Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail – 3 mi

Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
Base Trail, north side

One of the cool hiking trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park is the Base Trail, a 2.7-mile loop around the base of Pinnacle Mountain.

Hikers often use either the north or south part of the Base Trail to make a summit loop — e.g., hiking up the East Summit Trail, down the West Summit Trail, then turning right to complete the loop on the north part of the Base Trail.

But just hiking the Base Trail a pretty cool hike.

Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
Panoramic shot of the Base Trail, on the north side, Pinnacle Mountain State Park

You can start the trail at either the East Summit trailhead or the West Summit trailhead. Both trailheads have parking and are easy to find by following the signs in the park.

When I did my hike in October, I started at the East Summit trailhead and turned right making the loop counterclockwise.

It’s not a difficult walk, but it’s not a boring one either. The entire trail is forested and quite scenic. It zigs and zags quite a bit and much of it is rocky.

Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
Some fall color on the Base Trail

There is a bit of incline on the trail, but not much. The net elevation on the trail is only about 130 feet.

The trail is easy to follow, in great condition, and well-blazed (green).

Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
With its proximity to Pinnacle Mountain, no surprise that the Base Trail has lots of cool rocks.

A small part of the trail overlaps with the Ouachita Trail, a 223-mile trail that runs from Oklahoma to Pinnacle Mountain State Park, mostly running through the Ouachita National Forest.

There is a playground and restroom area near the West Summit trailhead.

Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
Base Trail, Pinnacle Mountain State Park

These photos are all from my October 26 hike. As you can see, there was a little bit of fall color.

I had good AT&T cell coverage the entire hike.

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Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
Base Trail, Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
Cool rocky area just a little bit past (south of) the West Summit trailhead
Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
View of Little Maumelle River at the southwest part of the Base Trail
Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
On the south side of the Base Trail, Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
Base Trail, Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
Base Trail, Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
Base Trail on the east part of the trail, Pinnacle Mountain State Park
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Pinnacle Mountain Base Trail Map

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Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
Pinnacle Mountain State Park: Base Trail Contour Map (Click to enlarge)
Pinnacle Mountain: Base Trail - 3 mi photo
Approximate elevation profile based on gps data.

Pinnacle Mountain - Base Trail

LocationPinnacle Mountain State Park, Pulaski County near Little Rock, Arkansas
Hike Length/Type2.7 mile loop
DifficultyMildly challenging (2 of 5)
Gpx file (by Mike)Link
Official Info501.868.5806;
Website.;
Pinnacle Mountain State Park Trail Map.
Date HikedOctober 26, 2014
Directions (via Google Maps)Directions to east summit trailhead

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