Pinnacle Mountain Base Loop

#1 of 7 trails in Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Pinnacle Mountain Base Loop is a 3.5 mile loop trail located near Little Rock, Arkansas and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

3.5 miles Loop 514 feet
Dog Friendly
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Austin Hurst

11 Completed12 Reviews

Hallie Dennis

10 Completed5 Reviews

Larry Loveday

11 Completed11 Reviews

Dana Smith

24 Completed24 Reviews

I took the base trail around then crossed the street and up to the visitor center. It adds a few extra miles. The visitor center has maps for additional trails if you want to start early and hike half a day. Pretty easy although uphill climbing is inevitable. A great hike!

Drew Jones

29 Completed11 Reviews

While this side is deemed the easy side the hike up is steep and long. The majority of the trail is basically walking up stairs. That being said anyone can make it up this side while maintaining their own pace. Again though the view is totally worth it.

Nicky S.

Start from the west side/main entrance at the covered bridge. 190 odd steps later you have the option of base trail left 2.0 mi right 1.5 mi or west summit up .75 mi to 1100' This trail consists of large rocks arranged in a stairway style. Base trail is marked 1-29 CW. Left side has quite a few rocks and is more interesting/challenging than the undulating half mile shorter right.
The east summit has it's own parking lot if you wish. It is also .75 mi to summit. It merely has more and longer vertical than the west and larger rocks. I prefer to go up the west down the east and then choose betwixt the longer north or shorter south back. There are several options depending on skill level and time. If in fairly decent shape you can go CCW at base to east side and up knocking out the harder side first. From there determine if you need to go down the easier west side or go back the east side then choose 1.5 or 2 mi base back to the west trail head. From there you can walk back to the auto and grab more water or use the bathroom facilities if needed. Or, if you're good to go walk up the easier west side. I use Pinnacle as a stage for longer hikes at times, but it is most rewarding in it's own respect. Early mornings or late afternoon during the week are lower volume w/quite a bit of traffic on nice weekends. Gates open at 6:30 daily and closes .5 hour after dusk. No camping, dogs on leash & 4' standing red water faucets in the picnic area on the west side. The water fountains at the covered bridge are not functional & the visitor center is still yet to be finished.

Lois Miller

6 Completed3 Reviews

There is an easy side, and a hard side. My friends and I took on the hard side on a cold January morning for my birthday. It was a foggy morning, and made for a beautiful sunrise.
We were freezing, however, we loved the view and would definitely do it again.

Nicholas Ring

16 Completed16 Reviews

Easy hike and at the right time of day you can catch some fantastic pictures.

Brittany Pringle

2 Completed1 Reviews

Don't know what we were thinking, went up the hard way only to realize getting back down that way would be too difficult. Went down the 'easy' side to have to do half of the base trail to get back to the car. Great views, but I wish I had been more realistic as to what my skill level is.

Rob Walker

4 Completed4 Reviews

Not a bad trail. Short but a bit of a challenge if you stray from the trail.