Pinnacle Mountain Run Tour

A scenic, rocky trail run circling the base of Pinnacle Mountain.

Trail Running Moderate

Distance
5.4 km
Ascent
83 m
Descent
83 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
76 m
High Point
118 m
Gradient
Pinnacle Mountain Run Tour Map

This trail run around Pinnacle Mountain State Park pairs two of its classic loops, the Base Trail and Kingfisher Trail. While summiting Pinnacle via the western approach may be popular among hikers, trail runners will likely enjoy this more runnable route through the park that doesn't involve scrambling or a massive climb. The Kingfisher Loop on the south side of the parking area offers a nice warm-up on soft blacktop, then the Base Trail makes its way around the mountain to complete a loop that's right at 5k.

Description

For anyone in search of a steeper climb, you can split the Base Trail and climb up the East or West Summit Trails, then descend the other. The western is more approachable and slightly easier to hike, while the eastern approach requires a bit of scrambling. If techy terrain if your jam, consider adding that into your loop. By itself, the base loop climbs a moderate ~280' and offers a more relaxing tour of the Pinnacle Mountain SP through moderately-rocky terrain, lush forests, and maybe even some wildlife as you circumnavigate the second highest peak in the county.

The primary trailhead for this run begins at the west summit parking area, though you could also begin at the eastern trailhead. From the west, full-service restrooms are available, and drinking water stations were placed for people, as well as their 4-legged friends. Runners can also enjoy the loop with their dogs, as long as they are well-behaved and leashed at all times.

For some added miles, consider following the Ouachita Trail north around Lake Maumelle for an out-and-back mileage of your choosing. Just be sure to save enough energy for the return trip since the trail leads all the west as far as Oklahoma.

Source

Difficulty

Moderate

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

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