Marcus Landslide Day Hike; Scottsdale, December 20, 2018 GPS Map

Half a million years ago there was a great landslide in the McDowells. It’s clearly seen on the topographic map today, with boulders that slid downhill and an altered topography. Now there’s a well-defined trail to the landslide.

The trail starts at Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. Scottsdale has done an excellent job with trailheads. Everything is first class. Over in the east valley, many of the trailheads and trails are unmarked and not easy to follow.

Dozens of people were on the trail, this fine day.


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Red berries and yellow blossoms get along well together.
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Tom’s Thumb and the Mushroom Rocks.
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Verde Valley and the mighty Mazatzals.
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Verde Valley and the mighty Mazatzals.
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Yes, we can do it.
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The rock had a smile like a big crocodile.
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Now who says I’m snooty?
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All right, Grumpy, what it is this time?
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Heterotheca subaxillaris - Camphorweed
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Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana - California Poppy
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Encelia farinosa - Brittlebush
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Cute, furry Teddy Bears (Opuntia bigelovii).  Keep your distance!
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That sloping ground is the Marcus Landslide.  Glad I wasn’t around when it happened, half a million years ago.
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The landslide began just below the Iguana.
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Submarine Rock was some boulder. It slid down, then cracked.
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Stone Turkey (left) sits atop Rock Knob.

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