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Marcus Landslide Trail - MSP - 22 members in 121 triplogs have rated this an average 3.3 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Aug 11 2019
Naferg323
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47 male
 Joined May 26 2017
 Phoenix, AZ
Marcus Landslide Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 11 2019
Naferg323
Hiking4.45 Miles 663 AEG
Hiking4.45 Miles   1 Hour   50 Mns   2.54 mph
663 ft AEG      5 Mns Break
 
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Warm day so I opted for a bit easier hike to enjoy my Sunday. I had been to Tom's Thumb Trailhead numerous times but never did the Marcus Landslide Trail, so that is what I did. At a little over 4 miles and not much elevation, it was not too bad. I got to actually almost break out into a sprint in some sections. :sweat:
There were awesome looking rock formations the whole way as well as signs for your education of the landslide. This is a good trail for families to go on. I'm sure it gets busy in the Winter; I didn't see more than 2 people today. Most hikers go to The Thumb instead. By the time I finished, the temp was 91 degrees and 61 dew point. Little muggy. Fun trail, but this isn't the only place in the park for cool rocks! :)
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Mar 20 2019
Sun_Ray
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71 male
 Joined Sep 09 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Gooseneck Trail - MSPC, AZ 
Gooseneck Trail - MSPC, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2019
Sun_Ray
Hiking7.32 Miles 626 AEG
Hiking7.32 Miles   3 Hrs   23 Mns   2.54 mph
626 ft AEG      30 Mns Break
1st trip
Wanted to take advantage of the cool weather and wildflower bloom. Kai and I started at Tom's Thumb Trailhead and took Marcus Landslide - Gooseneck - service road 3 - Pemberton - rock knob - ML to TH. Was disappointed in the wildflowers.... does not compare to bloom at Granite Mountain in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Longest hike of the year for me.
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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday......there is no SOMEDAY!
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Mar 17 2019
Crzy4AZ
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46 female
 Joined Apr 02 2007
 Scottsdale, AZ
Marcus Landslide Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2019
Crzy4AZ
Hiking2.46 Miles 310 AEG
Hiking2.46 Miles      59 Mns   2.54 mph
310 ft AEG      1 Min Break
 
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Working in hospital this weekend - having FOMO of spring flowers in McDowells. Not fear - actually missing out ! Scanned some hashtags on IG and went for a big patch of poppies at the base of Rock Knob then did little loop back to car.

Highlight was seeing official sign recognizing spur up to the Salt and Pepper rocks. Dug through archives to find my favorite video of that spot kids in 2013.

Happy Spring Y’all !
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Huge patch of poppies at base of Rock Knob close to MMRP junction
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Mar 16 2019
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Granite Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 16 2019
RowdyandMe
Hiking12.96 Miles 1,992 AEG
Hiking12.96 Miles   5 Hrs   28 Mns   2.59 mph
1,992 ft AEG      28 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
1st trip
Culture
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Historical Marker
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Feb 15 2019
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Marcus-Boulder-Coachwhip-Windmill-EE-TT - MSP, AZ 
Marcus-Boulder-Coachwhip-Windmill-EE-TT - MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2019
KBKB
Hiking10.34 Miles 2,018 AEG
Hiking10.34 Miles   6 Hrs   21 Mns   2.83 mph
2,018 ft AEG   2 Hrs   42 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Bob, Mike, Nick, Marilyn, Nora, Sara, and Kelly joined me for a 10+ mile loop in the McDowells. We hiked: Marcus Landslide, Boulder, Pemberton, Coachwhip, Windmill, East End, and Tom’s Thumb trails.

It was a cool and cloudy day, very pleasant for hiking. Recent rain has made things even greener with abundant flowers. Trails were in good condition too.
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Feb 08 2019
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Wash Day plus Marcus Landslide - MMRP/MSP, AZ 
Wash Day plus Marcus Landslide - MMRP/MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2019
KBKB
Hiking12.47 Miles 1,079 AEG
Hiking12.47 Miles   4 Hrs   49 Mns   3.04 mph
1,079 ft AEG      43 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Ben, Marilyn, Mike, Bob, and Cathy joined me for a twelve and a half mile hike that took us all the way out to Marcus Landslide (starting from the Trailhead Staging Area).

Some of us saw javelina (and ravens) on our drive into the park. Later, during the hike, we saw jackrabbits, coyotes, deer, and more ravens.

