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Marcus Landslide Trail

MODERATE 190 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

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

bird watching

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
6 days ago

Nice fairly easy trail. The wildflowers were mostly gone but still lots to see. Lots of little lizards but not much other wildlife. Well maintained and easy to follow. Lots of other trails to do in the area!

hiking
bugs
26 days ago

nice path well maintained and lots of beautiful views and scenery. come take a walk. bring water! :-)

hiking
bugs
1 month ago

One of the most prettiest hikes I’ve done with plenty of wildflowers (saw bloomed magenta cactus flowers here) during the wildflower season and the landslide is so cool to witness with mushroom rocks!!! I also love the biodiversity and colorful butterflies that roam around here. It’s not a hard hike at all but the path will go straight for a while with some up and down movement. So many plaques scattered through the trail to educate what you’re looking at.

hiking
over grown
1 month ago

1 month ago

perfect for what we were looking for today - easy trail with tons of desert flowers in bloom. Very interesting rock formations, varying terrain and lots to see including majestic views. 4.3 miles from Tom's Thumb trailhead including the landfall loop at the end. Fun reading about the geology of the area at the various information stations along the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

We did a 10+ mile loop offshooting from Marcus landslide trail, into McDowell Regional Park. Nice views. Gentle terrain. Lots of flowers. Surprised a rattlesnake on the trail- he was not pleased. Tons of mountain bikers out here.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an easy but very interesting and rewarding trail. Right now everything is blooming, the birds are going crazy, there are bees and butterflies everywhere, and I even saw a gila monster cross the trail. I was totally alone almost the entire time, except for right when I began and right when I finished. There isn’t much shade, so I don’t recommend it when it’s really warm out.

hiking
1 month ago

I would consider this an easy trail. Good views of Four Peaks the whole way. Very interesting mushroom rock formations. Perfect trail for visitors looking to get out into the desert landscape without too much climbing. Good for kids and the older generation as well.

1 month ago

Great easy trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail to walk. Not that much hiking. Interesting things to see and views.

hiking
2 months ago

A great hike. Not too difficult so great for out of town guest that want a nice AZ hike but may not hike on a regular basis.

3/21/19 Thursday 65° 12pm easy trail. The desert was blooming with flower and all its glory. Awesome trail with flowers, rock formations and cool mud slide info. Hard to see slide area but looking at google maps you can see the area.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail, lots of wild flowers. Ran across a couple of rattle snakes but easily went around. This trail is pretty easy, the loop at the end was a good workout.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of flowers. Interesting rock formations. Easy up and down. Was a great hike with an out of town guest.

hiking
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Pretty easy trail. I wouldn’t consider this moderate. Stopped a lot along the way to take pictures. The scenery is very pretty and lots of wildflowers. The loop at the end was more moderate and some uphill. But most of the trail is relatively flat. Nice hike if looking for an easier trail.

3 months ago

I did the meetup guided discovery trail hike. This is a great up close view of some huge boulders in precarious positions and displaying how an awesome and historical event that happened a half million years ago shaped the landscape. Decent roads to the trailhead. After going to the Peralta Trail in my sons SUV, I was concerned about driving my Corvette here. It was fine with only a few potholes to dodge.

hiking
3 months ago

I would call this trail easy. Lots of educational signage, good trail for kids.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Gentle diverse hike, moderately travelled on a Sunday, with interesting geological features and a variety of vegetation and lots of flowers. Sweeping views.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail and great panoramic views

hiking
4 months ago

Be warned, there is no water at the trail head. Bring plenty of it along. As for the trail itself, it's a fun and unique experience. A mix of geological learning and hiking. There are several neat rock formations and information signs explaining their formation, as well as the formation of the landslide itself. Highly recommend taking an afternoon to explore this!

rock climbing
4 months ago

Great for rock climbing off of this trail as well as mesquite canyon trail

5 months ago

Beautiful display of geology happenings 500,000years ago. Read information as you go and get some geology that will make you want to know more. Happy trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Loved it, it was simple and smooth for us as beginners.

6 months ago

Very easy!

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy hike on a gravel and sand marked trail. Some ups and downs, but not too strenuous. Went around 4:30 pm and was mostly shaded. Finished around 6:30 with a brisk pace on the way back. Can’t see the sunset here but beautiful colors on the surrounding mountains and area.

hiking
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Nice, moderate level hiking trail with great views. Small ups and downs- nothing too strenuous. Nice to have the nature signs along the way to learn about the environment. Well maintained and Less traveled on the Sunday morning we went.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

We enjoyed this trail. It was quite easy with a bit if elevation gain at the loop.

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