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Hiking Pinnacle Mountain – A Little Rock Favorite

Hi friends!

How was your weekend? Did you race this weekend?

We had a pretty busy weekend, and an active one at that. Which, you know, I love! Between Pizza Night on Friday, hiking Saturday morning, a Grilled Cheese party Saturday night, and a baby shower on Sunday, I am wiped!

Saturday morning we woke up and headed to one of our favorite places to get our exercise on:

Pinnacle Mountain

We have lots of memories at Pinnacle, since we used to drive down here on the weekends while we were in college about an hour north of here. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve climbed Pinnacle, but each time is a fantastic workout, and a great way to torch some calories! I am loving more and more that Little Rock has tons and tons of outdoor activities to enjoy on the weekends. Being able to enjoy a good hike just 20 minutes away is so wonderful.

If you live anywhere near REAL mountains, then you’ll know this isn’t a real mountain by any means. But, us Arkansans have to make do with what the good Lord gave us! At least, those of us in Central Arkansas. The Ozarks up in NWA are another story!

I wore my new North Face Ultra Kilowatt’s, and officially broke them in. They were super comfortable, lightweight, and provided tons of grip on the rocks! I usually just wear my running shoes or my Chacos if it’s warm out, but I’m so glad I wore these cross trainers because now I know how big of a difference they make.

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We made sure to put Truckee’s harness on her so she would be less likely to pull on the leash. On the weekends, the trail can be pretty busy with other dogs, kids, and families.

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There are multiple trails around the mountain, and two distinct trails UP the mountain. We took the West Summit trail, which is much easier than the East. The West is more marked, easier steps, and generally more enjoyable, while the East trail is literally straight up boulders. I would probably not take children or dogs up the East side, but that’s just me!

This was Truckee’s first time all the way up the mountain. I brought her half way up when she was a puppy, but she was too small to jump up some of the larger boulders. Not to mention, I think it made her nervous. This go-around though, she was all for it. She is a big girl now and was so proud of her herself for climbing all the way to summit.

The trail itself is about 1.5 miles round trip, and takes about 2 hours or so to complete. Faster if you’re dog-less, child-less, and more in shape. Seriously, it’s more of a workout than you think!

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There are beautiful views all the way up, and will surprise you at how beautiful Arkansas really is. Each time I hike Pinnacle I am reminded of how much I love my new state, and how much I wish I could bring all my friends and family along this hike with us.

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If you need a good pair of light-weight hikers that can double as trail running shoes, The North Face Ultra Kilowatt’s are fantastic! I never slipped, or felt like my feet were heavy or hot.

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We stopped 3 or 4 times to give Truckee some water and let her rest her paws.

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When we made it to the top, a sweet family offered to take a picture of the 3 of us. Of course I couldn’t resist.

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Don’t let that tongue fool you, she was happy as can be!

oberto beef jerky

We snacked on a small bag of Oberto Original Beef Jerky, and Truckee rehydrated. We’ve been loving fueling with Oberto lately because it’s so high in protein, and sticks with us! I always thought Beef Jerky was a man’s snack, but girls it really does taste great and I’ve taken it to work with me a few times even! As soon as we open a bag at home Truckee comes running. We *might* let her have a bite every now and then, too.

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Truckee loved the view, but didn’t so much love the pointy rocks she had to sit on.

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On our way back down, Adam said he was impressed at how calm Truckee was. She would take her time, and try to guide him to the easiest rocks. I think she’s a natural.

It’s safe to say we might be making Pinnacle hikes a regular part of our summer lineup. I’m a firm believer in families who exercise together, are the happiest ๐Ÿ™‚

Did you know Arkansas was prettier than just bean fields? Do you enjoy hiking? Do you eat beef jerky? Have you heard of Oberto?

14 Comments

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    Amy
    April 6, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Looks like a great hike! My husband and I enjoy hiking from time to time. We’ve actually been talking about doing it more recently. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    April 7, 2014 at 6:46 am

    Oh my gosh how fun! I probably would have died haha I’ve only gone real hiking once and it was super intense–I had underestimated what a workout hiking can be!
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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    April 7, 2014 at 7:02 am

    What gorgeous views! It still looks like fall (which is my favorite season).
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    Ashley
    April 7, 2014 at 9:29 am

    That hike looks like so much fun! I cant wait to explore stuff like that in our area this summer! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Meghan @ fitnesscrEATures
    April 7, 2014 at 9:32 am

    WHAT an awesome hike indeed! And while I’m sure those shoes were amazingly functional, they’re also super cute too! WIN! Your pup is precious!! I feel like my dog would have been like, Mom, no way I’m going up these rocks. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m jealous of that hike, we don’t have anything like that here in ATL unless I’m missing something…
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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    April 7, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Oh my goodness, how adorable is your little family! And miss Truckee… She’s a 10! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love hiking with Tim and Tebow and can’t wait to plan some outings as the weather warms up in the midwest!
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    Leslee @ Her Happy Balance
    April 7, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Love the tongue pictures of Truckee, she earned her water breaks! ๐Ÿ™‚ And isn’t jerky the best? I love it. If you haven’t, you need to try venison and salmon jerky, both very good and different from the usual beef or turkey.
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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    April 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Aww Truckee’s faces are adorable. Those views are gorgeous and it sounds like a great time! We have zero mountains in Williamsburg, so not much hiking going on around here!
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    Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    April 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

    This post made me smile. There’s a Pinnacle Trail hike outside my hometown, and it’s been one of my favorites since discovering it in high school. It’s where my husband proposed, so reading this brought back all of those memories ๐Ÿ™‚ We love hiking; I can’t wait to get out on the trails as the weather keeps warming up!
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    Courtney @RunningforCupcakes
    April 7, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Wow those pictures are gorgeous and Miss Truckee is as adorable as ever! I love hiking but unfortunately there is nowhere to go around where I live. I have to settle for walks and runs on the beach ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    April 7, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    That sounds like so much fun! And I totally agree about exercising together ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine
    April 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    My sister in law lives in Arkansas and I think it’s beautiful! I would love to go hiking there sometime.
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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    April 8, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE hiking as exercise and Kyle and I try to take advantage of the canyons we have back in our hometown from time to time. Those trails look gorgeous and I can definitely see how they would give you a great, sweaty workout!

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    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness
    April 8, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    What a fun weekend! You guys make a such cute family! Truckee is adorable and looks like he was having a great time! Aren’t labs the greatest? I have a yellow lab that loves the outdoors as well. As many cities I have been too, I have never been to Arkansas. Looks beautiful!
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