Marcus Landslide Trail

We'll meet near the restrooms at the Tom's Thumb entrance to Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.


The hike will consist of the entire Marcus Landslide Trail.  This hike offers great views and cool rock formations.  The Marcus Landslide Trail is an interpretive geology trail.


*****NOTE 1 - GPSes, Mapquest, etc may _NOT_ give correct directions to the TH.  Follow the directions below.


*****NOTE 2 - There is NO water at the TH.


Hike Length: 3.8 miles

Elevation Change: about 500 feet

Difficulty: Moderate

Facilities: at TH

Trail Style: out & back with a loop at the far end of the trail

Dogs: Yes, if leashed


Directions to the TH - take Happy Valley Road east from N Pima Road, at the STOP sign continue straight entering Troon.  After passing through most of Troon follow signs for McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  Turn right onto Ranch Gate Road.  Follow signs for Trailhead Parking.  Turn right onto 128th Street.  Follow signs for Trailhead Parking.  The road will spill into the parking area. The TH is at this parking area.  We'll meet near the restrooms.


Alternately, from Rio Verde Drive (Dynamite Blvd) take 128th Street south.  This section of 128th Street can be very rough and may require a high clearance vehicle.

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  • Marshall

    Another great hike. Didn't hear any gunshots. Maybe it was too hot for the hunters.

    September 6, 2013

  • Chuck

    A smooth trail. Lots of learning opportunities along the way. Little shade. Superior experience. Marshall demonstrated his usual patience. Thanks.

    September 6, 2013

  • David T.

    Yahoo! Great hike - nobody got shot!

    September 6, 2013

  • Chuck

    On pin peak heav traf two cycles at lights will ctch p wih you

    September 6, 2013

  • Maureen O'Neil C.

    Chuck, can you please tell Marshall I can't make it there. Thanks
    MO

    September 6, 2013

  • Chuck

    Bad wreck on 101,

    September 6, 2013

  • Maureen O'Neil C.

    I lived on the water on Long Island for about 14 years. The first year I was there was an eye opener for me. Learned all about the early morning people clamming, fishing, and duck hunting. That first season I was so upset by the shots heard as my family was so close including all my dogs, who loved to be outside watching all the animal life that lived all around us. I found myself calling the police pretty often that first year, including the marine police. I found out when killing birds, hunters use buckshot. You have to be fairly close to kill birds. The buckshot does not travel far and loses speed quickly. The worst that could happen would be to get skinned by one of the pellets. More importantly, hunters are out at the break of dawn when the birds first take flight or wake from night. I do understand that Quail do not fly but good thing is, We will be walking after the hunters have gone home.

    2 · September 5, 2013

  • Maureen O'Neil C.

    Geeze.... Bugs, mosquitoes, and now bullets!!!! Is someone trying to tell me something? Usually killers, ummm, I mean hunters, are out bright and early. Hopefully they will kill and go home before we venture out. Thanks so much for the heads up

    September 3, 2013

    • Jim K.

      I have followed-up with the Pinnacle Peak Park / Tom’s Thumb Trailhead Coordinator and also the Sr. Planner for the City of Scottsdale. Here’s the bottom line for the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve ~ and BTW these rules are established by Arizona Game and Fish Commission:

      • Hunting with firearms is prohibited
      • Trapping is prohibited
      • Archery hunting is permitted in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve for certain periods for different game; Javelina, Deer, and Mountain Lion
      • Lands within a ¼ mile of an occupied structure are closed to all hunting
      • Possession of a firearm is allowed but cannot be discharged within Preserve boundaries

      It is legal for them to hunt dove and quail at this time of year in the Regional Park, and again in December. As you can see, Marcus Landslide Trail comes very close to the boundary with the Regional Park so you could literally be walking side-by-side with hunters for a good portion of the trail.

      September 4, 2013

    • Marshall

      Thanks for posting your follow-up Jim.

      September 4, 2013

  • Jim K.

    You might want to read the posts from “Marcus Landslide Labor Day”. Dove season opened on 09-01, so just be aware you may come across hunters / shooters. They were VERY CLOSE to us yesterday, so as a Group we decided to turn around. FYI.

    September 3, 2013

    • Marshall

      Thanks very much for the heads-up Jim. I agree with Maureen and don't think hunters will be out when we're hiking ... after 8 AM. But, it's good to know and we'll certainly keep our eyes and ears open.

      September 3, 2013

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