Base Trail

A moderate hike circumnavigating the base of Pinnacle Mountain.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
4.4 km
Ascent
88 m
Descent
88 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
77 m
High Point
118 m
Gradient
Base Trail Map

If summiting Pinnacle via the western approach seems too daunting, or if you're just looking for a change in scenery, then the Base Trail is just for you. Less than 3 miles in length, the loop climbs a moderate ~280' and offers a more relaxing tour of the Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Expect moderately-rocky terrain, lush forests, and maybe even some wildlife as you circumnavigate the second highest peak in the county.

Description

The trailhead for this hike begins at the west summit parking area, though you could also begin at the eastern trailhead. A newer portion of the Ouachita Trail also shares the loop for a stretch, making the eastern trailhead semi-popular with those planning a longer thru-hike. From the west, full-service restrooms are available, and drinking water stations are available for people, as well as their 4-legged friends. In fact, the loop is also open to dogs, as long as they are well-behaved and leashed at all times.

Those enjoying the loop trail may also enjoy the brief, but scenic, Kingfisher Trail that begins across from the parking area. Interpretative kiosks line the trail and highlight the local flora and fauna found throughout the park.

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Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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