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Greenhouse Trail #248Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 01 2019
ShatteredArm
Hiking5.38 Miles 1,558 AEG
Hiking5.38 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.31 mph
1,558 ft AEG
 
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We were looking for a shorter hike before heading back to Phoenix, and I figured something with a payoff would also be nice... So decided on heading up Greenhouse Trail to the Winn Falls overlook. With all the rain and snow, it seemed like a particularly good time to see it.

You can see the waterfall from as far away as the FR42 junction. It's impressively tall. Is there a taller one in AZ??

We hit the FR713 junction, and there was just a sign pointing out the trail. Didn't look like vehicles travel on it often, but we didn't see a "no motorized vehicles" sign, so we opened the gate and drove on through. Made it as far as the creek crossing, and decided that even with the Jeep, I don't want to try it. Parked nearby and started from there. (even if we risked it, we'd have only made it another 1/4 mile or so before a log stopped us anyways.)

The stroll up Greenhouse Canyon was pretty, and the cascading creek from all the runoff made it feel like we were way up in the mountains. One we hit the creek crossing, the set of tracks we were following ended, and the snow got much deeper and more consistent. On the first switchback, we saw some well-defined bear tracks in the two-day-old snow. Luckily they were going the opposite direction we were.

Several switchbacks later, we were atop the ridge. We found a slightly better viewpoint by heading 100 feet or so down the ridge, and even then we couldn't see the bottom of the falls.

The hike down was unmemorable but enjoyable.
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Winn Falls
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