Hideout Hollow Trail + Waterfall (Buffalo River) – 2 mi (o&b)

Hideout Hollow is an interesting little trail in the Buffalo River Upper District. It features some beautiful views,  and ends in a great bluff and waterfall area. While this isn’t one of the more popular Buffalo River trails, there’s definitely a lot to see and enjoy on this short trail.

Hideout Hollow Trail + Waterfall (Buffalo River) - 2 mi (o&b) photo
Hideout Hollow Waterfall
Getting to Hideout Hollow Trail

The trail starts at the Shermerhorn Trailhead in the Compton area. To get there, go to the community of Compton, about 5 miles north of Ponca on Highway 43. Turn onto the dirt road at the Compton Trailhead sign. (This road is County Road 19. If you have a four-wheel drive, it will eventually lead to Erbie. You won’t need a four-wheel drive to get to this trailhead though.)

You will come to a sign directing you to the right for the Compton Trailhead. Keep going straight.

At about 3.5 miles from the highway (the road will narrow, so it will seem longer), you will see a “Shermerhorn trailhead” sign on your left. Park in the parking area.

The trail begins behind the sign.

Hideout Hollow Trail + Waterfall (Buffalo River) - 2 mi (o&b) photo
Overlook from the bluffs on the trail to Hideout Hollow
The Hideout Hollow Trail

The first part of the trail isn’t terribly scenic. It heads downhill a bit (the trail is pretty rocky here), and it crosses a couple of small, mostly dry, streams.

It heads back uphill and then through a group of pine trees.

At about 3/4 of a mile, the trail begins to get really interesting. Continue reading Hideout Hollow Trail + Waterfall (Buffalo River) – 2 mi (o&b)

Buzzard Roost Trail (Ozark Forest)

Buzzard Roost Trail (Ozark Forest) photo
Buzzard Roost

I don’t really know how to describe Buzzard Roost — other than, it’s just a cool place to explore. ย It’s got a lot of great rock formations, great views, caves, and even two natural bridges that can all be explored.

We hadn’t heard a lot about the Buzzard Roost Special Interest Area, but we had seen mention of it. So we decided to head out and take a look for ourselves.

The trail is unmarked, but with some good directions, you should have no problem finding it.

Buzzard Roost Trail (Ozark Forest) photo
Rounded rocks at Buzzard Roost
Directions to Buzzard Roost Trail

To get to the trailhead, take Highway 7 to the small community of Pelsor (about halfway between Jasper and Dover) and turn west onto highway 123. Continue reading Buzzard Roost Trail (Ozark Forest)

Rush Mountain Trail: Landing-Monte Cristo (Buffalo River)

This hike is the Rush Mountain Trail from Rush Landing to the Monte Cristo area. It is a short hike, but it is probably one my favorites.

Rush Mountain Trail: Landing-Monte Cristo (Buffalo River) photo
The trail is scenic and easy to follow.

At the end of the post, I will also talk about the unmaintained trail from the Monte Cristo area back to the Morning Star area.

Rush Landing to Monte Cristo

Start off at the Rush Landing parking area, near the shelter with the picnic tables and toilet. This section of the trail starts off into the woods back behind the parking area. There is a small ruin here at the start. It is the remnants of the White Eagle Mine.

Head off into the woods. After a short stretch, there is an intersection.  To the left is the section of the Rush Mountain Trail that connects to the morning star area. Stay right.

Rush Mountain Trail: Landing-Monte Cristo (Buffalo River) photo
This part of the trail is on an old road — and is a great part of the trail.

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Pinnacle Mountain Summit Trail Photos October 2013

Pinnacle Mountain Summit Trail Photos October 2013 photo
Climbing up the East Summit Trail. (Follow the red and white circle blazes.)

Back on October 17, I had the opportunity to take a visit to Pinnacle Mountain, near Little Rock.ย It was a beautiful fall day and a great hike.

Pinnacle Mountain Summit Trail Photos October 2013 photo
East-facing view from the summit. Arkansas River in the distance.

There are two ways to get to the top of the mountain: the East Summit Trail or the West Summit Trail. There also is a trail (the Base Trail) that loops the entire base of the mountain. So if you want to make a loop of it, you can go up one side, then down the other, and then loop back to the start via either the north or the south half of the Base Trail.

If you make this loop hike, I suggest doing the East Summit Trail (the more difficult one) first.

The West Summit Trail is steep and challenging, but the East Summit Trail is even more so. Tim Ernst has written that it is the steepest trail in Arkansas. (Check out the approximate elevation profile from my 2010 hike post.) While the top half of the West Summit Trail is like walking a very steep staircase with crooked stairs, the top half of the East Summit Trail is pretty much just scaling boulders. Continue reading Pinnacle Mountain Summit Trail Photos October 2013