Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
Marcus Landslide Day Hike
when March 16, 2019
  Trip Report : December 22, 2012
  Trip Report : March 10, 2012
where McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale
the hike     Did you ever wonder what a mountain would look like 500,000 years after half of it fell down? If so, this is the hike for you. Two ASU graduate students discovered this formation in 2002. Now it’s the highlight of an interpretive trail the northern part of the Scottsdale Sonoran Preserve.
    There are about 20 interpretive signs along the way, which explain a little about the geology of the area and the various reasons why this massive movement of earth may have occurred. The trail is a lollipop formation, out to the landslide, a loop up on top of the landslide, and back on the same trail. Along the way we’ll see an collection of unusual rock formations.
    There are toilets at the trailhead but no drinking water.
distance about 6 miles
time 3-4 hours
EC +-700' with optional trails
elevations 2802' (Tom’s Thumb Trailhead) to 2501' (south of Rock Knob)
type figure-6
starting at
Tom’s Thumb Trailhead 33° 41.694' N,  111° 48.032' W  [NAD27]
on trail 100% — Marcus Landslide Trail
cost The club allows voluntary contributions of $5 per non-member.
rating "C"     Rate yourself as a hiker.
dogs allowed no
weather Scottsdale
meet 8:00 AM Tom’s Thumb Trailhead, 23015 N 128th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
•  From Loop 101 exit northbound on Hayden Road.
Continue north on Hayden Road to Thompson Peak Parkway.
•  Turn right onto Thompson Peak Parkway.
Turn left onto Pima Road.
•  Turn right onto Happy Valley Road.
Turn right onto Ranch Gate Road.
•  Turn right onto 128th Street.
Continue south on 128th Street to the trailhead.

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