Pinnacle Mountain Base Loop Trail

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Pinnacle Mountain Base Loop Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Little Rock, AR that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles 246 feet Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

walking

forest

lake


23 days ago


1 month ago

hiking

Overall a fun hike, if you begin at the west base and go left, starting at trail marker 1 the hike is much harder relative to going right and doing the trail backwards. If you want an easy three mile walk go right, if you want a slightly strenuous hike go left from the west base. It's a fun hike either way though, rabbits, snakes, insects of all types, turtles, and deer can all be seen if you pay close attention. The only thing I dislike about the trail overall is there isn't much to see, it's a fun hike nevertheless.


2 months ago

awesome, love it


2 months ago

hiking

Nice, easy grade trail! Enjoyed warming up with this before summit!


2 months ago


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4 months ago

I really enjoy this trail when I combine it with the summit trails.


4 months ago


5 months ago

Great when combined the the two summit trails.


5 months ago

hiking

nice trail with some nice views-very popular trail


6 months ago


7 months ago

cross country skiing

Good hike well marked trail


7 months ago

hiking

Good hike with a good incline. Great views from the top.


7 months ago

trail running

Easy enough trail. Very rocky. Good for hiking, not so much for trail running.


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11 months ago

hiking


11 months ago

I took the base trail around then crossed the street and up to the visitor center. It adds a few extra miles. The visitor center has maps for additional trails if you want to start early and hike half a day. Pretty easy although uphill climbing is inevitable. A great hike!


1 year ago

hiking

While this side is deemed the easy side the hike up is steep and long. The majority of the trail is basically walking up stairs. That being said anyone can make it up this side while maintaining their own pace. Again though the view is totally worth it.


1 year ago

hiking

Start from the west side/main entrance at the covered bridge. 190 odd steps later you have the option of base trail left 2.0 mi right 1.5 mi or west summit up .75 mi to 1100' This trail consists of large rocks arranged in a stairway style. Base trail is marked 1-29 CW. Left side has quite a few rocks and is more interesting/challenging than the undulating half mile shorter right.
The east summit has it's own parking lot if you wish. It is also .75 mi to summit. It merely has more and longer vertical than the west and larger rocks. I prefer to go up the west down the east and then choose betwixt the longer north or shorter south back. There are several options depending on skill level and time. If in fairly decent shape you can go CCW at base to east side and up knocking out the harder side first. From there determine if you need to go down the easier west side or go back the east side then choose 1.5 or 2 mi base back to the west trail head. From there you can walk back to the auto and grab more water or use the bathroom facilities if needed. Or, if you're good to go walk up the easier west side. I use Pinnacle as a stage for longer hikes at times, but it is most rewarding in it's own respect. Early mornings or late afternoon during the week are lower volume w/quite a bit of traffic on nice weekends. Gates open at 6:30 daily and closes .5 hour after dusk. No camping, dogs on leash & 4' standing red water faucets in the picnic area on the west side. The water fountains at the covered bridge are not functional & the visitor center is still yet to be finished.