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Lower Greenhouse Trail, AZ
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Lower Greenhouse Trail, AZ 
Lower Greenhouse Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2021
markthurman53
Hiking4.73 Miles 1,499 AEG
Hiking4.73 Miles   3 Hrs   31 Mns   1.58 mph
1,499 ft AEG      31 Mns Break
 
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On our second day we hiked the Greenhouse Trail. I wanted to go up to the Crest Trail but figured better only go up to the Winn Falls overlook. Took the forest service road to Greenhouse Canyon and parked the jeep there. We headed up the creek. The going was slow because of all the rock hopping and log climbing. After about 20 minutes of this I started to wonder if the trail was up along the north side of the creek. I told Ginny to wait while I look up a little higher up along the side of the creek. Got up about 50 feet and what do you know a forest service road that leads to the Greenhouse Trail head. I told Ginny I knew this was here but just wanted to do it the hard way. We continued up the road to the Trail Head. On our return trip we took the road all the way back.

The greenhouse trail is in good condition and easy to follow. Very steep but consistent so if you get your pace it isn't too bad. Climbs about 1000 feet in about 1.1 miles. Winn Falls can be seen from a saddle that the trail crosses and is marked by a sign. We headed back from here after a short break. The trail continues a climb for the next.3 miles before leveling out a bit for the final climb to the Crest Trail. I will have to finish the upper portion the next time I'm on the Crest Trail. The view of the falls is excellent here and I hear it is about the only place you will get a good view of the falls. There was a very light flow over the falls maybe a quart or two per minute. The ground on the upper portion of this hike was still damp from recent snows. Returned the way we came except followed the road the whole way. I got a GPS route for the road that leads from the Herb Martyr Road all the way to the Greenhouse Trail Head incase I do this again after a case of Alzheimer's.

Greenhouse Canyon had a moderate flow on the upper portion and graded into pools and then no flow on the lower end. Snow could still be seen on the northside of the higher peaks but their days are numbered. Temps in the upper 60s up at the falls and 70's on the lower end at Herb Martyr. We Visited the Herb Martyr Falls and John Hand Falls after the hike. Water was flowing pretty good in cave Creek at both points.

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