Pinnacle Mountain West Summit Trail

HARD 158 reviews

Pinnacle Mountain West 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 trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
728 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

forest

views

rocky

3 days ago

Great trail and rocks to scale.

hiking
1 month ago

I had hiked up the East side and descended the West. It was a little easier descending the West but way more people to navigate around. I loved every minute and am glad I went. This was a bucket list hike but not for the out of shape.

1 month ago

Love it. Challenging but you feel accomplished when you reach the point.

hiking
2 months ago

Take lots of water and take it slow:)

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Took my two year old in the pack so thank goodness for the benches along the way

2 months ago

Nice view at the summit

hiking
3 months ago

For a hike that's less than an hour to summit, this is a great option. Fantastic views and a fun variety of terrain; the second half of the hike is filled with large rocks and is quite steep. There are two summits. The Western Summit Trail is definitely less strenuous than the East, but still challenging and steep. Very well maintained and marked. Water fountain available at the trailhead.

3 months ago

Favorite hike in Arkansas. We take our dogs up here about once a month, and whenever we have friends or family visiting we take them as well. Short, but challenging. Well maintained. Can get crowded during peak hours, but the view at the top is always worth it.

4 months ago

Loved this hike. Pretty short trail.
Went up the easy side bc I had my dog. She loved it. Pretty crowded late on a Sunday afternoon but it was a rare 70 degrees in December. Definitely recommend this climb

hiking
4 months ago

Busy, well maintained trail. The metal signposts 0-10 along the trail provide a good amount of encouragement to kids- and decrease the amount of “are we there yet?” & “how much further?” type questions. My 6 year old can get to the top without help, but does need some help on the descent.

hiking
5 months ago

The rocks and boulders are a bit hard to navigate at times, but the view at the top is amazing. Make sure to wear good hiking boots/shoes!

5 months ago

This is FAR easier than the East Summit Trail. I thought the scenery on the way up was nice but pretty average for Arkansas-- what's really stunning and truly worth the trek is the view at the top. Be sure to see both sides of the summit! The river side is gorgeous. One other note, this is the summit trail to take with your dog. It's pretty much just a steep wall of boulders for much of the way on the Eastern side.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved this trail. I hadn't hiked in a while and I was able to manage it with my German shepherd. Near the end it gets very rocky, if you don't have shoes with good tread you will probably slide a lot on the way down (happened to me).

The view was beautiful!

My only complaint is that there were many other hikers, including someone with a dog off a leash that wouldn't leave mine alone, so I would suggest to go early in the morning (I went around 10 and their was already a lot of people).

6 months ago

great views difficult in spots dogs are welcome but small dogs will have to be carried in spots small children will have some trouble at the last quarter of the trail

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely not a beginners trail! I enjoyed the scenery the entire time. After a certain point the trail is nothing but big rocks. I loved it! The challenge was very entertaining!

rock climbing
8 months ago

If you like using your hands, this is the trail for you!

hiking
8 months ago

We did the whole trail. It is very difficult, but even two seniors made it. Just take it slow and be sure you have good hiking shoes. Lovely view!

hiking
8 months ago

Bring a lot of water but the hike is worth the view and a great place to enjoy lunch below the summit.

hiking
9 months ago

Way easier than the East Summit and manageable for children. Has a beautiful view and well worth the trip.

hiking
9 months ago

A lot of rocks

9 months ago

gets a little tricky after 800 feet

hiking
9 months ago

Super hard, but amazingly worth it. Even though we weren't experiences hikers, the home up and down was still very enjoyable and challenging. We went on New Year's Eve and it was perfect. Definitely worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

A tough climb but well worth the effort for the views. I went on a Wednesday in June and it was still busy but most trails are wide enough to accommodate everyone and you can cross over to both summits regardless of which one you start on (east or west summit trails).

hiking
10 months ago

Very popular trail in spite of the difficulty. Grade is persistently steep. Starts with dirt and rock steps near the bottom but becomes a true New England-style boulder scramble near the summit. Views of Little Rock and Lake Maumelle are excellent.

hiking
10 months ago

Does not require a lot of skill, but is tiring

hiking
11 months ago

Seriously. This was my first hike since i was a wee girl of 8. I clearly misunderstood my husband when we talked about it...i thought this was an easy hike.
Yeah it wasn't. Lol.
So i am going to base the review as though i knew it would be hard...

So that was a hard climb. But with the strength of the Lord and an encouraging husband, i made it!!

It was hard for sure.
I wont be climbing any more mountains like that again.

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

nice view

Sunday, March 12, 2017

I thought this was a great trail! We started at the baseline trail and then headed up the West Summit trail, which lead up to the mountain. The difficulty comes from climbing the rocks up to the peak but other than that it's a great hike.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

This relatively quick hike ends with beautiful views of the Arkansas River valley. Our 10- year-old traversed the rocks at the top like it was nothing. Our teen girls, however, chose to wait at the 7 with our dog. It is a favorite with the locals, so expect lots of traffic during the weekends or holidays, but it is a fantastic hike regardless.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Arkansas is gorgeous! The trail is well maintained and very friendly. There is a section with rocks and boulders to "climb" that can be difficult for kids or small dogs. I carried my 8 month old Samoyed in a couple spots. Top overlooks Arkansas River!

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