Mondays in the McDowells Exercise Hike: Marcus Landslide and Feldspar Trails

Date: 
Monday, November 20, 2017 - 07:00
Leaders: 
Dan Rothman - dwrr12@gmail.com, 480-773-5197
Mark Miller - markm50@yahoo.com, 623-640-5375
Rating: 
C LENGTH: 5.0 mi. ELEV. GAIN: < 500 ft. PACE: Medium

 Meet at 7:00 am (start 7:05) at the TOM’s THUMB TRAILHEAD (23015 North 128th Street – go to www.mcdowellsonoran.org for further directions). 

Approximately 500,000 years ago, a landslide involving over 200 million cubic feet of granitic rock broke off the McDowell Mountains and flowed eastward for over 1 mile.  The resulting debris field now stands about 100 feet above the valley floor.  The Marcus Landslide Trail circumvents this debris field and includes numerous interpretative geologic signs.  The trail also offers great views of the McDowell Mountains, Four Peaks and Weaver’s Needle.  On the way back, we’ll also hike the Feldspar Trail and see many more boulders and interesting rock formations, including several very distinct “mushroom” rocks. 

Cost to non-members is $5.