Ascent of Wolf Pinnacle on 2016-02-01

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Marshall Stewart -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Monday, February 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Wolf Pinnacle
    Elevation:2443 ft / 744 m

Ascent Trip Report

As far as I can determine, Wolf Pinnacle is the 9th highest named highpoint in Arkansas. My son, Marshall, and I started our climb at Foran Gap on Highway 270/71 and followed the Ouachita Trail, except for the first mile where we just followed an old service road that is still in very good condition. We were impressed at the fine shelters along the Ouachita Trail and it reminded me of the shelters along the Appalachian Trail, although during the hot, humid Arkansas summers, I wondered how much use these shelters get with all the ticks. During our short weekend trip to this area, we found two ticks on us in the middle of the winter! It took us 2 hours to reach the summit of Wolf Pinnacle with fine views in all directions. I especially recommend hiking to the bluffs just 50 yards south of the summit for the best views. From here you can get an excellent view of Blue Mountain (the 5th highest named highpoint in Arkansas) to the east and Irons Fork Lake to the south. The lookout tower has been removed, but its support pads are still visible along with the foundation of an old building, but we did find the summit benchmark. We hiked back to the car in 1 hour and 50 minutes for a total roundtrip time of 4 hours and 20 minutes. This was a very enjoyable hike, especially compared to our climb of Blue Mountain yesterday. (See that trip report for details.)
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    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack

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