We saw lots of flowers too. The poppies are especially thick in the Marcus Landslide area. The closer we got to this trail, the more poppies we saw. We saw brittlebush, lupine, fiddleneck, and owl clover too. The brittlebush seems to be drying up somewhat, whereas the fiddlenecks are just starting to emerge.
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brittlebush, poppies, lupine, owl clover, fiddleneck
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Jan 25 2019
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Lost Wall Loop Plus, AZ 
Lost Wall Loop Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 25 2019
KBKB
Hiking11.40 Miles 2,326 AEG
Hiking11.40 Miles   6 Hrs   35 Mns   2.70 mph
2,326 ft AEG   2 Hrs   22 Mns Break25 LBS Pack
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Lloyd joined me for Friday's hike in the McDowells. He told me up front that he's 70 years old with a pacemaker. However, he's been doing some serious hiking recently and was ready for a hard hike.

We did a big loop starting with part of the Lost Wall Loop. Once we got to Tom's Thumb Trail, we headed down and then down some more on the East End Trail. Part way down EE, another hiker named Danny joined us. When we got to Windmill, we turned left and then left again on Coachwhip. Now in MMRP, we turned left again on Pemberton and then again on Boulder, which brought us back to the Preserve. Danny headed back to the parking lot while Lloyd and I went on to do the loop on the Marcus Landslide Trail - Lloyd told me that it'd be too short of a hike if we headed straight back at that point. Once we finished the loop, we did head back. I offered to extend the hike to 12 miles which was what Lloyd was shooting for, but he admitted that he was starting to get tired as we made our way back.

We saw many other hikers on our way. While in MMRP, we saw a few mountain bikers too.

We saw lots of flowers, especially brittlebush and poppies.

The trails were all in good condition, though Danny felt that the East End Trail was a bit loose.
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brittlebush, poppies
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Jan 12 2019
Oregon_Hiker
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72 male
 Joined Dec 07 2010
 Phoenix, AZ
Toms Thumb Marcus Landslide Loop, AZ 
Toms Thumb Marcus Landslide Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2019
Oregon_Hiker
Hiking9.10 Miles 1,550 AEG
Hiking9.10 Miles   4 Hrs   43 Mns   1.93 mph
1,550 ft AEG
 
1st trip
A nice loop hike on relatively well maintained trails out of the Toms Thumb trailhead. It was a Saturday so the main parking lot was full and the overflow lots were about 2/3 full. Lots of people to chat with on the steep ascent up the Tom's Thumb trail and most were passing me even though I was setting a fairly good pace (for me). A young women was charging up the trail with her male friend lagging behind. I told her "You're kicking his a$$" as she passed by. Need to learn to keep my mouth shut but it turned out OK. She just smiled while he blurted out an excuse "We don't have hills in Texas". The crowd thinned out once I started down the East End Trail and only saw a few hikers and several mountain bikers until getting to the Marcus Landslide trail.
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Dec 07 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Lost Wall Loop - extended version - MSP/MMRP, AZ 
Lost Wall Loop - extended version - MSP/MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 07 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.92 Miles 2,146 AEG
Hiking10.92 Miles   5 Hrs   18 Mns   2.85 mph
2,146 ft AEG   1 Hour   28 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Laura joined me for a Friday morning (into afternoon) hike in the McDowells.

Starting from Tom's Thumb Trailhead, we started on Tom's Thumb Trail and then took the first climber's access trail to the right. This took us to the ridge on which the Thumb is situated and took us past this prominence. (This is part of the Lost Wall Loop.) When we reached Tom's Thumb Trail again, we turned left and then right onto the East End Trail where we descended until the end of the trail intersecting the Windmill Trail. We continued left on Windmill, then left on Coachwhip, left on Pemberton, left on Boulder, and right on Marcus Landslide. When we got to the intersection with Feldspar, I bid goodbye to Laura and continued on Feldspar and then back on Tom's Thumb. (Tacking on Feldspar at the end of this loop adds perhaps an extra mile of distance.)

When I had last hiked the climber's access trail for the Lost Wall Loop, I got lost midway along. That didn't happen today - I figured out where I went wrong last time and did not repeat that mistake.

The trails were all somewhat damp after last night's rain, but that seemed to improve things somewhat - they didn't feel quite as loose as they normally do.

I saw some evidence of recent erosion on a few trails - in one spot on Tom's Thumb Trail, I saw some exposed wire mesh used to reinforce the trail. East End was somewhat loose and eroded, but I sort of like it that way. It didn't seem much worse (or better) than the last time I did it.

