Marcus Landslide Trail

MODERATE 93 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.

4.1 miles
518 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing



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.

3 days ago

Great hike with many informative signs and stops. Plenty of good spots for unique photos.

7 days ago

Moderate hike with little elevation gain. But scenery is exceptional with interesting rock formations.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail. Not strenuous. Very nice mountain views

1 month ago

The summary of this trail is extremely accurate.

1 month ago

Very nice hike but hardly moderate should be rated easy

3 months 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.

3 months 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.

4 months 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.

5 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.

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

Short hike. Beautiful every step

11 months ago

simple hike with beautiful views

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

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.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

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!!

Monday, January 02, 2017

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.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

nice views

Monday, November 14, 2016

nice scenery. worth the hike

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Nice, very interesting rock formations with some descriptions provided.

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