Greenhouse Trail

Portal, Arizona

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A day hike or backpack from the Cave Creek basin to the Chiricahua Crest trail. This trail provides a brief but vigorous climb to the crest of the Chiricahua Range from the Cave Creek Basin. Along the way, it visits Winn Falls, a towering cataract that spills year-round over the brink of a cliff. There are also scenic views of Portal Peak from the lower slopes of the grade, which burned in 1994. The upper basin remained untouched during the blaze, and still offers a taste of the virgin forest that once prevailed in the higher parts of the range.

Greenhouse Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike or backpack from the Cave Creek basin to the Chiricahua Crest trail. This trail provides a brief but vigorous climb to the crest of the Chiricahua Range from the Cave Creek Basin. Along the way, it visits Winn Falls, a towering cataract that spills year-round over the brink of a cliff.

There are also scenic views of Portal Peak from the lower slopes of the grade, which burned in 1994. The upper basin remained untouched during the blaze, and still offers a taste of the virgin forest that once prevailed in the higher parts of the range."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Portal
Distance: 11.2
Elevation Gain: 3,420 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Backpack or day hike
Season: Best March to November
Trailhead Elevation: 5,950 feet
Top Elevation: 9,250 feet
Local Contacts: Chiricahua Wilderness, Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Chiricahua Peak, Portal, Rustler Park; Trails Illustrated Chiricahua Mountains
Driving Directions: Directions to Greenhouse Trail

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May 2018