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Marcus Landslide Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2014
DarthStiller
Hiking10.10 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking10.10 Miles   4 Hrs   10 Mns   2.42 mph
1,900 ft AEG
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I was up in this area 4 years ago hiking the Tom's Thumb Trail to the other MSP trails making a lasso loop. Much has changed here since then. A few more miles of trails have been added at the lower sections that interconnect with the McDowell Mtn Park trails. I did a loop over to the Pemberton Trail and then down towards the actual Marcus Landslide. Lots of interpretive signs down there giving info on the geography of the landslide and surrounding area. I found it very odd that they didn't "discover" the landslide until 2002. I always thought this area really stands out from the rest of the McDowells because of all the boulders.

After the Marcus Landslide, I hiked back up towards the TH and hit the rest of the trails and headed up a little more on the Tom's Thumb Trail just for mileage to hit 10 miles. At the very end, I took one of the climbers' routes to Gardeners' Wall, which very quickly gets very narrow and unmaintained. Kind of like hiking most trails in the Tonto NF.

After that, made my way back to the car. Once daylight hits, so do the crowds. Not too crazy, but way more than you usually see in the wilderness or in this area 4 years ago.
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