Marcus Landslide Trail

MODERATE 76 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
518 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.

hiking
27 days 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.

1 month 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.

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.

hiking
3 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.

hiking
5 months ago

Very well marked, lots of wildlife, and easy for all skill levels. The geology is really cool, too!

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful scenery. Incredibly well marked. 1 hour 45 minutes to complete the trail. Great leg workout.

7 months ago

Short hike. Beautiful every step

hiking
9 months ago

simple hike with beautiful views

10 months ago

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.

11 months 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!!

11 months 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
11 months ago

nice views

hiking
Monday, November 14, 2016

nice scenery. worth the hike

hiking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nice, very interesting rock formations with some descriptions provided.

hiking
Saturday, May 28, 2016

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).

hiking
Friday, April 01, 2016

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.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Beautiful views on manicured trails with a geology lesson.

hiking
Monday, February 15, 2016

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

mountain biking
Sunday, February 07, 2016

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!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Really nice hike, pretty views. Loved the interpretive signs. Scottsdale does nice work on trails. Thanks Sdale.

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