About a month ago during the holidays, my brother and I did a hike up the West Summit Trail at Pinnacle Mountain State Park (Pulaski County, near Little Rock). This is an awesome trail.
There are two trails that will get you to the top of Pinnacle Mountain: the East Summit Trail and the West Summit Trail. The West Summit Trail is the most travelled, but the East Summit Trail is pretty popular too.
The net elevation change either way is about 650 feet.
The upper halves of both trails are quite steep, but the East Summit Trail is much more so. The upper part of the West Summit Trail is like a very steep crooked rock staircase. On the East Summit Trail, the trail is just scaling boulders. (Check out some pictures, maps, and elevation profile in this Summit Trail Loop post.)
Although it wasn’t very sunny, it was great hiking weather (in the 40’s) when we did our December 28 hike.
Instead of making the full loop, we just did an out-and-back hike on the West Summit Trail. (A full loop can be made by doing both summit trails and then connecting them with either the north half or the south half of the Base Trail.)
These are some photos I took on our hike. (Check out this post for some more Pinnacle Mountain summit pics.)
Click here or below for full-screen photo gallery.
Lake Maumelle seen via the Pinnacle Mountain summit.
The rocks with yellow blazes are the trail.
East-facing view (panoramic) from the Pinnacle Mountain summit.
Southwest-facing view, climbing down the West Summit Trail.
Southwest facing view from the upper parts of the West Summit Trail.
The lower elevation part of the West Summit Trail is pretty wooded and quite a bit less steep.
Looking down at the West Summit Trail. Yellow blazes.
West-facing view (panoramic) from the summit.
Some hikers working their way down the crooked steps of the West Summit Trail.
West-facing view (panoramic) from the summit. The Maumelle Pinnacles in the distance.
On the upper part of the West Summer Trail, there are great views, and the trail itself is pretty cool too.
About halfway up the West Summit Trail. Yellow blazes.
Climbing up the West Summit Trail, Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Follow the yellow blazes.
Northeast-facing view from the summit. Arkansas River in the distance.