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Pinnacle Mountain LbNA #6638

Owner:Baby Bear Contact Supporter
Plant date:Dec 31, 1969
Found by: Team Steam
Last found: Feb 13, 2009
Hike distance:Unknown
Last edited:Mar 17, 2023
Not my box, but did find this last weekend, and is alive and well on 09/11/2004.

Pinnacle Mountain
This box is Unclaimed.
Placement date: Aug 11 2002
State: Arkansas
County: Arkansas
Nearest city: Roland
Number of boxes: 1

Pulaski County

Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Roland,
Arkansas 72135 (501-868-5806 or has eight
hiking trails, a picnic area, an arboretum, a launch ramp, and a
beautiful view from the top of Pinnacle Mountain of the Arkansas and
Maumelle Rivers. To reach Pinnacle Mountain State Park, take Exit 9
off I-430 at Little Rock and travel seven miles west on Arkansas
Route 10, then go two miles north on Arkansas Route 300. This story
uses the East (Red & White Blazes) and West (Yellow Blazes) Summit
Trails, which are each 1½ miles long. Both start at an elevation of
400 feet, and climb to 1,011 feet, so the hikes are a little
strenuous. The West trail is easier, since it has more of a path, but
both trails conclude with a scramble over a talus field. The hike to
the top is popular, so please use discretion when retrieving the
letterbox. The Visitor Center has hiking information.

* * * * *

Long before the squaws started passing down stories from mother to
daughter, two bands of people who were later to become the Ouachita
and Caddos tribes inhabited the area now known as Little Rock,
Arkansas. High above the fields and river, Pinnacle
Mountain looked down on them. Pinnacle was the highest mountain for
miles and miles around.

Both tribes claimed Pinnacle Mountain as their own and worshipped it
as the source of their good fortune. Unfortunately, they could not
find it in their hearts to share the mountain's good luck with each
other. So they needlessly fought many wars and lost many warriors
over possession of the mountain.

Finally, when there were few warriors left, the two chiefs had a pow-
wow and agreed to call upon each of their gods to settle the dispute.
Both tribes held dances and gave offerings to their god. The gods
were skeptical, and asked the tribes if they were sure this method of
settling their dispute was what they wanted. Both tribes said it was,
and a date was set for the great battle.

On the appointed day, the two gods met at the top of Pinnacle
Mountain. They fought a great battle and as they fought the top of
Pinnacle Mountain began to crumble. The once mighty mountain was
being reduced to a rubble pile as more and more rocks began to slide
down the side of the mountain.

When they saw this destruction, the two tribes beseeched their gods
to stop. The gods again asked the tribes if they were sure. The
chiefs admitted the error of their ways, and promised the gods never
to fight again. The elders of the two tribes held another pow-wow and
agreed to bury a peace offering at the top of Pinnacle Mountain as a
reminder to never fight again. A day was appointed to bury their
offering, which today we recognize on our calendar as August 11th.

On that day, the elders of both tribes climbed the mountain from
different sides. The East side was a rubble field of stones and the
Ouachitas had to climb it like goats. It was strenuous, but
rewarding, as the men struggled to find footholds among the boulders.
The West side still had the path that the Caddos had used to reach
the summit for most of the journey, but near the top, they too had to
scramble over rocks.

When they reached the top, the chiefs of both tribes walked to the
North end of the ridge, where they could view the confluence of the
Maumelle and Arkansas rivers. There they had a wonderful mid-day
feast and enjoyed the view and camaraderie. They then returned to
where the two paths met and buried a peace offering to last for all

To find the buried treasure, set a compass bearing of 140 degrees
from marker number 10, which is next to the notice board at the top
of the mountain. You'll be walking down-slope of, and parallel to,
the East trail, which will be on your right. When you start out you
should be to the left of a stand of nine oak trees growing from a
single stump and your target is another stand of oak trees
approximately 40 paces in front of you on the compass bearing. When
you get there, you'll just be inside a small rockslide and directly
in front of four oak trees (with a fifth that has been broken off)
growing together. At the base of this tree is a large lichen-covered
rock. Three rocks have been pushed up against it to protect the