We saw some poppies, brittlebush, and chuparosa along the way. I think I got a photo of a bee on some brittlebush.
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Brittlebush, chuparosa, poppies.
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Nov 09 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Hog Heaven Extended Loop, AZ 
Hog Heaven Extended Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 09 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.67 Miles 2,464 AEG
Hiking10.67 Miles   5 Hrs   46 Mns   2.03 mph
2,464 ft AEG      30 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Ben, Marilyn, Nora, and Kay joined me for a hike of most of the Hog Heaven Loop. We visited the East End Peak and continued back to Tom's Thumb Trail. At that junction, the rest of the group finished the Hog Heaven Loop by returning to the trailhead via Tom's Thumb Trail. I added on a few more miles... Down East End, left on Windmill, left on Coachwhip, left on Pemberton, left on Boulder, right on Marcus landslide, right on Caballo, which brought me back to the trailhead.

I had mentioned that I had a hard time finding the trail in a few spots on my hike of the Lost Wall Loop a few weeks ago. This wasn't a problem on the Hog Heaven Loop, though it is easy to get off route if you're not paying attention. I found the route finding to be easier than normal on this hike.

Recent rains seem to have firmed up the climber's access trails which make up the Hog Heaven Loop. It seemed less treacherous than normal.

I had been up the East End Trail two weeks ago. The descent seemed looser than expected, but then that aspect of things is often easier when going uphill.

The rest of the trails were in good condition. I noticed a couple of (recently made) bypasses around some erosion on Marcus Landslide.

After crossing over to MMRP, I noticed a bunch of pink ribbons attached to vegetation with clothespins. I think these mark the route for the upcoming horse event in MMRP - Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way.
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Oct 07 2018
RaineJane
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30 female
 Joined Jun 12 2016
 Tempe, AZ
Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 07 2018
RaineJane
Hiking6.30 Miles 1,601 AEG
Hiking6.30 Miles   1 Hour   36 Mns   3.94 mph
1,601 ft AEG
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1st trip
Did Tom's Thumb Trail up to the base of the thumb, then back to the car, which is a nice 4.4 miles round trip, but I needed to complete 6.2 miles (10K), so I tacked on a little bit of Feldspar Trail, the equestrian trail, and Marcus Landslide Trail. I parked at 6:45am just as the lightning and rain were ending. There were no other cars in the parking lot!! I had the area all to myself for about an hour. It was so glorious with the fresh rain, chirping birds, moving clouds. I even saw a Desert Grassland Whiptail (Aspidoscelis uniparens) trying to warm up in the middle of the trail. Typically they are wicked fast, but this little one was cold and slow enough that I was able to catch it. The trail was eroded and washed out in a lot of the switchbacks section. Volunteers put in sooo much hard work to maintain the trail for our enjoyment and use. Don't forget to thank them when you see them!
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Sep 21 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Hog Heaven Lost Wall Loop - MSP, AZ 
Hog Heaven Lost Wall Loop - MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Sep 21 2018
KBKB
Hiking5.47 Miles 1,854 AEG
Hiking5.47 Miles   4 Hrs   41 Mns   1.28 mph
1,854 ft AEG      25 Mns Break26 LBS Pack
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1st trip
For my Friday morning hike, I did a combo of the Hog Heaven Loop plus the Lost Wall Loop. Towards the end, I added in Feldspar and returned on Marcus Landslide to extend the distance somewhat.

Monsoon rains have left yellow grass over much of the terrain. Despite being familiar with this route, I had to pause and look ahead for cairns several times in order to figure out where to go next. I also encountered some erosion at various points along the way, particularly on my descent of the Lost Wall Loop which made things a bit more interesting.

I saw a few hikers and even mountain bikers while I was on Tom's Thumb Trail. I didn't see anyone on the climber's access trails for either the Hog Heaven or Lost Wall sections.
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Tom's Thumb
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Aug 31 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Marcus-Boulder-Coachwhip-EE-TT - MSP/MMRP, AZ 
Marcus-Boulder-Coachwhip-EE-TT - MSP/MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.40 Miles 1,804 AEG
Hiking10.40 Miles   4 Hrs   58 Mns   2.33 mph
1,804 ft AEG      30 Mns Break26 LBS Pack
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1st trip
Linda and I did a 10+ mile loop for our Friday morning hike.

