Pinnacle Mountain West Summit Trail is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Little Rock, AR that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
I give this trail three stars because it is the most popular of the 7 trails in the state park. You can catch it when it is not crowded early in the morning or late afternoon or bad weather. If you are there in good weather, the later you wait in the morning, the more dangerous it becomes from the amount of people that are going to crowd on top. The dirt is very compacted, rocks worn and tree bark is worn smooth at the top to the point where it is a slick hike when conditions are wet.
I do not give this trail three stars because it is only so so. I give it as a warning to how popular and crowded it is; so be safe!!!!
In fact, the views on top are amazing. You can see downtown Little Rock and the Arkansas river. Turkey vultures and hawks are always circling (you can catch them sunbathing on the rocks on the east summit trail). You can catch migrating birds stopping over such as the great white pelican. You have a great southern view across the valley to Chenal mountain. Great view of Lake Maumelle. My favorite view is looking west at the slow rolling foothills of the Ouachitas and imagining taking an adventure on the full length of the Ouachita trail.
Amazing stair master with a gorgeous view! Be prepared to use an elliptical for first 3/4 and then be awestruck with beauty!
Surprisingly crowded given the grade.
Easy hike to the top with nice views of the valley and river below.
So close to the city, a true gem of a trail with AMAZING sunsets/sunrises.
The trail is only about 1 1/2 miles rountrip, but the first 3/4 is up hill. It is classified as Difficult/Hard, and it is that. The trail is very rocky and use caution going up and down. The view from the top makes it all worth climbing the up hill trek! Great 360 views. The trail branches off in several areas, and you want to make sure to stay to the left, for the best route to the summit.
Lots and lots of people. Doable summit trail for kids and dogs with benches along the way to pause. great views!
Great view from the top. Challenging and the rocks above marker 6 caught us off guard. Will definitely do it again.
short and steep trail. less than 2 hours round trip. incredible views at the top.
Very rewarding trail. The trail itself is mostly rocky and a steep scramble during the last few hundred feet. Enjoyed the views on a clear day.
One of the best hikes in Arkansas! Loved the views and it is deceptively hard in the last 1/3 of the journey. Fun times.
One of the best views in Arkansas. Great hike. Short and steep but very rewarding. Also there is overflow parking on other side of the road because this park can be very busy.
This was a good easy trail. If you want more challenging go up the east side. We enjoyed this trail with the family
This is a super fun trail, but not an easy one. It gets steep and the scramble section catches a lot of folks off guard. The views at the top are almost as good as it gets for Arkansas.
Drive from Monroe, LA and it was definitely worth it. This was the best hike my dog and I have done in quite a while. It was a steep climb but the workout we got was fantastic! The views were perfect! Will definitely come back many more times to hike!
Had a wonderful time! Will be doing this hike several more times. Beautiful views and peaceful if you can get past all the people around you