Pinnacle Mountain Base Trail Loop

MODERATE 119 reviews

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

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
246 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

river

12 days ago

Fun trail for running with a lot of rock and root hopping. A single loop, as measured by the GPS on my Garmin Fenix 3 is 2.6 miles.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful easy to moderate hike. Actually is more like 3.5 miles. Shady all the way around and opportunity to see some wildlife.

hiking
1 month ago

I really enjoying doing this trail as a alternative to climbing up Pinnacle.

4 months ago

It’s a nice local hike when in time crunch. Can stroll, run or fast walk this trail.

hiking
6 months ago

nice trail but surface is rocky, and if lots of leaves accumulate, the uneven surface can be unpredictable for little hikers. Hiking with 2 kids (6, 8 yr old) and they did the trail without much trouble, but there were a couple falls and minor bruises. Overall a good trail w rolling hills. We saw several trail runners on it. If starting at the West side trailhead (near the playground) and you go counter-clockwise the trail markers count down from 28 to 1.

hiking
10 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail. Great for an evening hike and plenty challenging for an Okie who isn't used to rocks and hills. Will definitely be back.

trail running
11 months ago

Love this trail for running.

hiking
11 months ago

A great relaxing hike after doing the summit trail. The summit trail was crowded but I only ran into a few people on the base loop. The trail is well marked in most places but several times the marks had vanished and I was wondering if I was still on the trail or on a dry stream bed. The nature views are great but skip this one if you're seeking isolation. It's too close to highways in some parts and you can hear the traffic flying by. All in all, a nice hike over somewhat rocky terrain that I'll absolutely do again.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Fairly flat. Goes all the way around the base of Pinnacle Mountain. Good hike to get away from the crowds on the summit trails. Good wildflower viewing in spring. Suburban location ensures civilization (roads, buildings, power lines, etc.) is in sight everywhere.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great hike if you can go when it's not busy. My German Sheppard seemed to enjoy it too.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

steep at times, but able to keep a brisk pace. do plan on going back

hiking
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nice little hike done it after the summit wasn't crowded at all clean trail

hiking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Nice and easy. Little confusing. Thought it was one of the summit trails but easy for th kids.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Good opportunity to get in the woods, but you will see quite a few people along the way. This is ok if you do not mind sharing the trail

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Warm up hike for the east summit trail. Beautiful, I was out at dawn.

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

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.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

awesome, love it

hiking
Friday, June 24, 2016

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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

Monday, March 28, 2016

Great when combined the the two summit trails.

hiking
Saturday, March 19, 2016

nice trail with some nice views-very popular trail

cross country skiing
Monday, January 18, 2016

Good hike well marked trail

hiking
Friday, January 08, 2016

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

trail running
Friday, January 08, 2016

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

Sunday, September 27, 2015

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!

hiking
Saturday, July 11, 2015

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.

hiking
Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

There is an easy side, and a hard side. My friends and I took on the hard side on a cold January morning for my birthday. It was a foggy morning, and made for a beautiful sunrise.
We were freezing, however, we loved the view and would definitely do it again.

hiking
Sunday, December 28, 2014

Easy hike and at the right time of day you can catch some fantastic pictures.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Don't know what we were thinking, went up the hard way only to realize getting back down that way would be too difficult. Went down the 'easy' side to have to do half of the base trail to get back to the car. Great views, but I wish I had been more realistic as to what my skill level is.

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