Pulaski County High Point Trip Report

Shinall Mtn on Pinnacle Mountain quadrangle

Date: February 14, 2002
Author: Hans Haustein

Shinall Mountain has a new access to the summit. The old route is no longer available.

To reach Shinall Mountain from I-430 in west Little Rock, take the Highway 10 west exit. From the west side of I-430, it is 5.9 miles west to Chenal Parkway on Highway 10. Turn south (left) onto Chenal Parkway, and continue 2.1 miles just past a crest of a ridge and turn west (right) onto a new road, yet unnamed. This new road looks like it will accessing a new, pricey residential area. Going west 0.4 mile on the new road to a road that intersects from the north, this is where old route intersects the new route. Turn north (right) onto Gordon Road (unsigned) and travel 0.8 mile, passing Bear Den Mountain on the east (right) to where the road comes to a 'T' at a ridge crest directly under some high voltage power lines. (Note on Bear Den Mountain: It is popular with area rock climbers and affords some great views from its open rocky top.) At the 'T' turn west (left) and continue uphill. From the 'T' it is 0.7 mile to the summit of Shinall Mountain.

There is a small turnout to a littered (household dumping) area between to large towers. I have built a rock cairn just north of the actual highpoint area and placed a highpoint register there. There are no views from the actual highpoint, but continuing west on the road past the towers it ends with some great views to the west.

If you have time in the area be sure to visit Pinnacle Mountain State Park and climb to the summit of Pinnacle Mountain for some great views of Lake Maumelle, the Arkansas River, Shinall Mountain, and Downtown Little Rock.