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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We stopped 3 or 4 times to give Truckee some water and let her rest her paws.
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.
Don’t let that tongue fool you, she was happy as can be!
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.
Truckee loved the view, but didn’t so much love the pointy rocks she had to sit on.
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 🙂
Did you know Arkansas was prettier than just bean fields? Do you enjoy hiking? Do you eat beef jerky? Have you heard of Oberto?