Marcus Landslide Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews
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Marcus Landslide Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Scottsdale, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles 561 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

views

wild flowers

Marcus Landslide Trail is an interpretive trail with signs along the way describing the geological forces that led to a landslide about 500,000 years ago. This trail is fairly easy for the most part except for the final loop section which climbs up. There are many boulders and interesting rock formations along the way. The interpretive signs give information about the landslide, how it was believed to be caused, and the resulting landscape. The trail also gives nice views of the surrounding area, including Four Peaks, Mount McDowell, Weaver's Needle. The trail is well-maintained.

13 days ago

Fun little hike! Mostly flat, only a couple miles long round trip, beautiful views, did this hike on January 8, weather was excellent and I plan on doing this hike again!!

19 days ago

Just hiked this trail today. Not bad. Actually, the area is quite stunning. The trails are well marked so I always knew where to go. There are signs everywhere that tell you all about the landslide and stuff. I couldn't tell where this landslide was but that's not why I was there. I was there to enjoy the spectacular views, which I did. Be advised, it is December as I'm writing this.

hiking
21 days ago

nice views

2 months ago

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2 months ago

nice scenery. worth the hike

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4 months ago

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5 months ago

mountain biking
5 months ago

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6 months ago

Nice, very interesting rock formations with some descriptions provided.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a really fun and flat hike with informative signs about the geology of the region. The loop at the end was the best part. The trail is very exposed and there isn't any shade, so wear a hat and bring lots of water. I would do this again, but probably wait for cooler months (I went in late May).

8 months ago

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9 months ago

I felt like a tiny explorer in a land of Giants amongst the boulders. Beautiful views, lovely flowers. And easy hike -- the loop at the very end is a must.

10 months ago

Beautiful views on manicured trails with a geology lesson.

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10 months ago

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11 months ago

Great family trail, lots of rock play opp. Kid friendly and well groomed.

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mountain biking
11 months ago

Huge parking area, well organized spot. Awesome trail even though the granite can be a little tricky. Did not complete the entire trail but it does get pretty tricky. Definitely a moderate-intermediate trail. There are some decent climbs. A little tough for a beginner but not impossible. Also didn't notice any major drops or anything too dangerous. As long as you're careful even a beginner could try this out. Will go again when I get some more experience!