Pinnacle Mountain East Summit Trail

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Pinnacle Mountain State Park

Pinnacle Mountain East Summit Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Little Rock, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.4 miElevation gain698 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScramble
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Thomas Bewick
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Ben Bewick
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Chris Fletcher
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Christian Woodward
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I went up the west and down the east and followed the base trail back to the west trailhead where I started. This is a tough hike. Not so much for the elevation or terrain as much as the ton of people on the trail you have to avoid. Got a lot of “off route” messages because I was tired of waiting and would have camped out here otherwise. They really should somewhat limit the traffic on this trail as it can be dangerous. I would NOT do this hike when it is wet whatsoever, just a warning. Beautiful views at the summit though, worth the effort. Just wish I’d have done it on a much less-crowded day.

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Richard Knutson II
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Walking

Great hike. Millions of rocks to scramble. Definitely best to start on the East summit and head down the West, then loop around the base back to your start.

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ariel collins
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HikingGreat!

If you want a killer workout for your legs DO IT.

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Kalyn McCoy
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Chris Fletcher
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David Platt
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HikingRockyScramble

Fun little scramble. Hands were useful for balance but not necessary to pull yourself up. The best views are on the sister peak a short walk across the saddle from the peak you ascend.

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Zachary Nixon
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RunningGreat!

Great little mountain and fun ascent! Just to clarify based on the reviews below, there is NO actual rock climbing involved in this route. Scrambling, yes, but absolutely not rock climbing. You will use your hands in places, but at no point will you be rock climbing where 3 points of contact are necessary. Easy scramble.

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Tina Coney
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Awesome

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Sassy Girl
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Hiking

Definitely would hike this trail again.

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vince Mazzone
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Brice Gibbs
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HikingGreat!Rocky

I hiked the Pinnacle Mountain East Summitt Trail today. It's definitely more difficult than the west side of the mountain. The bottom half of the trail is a steady ascent , but the top half of the trail is steep rock climbing. It's the most difficult 1.5 mile hike that I have traveled so far. I am very pleased to have come here.

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Angelia Heihn
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HikingGreat!

This trail is definitely not for the faint of heart or those who are scared of heights!! It’s approximately 990 ft in elevation with 725 feet of elevation gain. The trail is well marked and it involves rock climbing. To the parks department, please fix the missing plague at the peak. But we loved the view, Made the hike worth it.

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Jami Ramsey
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HikingRockyScramble

Trail was moderate until you got to the last stretch up to the top of the mountain then it was a pretty decent climb up some boulders. Gorgeous views from the top and definitely worth it! I wouldn’t recommend brining your pets unless they are conditioned to strenuous hikes

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Julia Howell
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Hiking

Super fun! It was almost like rock climbing!

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Cullen Bowden
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Kurt Herron
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Hiking

Great hike with some decent scrambling towards the top. Got there at the east parking lot on a Saturday at 9:00 with five parking spots left.

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Stephani Long
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Hiking

Very slippery with the fallen leaves but a good workout with beautiful views!

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David Sevier
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Bill Rogers
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Jonathan Graves
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Chris Fletcher
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Rajeshwori Tamang
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Kelsea Keys
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This trail says that it’s dog friendly, but I WOULD NOT recommend taking your fury pal out to this trail. It is strenuous and there is hand over foot climbing involved. Unless your dog is just an expert hiker then I would recommend opting to go to the West Summit Trail. It’s still pretty challenging but also doable for your dog

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