Marcus Landslide/Pemberton Trail Hike (McDowell Sonoran Preserve & McDowell Mountain Regional Park)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 07:30
Barbara Weist -, 480-529- 4142
Dennis Weist -, 480-251- 5965
B LENGTH: ~12 mi ELEV GAIN: 1000 ft PACE: Medium

Meet at 7:30 am (depart at 7:45) at the Tom's Thumb Trailhead (north side) located on the south of Dynamite Road at 23015 N. 128 th Street. If you need help with directions, contact either leader or visit the McDowell Sonoran Preserve website ( and click on “Trailhead Locations”.

This is a lovely hike that starts and ends at Tom's Thumb via Rock Knob Trail and enters the McDowell Regional Park on the Tonto Trail and continues on the Pemberton Trail, returning via Marcus Landslide. The easy downhill into the Regional Park gives excellent views of gorgeous desert landscape and wonderful rock formations. This hike feels like you've really gotten away from the city. The gradual uphill back to the trailhead is enough of a workout to be glad you got on the trail.

Bring plenty of water, electrolytes and snacks. There are facilities, but no potable water at the trailhead.

Parks require all dogs be leashed. Fee to enter McDowell Mt. Regional Park is $2 per person or carload unless you have a yearly regional park pass.

Cost to non-members is $5. Only guests and new members need to contact the hike leader prior to the hike.