vista
5  2008-04-05
Basin Trail #600
Page 1,  2
Author HAZ_Hikebot
author avatar Guides 16,862
Routes 16,286
Photos 24
Trips 1 map ( 6 miles )
Age 24 Male Gender
Location TrailDEX, HAZ
Historical Weather
Trailhead Forecast
Expand Map
Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Sep → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  5:11am - 7:25pm
Official Route
2 Alternative

Many Forest visitors, upon driving the road to Herb Martyr Campground and seeing Winn Falls tumbling 400 feet off the north shoulder of Sanders Peak, start looking for a way to get a closer look. The best way to get a close look, relatively speaking, is via the Greenhouse Trail. This route from canyon bottom to high country starts at the end of a 4-wheel drive road (FR 713) off the Herb Martyr Road (FR 42A) and switchbacks its way into the Chiricahua high country. Along the way, it passes an overlook that presents a fine view of the falls. Remember that it's liable to be dry in early summer, and in winter, it becomes a 400-foot icicle, but even if it's only a bare cliff, it's still worth a look.

Beyond the Winn Falls viewpoint, the Greenhouse Trail continues climbing to a high divide between Cima and Greenhouse canyons that presents more good views. From this scenic vantage point, the trail follows a more gradual course into a mossy basin where big trees and wildflowers flourish on the moisture provided by a perennial stretch of Cima Creek. In this idyllic setting, you'll find a couple of old Forest Service cabins where Forest officers once spent spring and summer. It is a restful spot to view history before completing the last stretch of the 1,600-foot climb to the Crest Trail #270 at Cima Park.

An alternate way to access the Greenhouse Trail is via the Basin Trail #600 off Forest Road 42. This friendly pathway follows a moderate gradient through oak/pine woodland, past Welch Seep, to a junction with the Greenhouse Trail at the end of FR 713. The Basin Trail is an excellent place to see white-tailed deer and other wildlife. This trail is also accessible via the Ash Spring Trail #247A out of Herb Martyr Campground.

Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.

Leave No Trace and +Add a Triplog after your hike to support this local community.

2008-06-12 HAZ_Hikebot
  • Greenhouse Trail #248 & Basin Trail #600 Map
    guide related
    Greenhouse Trail #248 & Basin Trail #600 Map

One-Way Notice
This hike is listed as One-Way.

When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

Permit $$

Coronado Forest
MVUMs are rarely necessary to review unless mentioned in the description or directions
Coronado Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs)

Map Drive
Strictly 4x4

To Herb Martyr Campground Trailhead
From Tucson, take I-10 east 139 miles to US 80 (you will cross the New Mexico border to get to this intersection). Turn right (south) and drive 28 miles, then turn right (west) on the road to Portal, 7 miles. Drive west on FR 42 approximately 4 miles, turn left (west) on FR 42A and continue 2 miles to the Herb Martyr campground and trailhead. All roads are paved and suitable for passenger vehicles.

From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 293 mi - about 4 hours 40 mins
From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 183 mi - about 3 hours 5 mins
From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 436 mi - about 6 hours 46 mins
90+° 8am - 6pm kills
help comment issue

end of page marker