Marcus Landslide Trail

MODERATE 72 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 best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
561 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

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23 hours ago

Completed as part of a bigger loop using Rock Knob, Pemberton, and Boulder trails, back to Marcus Landslide then back around Feldspar, Mesquite Canyon, to Trailhead. Overall was my 2nd favorite hike in the preserve behind Gateway-Windgate to Bell Pass loop. Spectacular scenery and a totally different high desert vs what you get out of Gateway. For Marcus Landslide itself very cool and reasonably easy trail. Enjoyed reading about the history of the slide and interpretive trails along the way. If your visiting and want something scenic but on the easy side Marcus Landslide would be the one.

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16 days ago

Nice easy trail with some very interesting facts and good photo opportunities. I've done it twice with my hiking club and would/will do it again. Also highly recommend lunch at Tom's Thumb Fresh Market, about 15 minutes away. AKA the Thumb, seen on Triple D.

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24 days ago

Nice granite trail with a lot more plant life than I’m used to seeing on a desert hike which was fantastic! Easy going all they way and then the loop with ups and downs but still very easy going. The surprise came on the way back where it felt that we were doing a lot more up than I had anticipated. Not hard climbing by any means.. just hilly so a nice leg workout but don’t let that scare you it isn’t hard. Rock formations are so cool and a must see. I would say this is on the very low end of moderate rating. If you have hiking shoes wear them as the gravel can be slippery.

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2 months ago

Beautiful rock formations throughout the hike. The trail is well marked and has lots of information signage on the formations and how they got there.

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3 months ago