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 best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
Was pleasantly surprised by this trail. Geology enthusiasts and science buffs will love this one. Trail itself is not difficult at all, but the sights on it make up for it. They have many interpretive views, including one that has a cave. Well marked and well cared for. Lots of interesting signs. Nice, less crowded alternative to Toms Thumb (which shares a trailhead with this). Will definitely come back.
3 miles there and back not including an optional 0.7 mile loop at the end that goes further up into the landslide area. There are lots of great views of the rocks and a few large formations along the trail. Pretty easy until the end loop which has some moderate inclines. Shade is scarce. A nice easy alternative to the Tom's Thumb trail which is right next door.
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!!
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.
nice scenery. worth the hike
Nice, very interesting rock formations with some descriptions provided.
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).
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.