Starting from Tom's Thumb Trailhead, we hiked Marcus Landslide, turned left onto Boulder, which took us into MMRP. Following Boulder to its eastern end, we then turned right onto Pemberton and right again onto Coachwhip. The Windmill Trail took us back into MSP where we turned right onto the East End Trail. It had gotten warm and it was slow going up the East End Trail, but we eventually got to Tom's Thumb Trail. Once there, we turned left to see if we could see the remains of a deer that had been killed, possibly by a mountain lion, earlier in the week. Linda knew approximately where it should have been, but we didn't see anything aside from a bit of fur. We weren't really sure whether that was part of the kill or not. We returned to the parking lot via Tom's Thumb Trail.

We considered going onto Tom's Thumb, the pinnacle, and then possibly down the Lost Wall Loop, but we decided against it since Linda was running low on water. I had finished my first reservoir while coming up East End and was, by then, partway through my second.

We saw a rattlesnake along the way - it was angry about being disturbed. We also saw some caterpillars digging holes. We spotted several lizards; one posed for me - I think I may have gotten a good photo. We also saw a number of flowers including Datura, Arizona Poppy, and one which Linda told me was Devil's Claw.
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Jul 27 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Hog Heaven Loop Plus, AZ 
Hog Heaven Loop Plus, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2018
KBKB
Hiking5.15 Miles 1,644 AEG
Hiking5.15 Miles   3 Hrs   45 Mns   1.55 mph
1,644 ft AEG      25 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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For Friday's Hike, I did the Hog Heaven Loop and added on a bit at the end.

I saw a Gila Monster on my way to Hog Heaven. Later, as I was descending from the East End, I saw a number of caterpillars munching on new vegetation. As I descended Tom's Thumb Trail, I saw some Caltrops (which I had at first misidentified as Mariposa Lilies).

Once I turned off onto Mesquite Canyon Trail (which was almost immediately after leaving the parking lot), I didn't see anyone until I got back to Tom's Thumb Trail. And, even then, the traffic on Tom's Thumb Trail was a good deal sparser than normal, perhaps due to the heat. A fellow from one of the groups I met asked me if the trail leveled off soon. (Yeah, eventually, but not soon.)

I noticed a fair amount of erosion on the Feldspar Trail as well on the lower sections of the climber's access trail that goes through Mesquite Canyon. It was somewhat eroded later on too, but as bad as those sections at lower elevations. There was no problem with following the trail, but it did made the footing a bit more interesting than normal. There were other sections which are normally loose, but which seemed to be scoured clean of the usual gravel which normally make these sections treacherous.
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Jul 04 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Lost Wall Loop plus - MSP, AZ 
Lost Wall Loop plus - MSP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2018
KBKB
Hiking11.23 Miles 3,123 AEG
Hiking11.23 Miles   5 Hrs   23 Mns   2.12 mph
3,123 ft AEG      5 Mns Break26 LBS Pack
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I like the climber's access trail that forms the interesting part of the Lost Wall Loop. It allows us to turn lasso hikes utilizing Tom's Thumb Trail into (more of) a loop hike. That's what I did (again) today...

For today's hike, I started off on the Lost Wall Loop. When I hit Tom's Thumb Trail (after passing Tom's Thumb, the pinnacle), I turned right (west) which took me to the Scottsdale side of things. I returned via Windgate, Windmill, East End, and Tom's Thumb Trail. When I got near the bottom, I added on an extra mile by doing Feldspar, Marcus Landslide, and Caballo.

I got an early start, so was able to hike in the shade when I got to the west side of the mountain. Hiking up East End was hard - it's steep and the breeze was mostly at my back, so I didn't feel it much. Thankfully, the higher I got, the breezier it got, so it did eventually make a difference.

I saw a bunch of other hikers and even one mountain biker who was somehow managing to ride his bike up Tom's Thumb Trail (from the Scottsdale side). I didn't see as many people as I was expecting though.
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Jun 29 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Lost Wall Loop - extended version - MSP/MMRP, AZ 
Lost Wall Loop - extended version - MSP/MMRP, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 29 2018
KBKB
Hiking9.95 Miles 1,929 AEG
Hiking9.95 Miles   4 Hrs   2 Mns   2.57 mph
1,929 ft AEG      10 Mns Break
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Linda and I hiked an extended version of the Lost Wall Loop.

Starting from Tom's Thumb TH, we hiked Tom's Thumb to the first climber's access trail to the right, starting the Lost Wall Loop. We hiked this trail up to the ridge and then past Tom's Thumb which eventually took us back to the Tom's Thumb Trail.

