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Marcus Landslide Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily 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.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 518 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

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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.

A nice new parking lot is available at the trailhead, along with restrooms.

From Loop 101, take the Pima Road/Princess Drive exit. Go north on Pima Road to Happy Valley Road. Turn right on Happy Valley and proceed through the Troon development. Turn right on Ranch Gate Road (Tom's Thumb Trailhead sign) and follow it until it intersects 128th Street. Turn right on 128th Street and follow this for about 2 miles south to the Tom's Thumb Trailhead.

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Kimberly Hart
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HikingNo shade

Interesting mushrooms rocks with signs along the way to explain the different sections of the landslide. Amazing views!!

Laurie Sandman
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Hiking

Nice loop. Recorded 5.4 miles. Kept map open the whole time. No rocks whole way. Undulating trail

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Rick Holbeck
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Hiking

Great 4 mile trail. Mostly downhill until the landslide Loop, then a little climbing. Uphill most of the way back. Nothing steep and well marked trails. Scenery is amazing!

Laurie Sandman
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HikingNo shade

Love this hike Added a bit of Penberton trail today but was getting very hot

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Paula Bennett
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Hiking

A nice hike. Beautiful scenery. I would consider this more easy- moderate. A 4 mile walk in the mid 90s with humidity made this moderate.

Laurie Sandman
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Hiking

Lovely easy no rocks trail Beautiful panoramic views. Landslide loop part is only slightly challenging part Love the interpretive signage . Can’t believe this landslide was discovered only 18 years ago!

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Linda Jean Fenner
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Hiking

5-28-20. Beautiful Sunrise Hike! Enjoyed all the history and landmarks along the way! No fees, washrooms and water on site....Enjoy!

MaryEllen Candra
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HikingNo shade

Very well maintained. Very easy hike. Dog friendly. Great place to take out of town visitors who are not seasoned hikers.

Dawn Harmon
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Ken Kochiss
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My goto for a fast, easy workout/hike. Love the views!

Ally Nye
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Hiking

Pretty plain hike. Kids got a little bored on it.

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Christi Miner
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful morning hike! Great scenery!

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Dejan Zupancic
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Hiking

Pretty boring & uninspiring.

Sarah Mobley
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Hiking

Gorgeous scenery. Fantastic view of Four Peaks and the Fountain in FH. More easy than moderate. Not rocky at all which is a nice change. Just smooth sand. Good for kids.

Annie Kitchen
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Hiking

Easy, gorgeous trail with interpretive signs detailing geological history of the landslide. Lots of bouldering opportunities!

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Misty Waid
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Beautiful trail!!!! I did this trail on Easter. Easy to moderate. Tons of wild flowers. Highly recommend this trail. Great views.

Jennifer Kuper
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Hiking

Great easy to moderate hike! With the wild flowers blooming and all the rock formations, it’s a gorgeous hike! We stopped a lot to read signs, take pictures and remove cactus from our dog’s nose (many thanks to the people who helped us with that if you see this!!). Otherwise, I think this would’ve taken our family of 4 plus dog less than two hours. It’s moderate for a mile loop section and easy otherwise so it’s a great bridge from easy to moderate.

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Sara Murray
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HikingNo shadeOver grown

Beautiful trail, not too busy with quarantine and Easter Sunday. Lots of educational signs and lookouts.

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Rose Gunn
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Hiking

Nice trail

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Susan Sharp
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with cool wildflowers and views.

Ben Murchison
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Hiking

Perfect trail to avoid people. I’ve done Toms Thumb a bunch of times but never thought to hit this one. Great views the whole way, good for kids with all the educational signs.

Megan Thompson
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Hiking

Great hike in the spring time. Pretty easy overall. Enjoyed the information along the trail.

Guadalupe Clark
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Hiking

Loved this hike! The desert is in full bloom which made for splashes of color amongst the desert landscape. The rock formations and the landslide itself were very cool. Also Impressed by how well marked and maintained this trail is.

Donna Epstein
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Hiking

Balloon trail with amazing mushroom rock formations and informative signage. Trail is in good condition. Downhill out, but not much elevation change back. Trailhead is in upper left corner of parking lot that also serves Tom’s Thumb trail.

Anne Zigler
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Hiking

Very easy trail. Well maintained and marked. Went late in the day but only encountered a few people along the way. A few small detour trails along the way as well to see different rock formations.

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Sarah Barney
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Hiking

Best views and spread out inclines.

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Grace Pevear
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Running

Great for trail running. Good hills and mostly wide paths and spectacular views!

Tiffany Huett
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Absolutely beautiful trail! I look forward to a return visit in the spring to see everything in bloom. I really love unique rocks and boulders, so this trail was great. Not very challenging, but a nice hike if you require less of a workout or are doing 2 hikes in a day and wanna take it easy. There's rockclimbing areas along the trail too, we saw some climbers in action. Really glad I picked this one!

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