Submitted by:Prospect

Pinnacle Mountain State Park


http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/pinnaclemountain/

(501) 868-5806


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Pinnacle Mountain offers some great hiking.   The base trail, while rocky in spots offers a  moderate level of hiking difficulty compared to the more rugged summit trails.

 

We were disappointed the park didn't allow overnight camping, but the early drive out from Little Rock was rewarded with great exercise and wonderful views.

 

Before daybreak (6:45am), we started up the East Summit Trail to watch the sun rise over the Ozark Mountains.  On the way up we were passed by an individual performing his morning trek up and over the summit.  Since the rocks were getting much larger than me, we did not reach the peak but headed back down and counter-clockwise around the base trail.

 

We reached the West Summit trail around 9:30am.  The West Summit is definitely the heaviest traveled.  We literally saw packs of people coming up from the trailhead parking lot so we quickly got ahead of them.  Near the top, we met a couple college spring-breakers that also had traversed over the peak from the East Summit Trail.

 

On the way down, the crowds were picking up.  We met 5 clusters of people -- 4 of them were enjoying the outdoors with their own traveling dogs.

 

After making it back to the east side, we drove around to the West Summit Trail trailhead area.  Here we found an empty picnic table and enjoyed a quick lunch before resuming the life of a traveling dog.

Prospect's SignatureVisited March 24, 2010

Pinnacle Mountain State Park


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Pinnacle Mountain State Park


Base Trail

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Portions of the Base Trail can be very rocky & rough, but the casual dog explorer will find the majority of this dirt trail offers a rewarding outdoor experience.

East Summit Trail

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The East Summit Trail offers diverse hiking experiences.  The Lower Portion is a constant incline with a frequently rock littered path.  Near the Pine Tree line, the ascent becomes very steep and you must traverse large boulders to continue upward.

East Summit Trail - Part 2

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Rather than ascending towards the peak, a beaten path to the west offers relatively flat walking.

West Summit Trail

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The West Summit Trail is accessible from a large park area and trailhead parking lot.  Along with the fact it is easier to climb than the East Summit, the West Summit Trail is more popular and crowded.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park

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Visitor Center Lookout


The Visitor Center offers a small trail to a scenic overlook area.  Well worth the 10-15 minutes to take in the beautiful vistas.

Visitor Center


The Visitor Center area offers picnic areas alongside a mountain lake.

East Summit Trail - Lower Part


The lower portion of the East Summit Trail is a near constant incline and strewn with rocks.

East Summit Trail - Steep Ascent


Here the steep ascent towards the peak begins.

East Summit Views


Watching the sunrise from near the East Summit was awesome!

"Indian" Style Tree


It is doubtful this tree is old enough to be an authenticate Native American trail marker.  But it does provide a great photo opp for the traveling dog.

Bench


There are a few benches scattered along the Base Trail.

West Summit Trail Pictures


The West Summit Trail can be very rocky and steep.

West Summit Views


Like the East Summit, the West Summit offers amazing views of the surrounding country.

Rocky Path


The Base Trail can get rocky and treacherous at times.

West Summit Trail Trailhead


The West Summit Trail trailhead is definitely the popular spot.  With lots of parking, restroom facilities, park-like areas, lots of picnic tables, and access to kayaking this side of the mountain was buzzing with activity by the time we got done hiking around Pinnacle Mountain.

Pinnacle Mountain State Park


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