Instead of returning to the parking lot via Tom's Thumb Trail, we instead went down East End, left on Windmill, left on Coachwhip, left on Pemberton, left on Boulder, and right on Marcus Landslide.

We saw Anika, a very fit trail runner who I've encountered several times in the past, as she was coming up the East End Trail. We chatted for a few minutes. She had a 22 mile run planned for the day! I'm amazed that she can do it with just a single water bottle tucked into the waistband of her running shorts.

As usual, trail conditions in this area are very good, though of course everything is really dry. The dry conditions caused both of us to slip a few times as we descended the East End Trail.
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May 04 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Tom's Thumb-Marcus Landslide area loop, AZ 
Tom's Thumb-Marcus Landslide area loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 04 2018
KBKB
Hiking10.66 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking10.66 Miles   4 Hrs   36 Mns   2.60 mph
1,900 ft AEG      30 Mns Break24 LBS Pack
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Linda and Marlee joined me for a nearly 11 mile loop in the McDowells.

Starting at Tom's Thumb Trailhead, we hiked up Tom's Thumb Trail, went down East End, continued east one Windmill and then Coachwhip, turned left onto Pemberton, and left again on Boulder. When we hit the Marcus Landslide Trail, we turned left to do the interpretive loop before heading back to the trailhead.

We saw a number of other trail users on Tom's Thumb and Marcus Landslide, but not many on the other trails.

No snakes today, but we did see a number of bunnies. We also saw a deer as we were starting out.
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May 03 2018
RowdyandMe
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65 male
 Joined Jul 16 2012
 Deer Valley, AZ
Marcus Landslide Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 03 2018
RowdyandMe
Hiking7.29 Miles 954 AEG
Hiking7.29 Miles   4 Hrs   3 Mns   2.01 mph
954 ft AEG      25 Mns Break12 LBS Pack
 
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Rowdy and Widowmaker
Apr 13 2018
KBKB
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57 male
 Joined Apr 22 2012
 Fountain Hills,
Hog Heaven / Lost Wall Loop, AZ 
Hog Heaven / Lost Wall Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2018
KBKB
Hiking5.18 Miles 2,270 AEG
Hiking5.18 Miles   4 Hrs   35 Mns   1.27 mph
2,270 ft AEG      30 Mns Break22 LBS Pack
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For Friday's hike, Kay and I hiked a combination of the Hog Heaven Loop and the Lost Wall Loop.

We started off by hiking Marcus Landslide and then turned right onto Feldspar. Just off the trail and to the left are some low angle (third class) slabs which lead to the top of Sven Tower I. We summited there and then continued on the climber's access trail leading past Sven Towers II and III. This soon joined the standard route for the Hog Heaven Loop. We hiked past Hog Heaven and the Thumbnail Pinnacle and the continued onto the East End (summit) where we also went to that summit.

Continuing on, we descended the climber's access trail to Tom's Thumb Trail. From there, we hiked over to (and then on) the oft used climber's access trail going to Tom's Thumb. We continued past Tom's Thumb and then down past Lost Wall, Half & Half Wall and the Fort McDowell climbing areas. This eventually led us back to Tom's Thumb Trail and then back to the parking lot.

The route is only about five miles, but it's (IMO) some quality hiking. I think this is my favorite route in the area.
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Apr 08 2018
Daytripper
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68 male
 Joined Dec 10 2016
 Gold Canyon
Tom's Thumb Trail - MSPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 08 2018
Daytripper
Hiking6.09 Miles 1,452 AEG
Hiking6.09 Miles
1,452 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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Second time to Tom’s Thumb this year,first time from Tom’s Thumb trailhead,verifying for me this way is easier. I picked this hike for my son and daughter in law ,they wanted to do this in tourist mode so they sent me to scout ahead , arrived at east end trail junction from the trailhead in 28 minutes,then waited and waited then quit recording the trip time. We lollygagged around Tom’s Thumb ,had the obligate picture from the trail steward accomplished. While my son and his wife rested I went to the lookout and took a couple of pictures not worthy of posting due to haze. On the way down noticed that I felt less likely to have an uncontrolled slide by jogging slowly versus walking in sort of go with the flow descent. Took the feldspar trail over to Marcus Slide trail, did not get too enthused about this particular trail,good for accessing the climbing areas ,I suppose. Finished in 80 degree temps , there was a steady stream of pleasant hikers today but also surprised how many dogs apparently like to hike this trail in the heat. Noted ground squirrels , small lizards and one mexican poppy .
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WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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11.5 inch Teflon Coated Umbrella
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