Pinnacle Mountain East Summit Trail

HARD 46 reviews

Pinnacle Mountain East Summit Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Little Rock, Arkansas that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles 711 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

forest

views

rocky

scramble

hiking
11 days ago

Rocky is a understatement But loved every bit of it I went up on the west side and went down the east side then hiked the base trail when I say went down thats how it mostly was down on my butt sliding down the rocks on the majority of it

rock climbing
18 days ago

Wasn't expecting that, but if you're up to it it was worth it. Rock climbing for about half the trek up. Almost took our 4 and 6 year old up but decided better of it. Good decision in the end. Great views at top.

24 days ago

Popular with locals and can be crowded but good view at the top.

I hiked this trail two years ago. I actually didn't realize I was going up East side until I saw the sign. It was definitely challenging!

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

This is the more challenging of the two summit trails. About half way up, the trail turns into a rock field. I had my two boys with me (7 and 5) and began to question whether it was a good idea for them to be on the trail, but they crushed it pretending to be "rock beasts"! I cannot say how the trek back down is as I took the kids back down the easier, west trail.

Great view at top. Be warned; it gets crowded on top. Terrain on top is also highly worn so it can be slick.

On your way through the rock field, keep an eye out for the turkey vultures sunbathing on top of the rock walls.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent for a challenging rock climb. Not recommended for children or animals, unless you go up the west side.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Short and steep with a nice scramble. Packed out tons of empty single use water bottles and trash that was scattered everywhere near the top of the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Fun but tough trail. About halfway through you hit the rocks and climb a steep incline for the rest of the hike. I traveled with my 2 year old daughter on our hike carrier which made for an even greater challenge, but the view from the top was a great reward!

hiking
4 months ago

Quick, fun morning hike. Very beautiful. Challenging in areas.

Well worth the time and effort to the summit! We will do this again!!

4 months ago

Really enjoyed it! Basically got to do some bouldering at the end to make it to the top. I would do the West summit trail if you have a dog or little ones.

hiking
4 months ago

5 months ago

Starts out as a nice hike and turned into a steep climb over boulders. It was a lot of fun but next time I won't be the one hiking everyone's water in my day pack. Amazing views!!! Make sure to check out the north and the south peaks two total different views.

5 months ago

My dog died of heat stroke after climbing down the west side... It happened so suddenly even though he was hydrated. He was only almost 5 years old.. He was my baby... I drove 2 hours from Memphis for a day hike with my Otis & little brother to celebrate end of summer and beginning of university semester... I take my dog hiking & jogging frequently. We rested for a longtime in the shade, drank plenty water then headed back down to the car. But Otis collapsed and was rushed to emergency but we couldn't save him... His organs shut down and he had seizure. Don't take pets here, it's a deadly hike. This extreme heat is no joke either, we are used to humidity but this was a tragedy.. My life changed after this short hike on Pinnacle mountain. Honestly I appreciate the kindness of locals who aided us in our despair, but I will never return to this place & I don't recommend it. I heard afterwards that supposedly there was a warning put up bc recently 2 other dogs passed away here - but the park took it down? Whatever the reason... I would never have come here had I known pets died here recently. Now MY BABY is dead too!!!! :'(

6 months ago