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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 in early summer it's liable to be dry 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 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 a good 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.
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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
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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
Author HAZ_Hikebot
Descriptions 12,201
Routes 9,572
Photos 19
Trips 1 map ( 0 miles )
Age 20
Location Hike, AZ .com
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1  2010-06-05
Crest Trail #270 - Wilderness to Monte Vista
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5  2008-04-05
Basin Trail #600
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10  2006-09-27 desertlavender
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Forest Coronado
Wilderness Chiricahua
Backpack   Yes
Preferred   May, Jun, Sep, Oct → Early
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:07am - 6:10pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Snowshed & Greenhouse Loop
1.2 mi away
15.0 mi
4,300 ft
Herb Martyr #247
1.2 mi away
2.7 mi
2,234 ft
Ash Spring Trail #247A
1.2 mi away
2.0 mi
400 ft
Bear Wallow Trail #333
1.8 mi away
0.8 mi
148 ft
Booger Spring Trail #374
1.8 mi away
0.3 mi
82 ft
Basin Trail #600
1.9 mi away
4.5 mi
1,004 ft
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Fauna
Plateau Spiny Lizard
Yarrow's Spiny Lizard
Flora
Western Wallflower - Orange

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 in early summer it's liable to be dry 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 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 a good 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.

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  • Greenhouse Trail #248 & Basin Trail #600 Map

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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.

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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
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