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Half Day - Tuesday April 16 - CANCELED

Marcus Landslide Hike
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve – Tom’s Thumb Trailhead
Cost: $34

 

photo of two rounded rocks leaning together

a rock formation known as the “Leaning Mushroom,” characteristic of
the natural weathering of granite in the northern McDowell Mountains

Description

Participants in this workshop will experience firsthand the spectacular scenery and incredible geologic history of the second largest landslide in Arizona. Interpretive signs along the trail discuss the geology of the region, with a focus on the Marcus Landslide, named in honor of the late Dr. Melvin Marcus, professor of geography at ASU. The Marcus Landslide Trail, completed in 2012, was made possible by a partnership between the City of Scottsdale, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Arizona State University, Paradise Valley Community College, and the Arizona Geologic Survey.

Participants will learn the overall history of the area and how it was initially slated to be a resort/residential development, and how the community came together to advocate for the land to be preserved, for the construction of the Lost Dog Wash Trailhead, and the trails in the area, which now all provide recreational access to the lands that the public taxed themselves to protect. In addition, hikers will learn about the coordination efforts between the City of Scottsdale and Maricopa County regarding trail connections across their shared boundary lines.

Length and Difficulty

This is a 4 mile round trip, categorized as moderate. Elevation change is limited to 280 vertical feet.


Leaders

Dan Gruber, McDowell Sonoran Conservancy; Scott Hamilton, City of Scottsdale

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