Pike County High Point Trip Report

Hog Pen Mtn on Langley quadrangle (1,780+ ft)

Date: December 24, 2001
Author: Hans Haustein

To reach the Pike County highpoint go north from Langley AR on Highway 369 at the junction of Highway 84 and Highway 369. The Forest Road that goes east toward the highpoint is 2.1 miles north of Langley and just south of the Ouachita National Forest Sign, and just north of Blocker Creek. Follow National Forest Road 10185 east for 2 miles to a forest road that intersects from the south, the latitude and longitude for this intersection are (34.33635° N, 93.81933° W). Park here. There is currently quite a bit of logging in the area, so be on the look out for fast moving log trucks.

Across from the road to the south is an old road that heads north toward Hog Pen Mountain. The summit is 0.66 mile straight line distance from the road intersection. The old road heads up the southwest side of the mountain and does several switchbacks. The old road fades out near some old mines on the side of the mountain. There are several steep drops into some of these open mines, so be on the lookout. From the mines, it is a steep bushwhack up the mountain to an obvious highpoint area. There are great views to the south and west from some of the open glade areas toward the summit. The summit itself is tree-covered with views during leaf off. The latitude and longitude of the summit are (34.34446° N, 93.81363° W).

I built a rock cairn and left a capped white PVC highpoint register at the summit. I was unable to locate the benchmark HOG when I was there. All of the access described to this highpoint is on National Forest Land.