Being outside of Little Rock only 30 miles, Flatside Wilderness is one of my primary stomping grounds.
I can be there within 45 minutes, or less on a good traffic day, and be shooting at the top. So it is a prime location for catching a sunrise/sunset at the last minute.
I absolutely love the character of the hills there as well. They embody all that is the Arkansan Ouachitas.
This is a photograph captured while standing at the summit of Flatside Pinnacle, a relatively easy hike that really not many people know about. I’m always amazed at how many people don’t actually know about this particular spot, considering it’s proximity to Little Rock. You ask someone if they’ve heard of Flatside Pinnacle, and of course, the first thing they say is “Yeah, I’ve hiked the front and back side of that mountain many times!” They’re referring to Pinnacle Mountain. /facepalm
All I have to say in response to that is, if you’re enjoying climbing pinnacle, why not venture out just a few miles further and enjoy the solitude as well!
Check out Flatside Pinnacle, it’s an amazing location for catching a great sunrise, or if you’re not a morning person, a sunset. The great thing? It’s not far from home!