Geology/Marcus Landslide

A moderate 4-mile hike to the second largest landslide in AZ on the east side of East End mountain, including a discussion of the geological history of the area. This 2.5 hour hike is suitable for all hikers.  This hike is a 400 ft gain of elevation, it's a fairly short distance to reach the top of the Landslide. . . after that it is pretty level.

Please arrive at the Tom's Thumb trailhead by 7:45 a.m. Maximum 20 people.

If you ever thought Geology was boring this hike will change your mind. You will enjoy this hike every step of the way. Bring your camera and water of course.

 

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Dogs are welcome in the Preserve but only service dogs are permitted on guided hikes.

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  • Michael B.

    In case you didn't make the hike, here's some video of the great geological history given by our leader Dan...
    http://bit.ly/SjWYnk

    1 · November 25, 2012

    • Shelley

      Thanks for the link Michael! It's wonderful!

      November 26, 2012

  • Lydia

    It was so wonderful. Dan was a wealth of information about the area and the landslide and I got to see a friend that I have not seen in some time. All that plus hiking in a magnificent area. It just could not have been any better. Thank you.

    November 3, 2012

  • Michael B.

    Top notch hike. An easy, enjoyable morning with plenty of time for learning. Aside from the geology information presented by leader Dan, we saw a coyote, a cardinal and a redtail hawk.

    November 3, 2012

  • Arlene F.

    Easy three

    November 3, 2012

  • Lisa

    So glad the landslide is now open for learning. I had tried to see it for years and only caught a glimps from an airplane once. Now I can finally see it up close and it was a very scenic easy hike.

    November 3, 2012

  • Lisa

    Great guided hike although this is an easy trail and not moderate. Not sure where the 400 ft elevation change comes from unless you are accumulating total change. I saw no more than about 250 ft of elevation change in any given place. If you add the elevation change from the hike up the landslide with the elevation change from the bottom of the landslide back to the parking lot then yes 400 ft is accurate. My friend could have gone but she pulled out due to the "400 ft" of elevation change which most people would interpret as all at one time. We thought the hike up the landslide was 400 ft total. Dan was FANTASTIC!!!!

    November 3, 2012

  • Shelley

    Lisa,

    "I just spoke with another hiker who claims that the elevation gain is closer to 400 than 300 . . . this is a very new trail and we are consolidating this information. The bottom line is that the first 300 feet ask for some attention . . . the rest is quite mild"

    October 17, 2012

  • Shelley

    Yes, 300 ft gain of elevation, it's a fairly short distance to reach the top of the Landslide. . . after that it is pretty mild. I hope that helps.

    October 17, 2012

  • Lisa

    Part of my question was answered - with 300 ft of elevation gain? Sorry but this is the important part of my question for my guest.

    October 17, 2012

  • Shelley

    Hi Lisa,

    Yes, this hike is just under 4 miles and Dan Gruber (our leader) is a wealth of knowledge. I did this hike with him a couple of weeks ago and I enjoyed every sigle step.

    October 16, 2012

  • Lisa

    is this the 3.7 mile trail with 300 ft of elevation gain?

    October 16, 2012

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