Over Easter weekend, four friends and I spent two days hiking in north central Arkansas. We had a delightful time and it felt good to just #getoutside!
Thursday morning, two of the girls and I left early in the morning to head straight to Little Rock and hike Pinnacle Mountain. The weather was looking to be a drizzly, sunny mix, so we timed it to start our hike around noon.
Pinnacle Mountain has two main trails that lead up to the summit – the East and the West. The East Summit Trail, pictured above, is the harder of the two. We decided to go up the East Summit Trail, then come down the West Summit Trail, and take the base trail back to where we started. The east trail is rated as “moderate” on the state park website, which must be something of a joke. If you follow me on Twitter, I posted this saying that I normally stage these type photos to scare my mom, but this one is legit. If you look on the right side of the photo, you can see the trail markers. We went straight up! It took us about three hours to hike a total of four-ish miles.
It rained on and off, so we just watched out for slick rocks and made our way on up. Thankfully, that was all the rain we saw that weekend!
After that hike, we made our way to a VRBO we rented in Perryville. It was halfway between Little Rock and Petitjean, our day two destination, so it was great!
It had everything we needed – especially the most perfect hammock trees! We opted for dinner out at the one restaurant in town for the first night, since the other two girls didn’t arrive until nearly seven pm. You know it’s a small town when you go into a restaurant and the waitress’ first question is, “Y’all aren’t from here are you?” And the food was amazing!
The next morning, we got a slow and lazy start before heading to Petit Jean State Park to do some hiking there. The day started off with everyone giving their “survival rating,” like from Naked and Afraid. All of us got an increase to our survival rating at the end of the day, simply for getting through it. We started on the Cedar Falls Trail, then doubled back to where another trial split off. All in all, we did some or all of the Canyon Trail, Seven Hollows Trail, and the Boy Scout Trail.
The scenery and weather were fantastic! The temps were in the 60s, so not too much sweat and not too much cold. We hiked about seven miles total, and then stopped for ice cream and fudge on the way out of the park (well-earned, obviously).
This was right at the end, an area called Bear Cave. None of the formations are true caves, but they give the appearance of them. We wandered through this area for at least thirty minutes. It reminded me of pictures of Utah or places I’ve seen in Arizona.
I’ve heard many people talk about hiking Petit Jean over the years, and I get the hype! I’m so glad we got the chance to spend a relaxing girls weekend up there. I highly recommend! The hardest trail was the East Summit Trail, and you need to be in somewhat decent shape for that. Otherwise, all these trails were full of dogs and kids and adults of all ages.