Ascent of Ouachita Pinnacle on 2012-02-27

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Monday, February 27, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Ouachita Pinnacle
    Elevation:1961 ft / 597 m

Ascent Trip Report

We came here armed with Hans Haustein's TR of 2001 and Bob Packard's TR of 2003, expecting a difficult time ..... except for some rough sections of road, it turned out to be an easy drive-up. What follows are the driving directions for COHPs OUACHITA PINNACLE AND DECKARD MOUNTAIN, which can/should be both done in one outing, all as per this one only TR

From the Hot Springs National Park Visitor Center at Bathouse Row, Historic District of Hot Springs, we drove north on Hwy 7 (the Scenic Civil War Trail) 24 miles to the Garland/Perry Co Line (5.78 miles north of Jessieville High School), where we continued .87 miles north to a road crossing at the crest-of-the-road ...... right is Winona Scenic Drive FR#132 (access road for SMITH PINNACLE, Saline COHP) and left is FR#11 signed "Deckard Mountain, Walk-in Turkey Hunting Area".

We turned left (west) and zeroed our odo.
(00.00 M) Juction Hwy #7/FR#11 at .87 miles north on the Co Line, we drove westbound.
(01.18 M) Stayed right at the junction (left is #122).
(02.17 M) Passed a lesser road #771 on the right, this corner was my TH FOR DECKARD MOUNTAIN (see its TR).
(04.16 M) Passed #772 on the right.
(04.35 M) At the T-Junction stayed right on #11.
(06.46 M) Stayed left at the fork on #154.
(06.84 M) Turned right at the T-Junction on #779.
(07.39 M) Turned left on #J60 which becomes a much rougher/steeper road ..... really tough on our 2003 Dodge Caravan.
(09.32 M) Stayed right at the T-Junction at top of the ridge (no signs).
(11.93 M) Arrived at OUACHITA PINNACLE summit (Garland CoHP).

OUACHITA PINNACLE (GARLAND COHP) ... a long slow drive-up of 11.93 miles.
The open summit (about 100 yards long) is topped with 3 Communication Towers and sheds, and is surrounded by an old stone wall. The high ground is in the area of the Center Tower and it appears to be inside its tall fence, however with all the construction including the old Fire Tower Foundations its doubtful if its natural .... natural ground is to the east side.
The BM (worn and marred) is located 5 yards west of the Center Tower in a lower elevation, "US Coast & Geodetic Survey Marker, Ouachita No 2, 1956".
The really good views are at a lookout south of the BM at the stone wall (a lot of beer cans outside the stone wall). To the left of the lookout is a wooden plaque "G Warren Riley, 12.30.48/4.7.12".
On the way out we stopped to take-in Deckard Mountain.

DECKARD MOUNTAIN (PERRY COHP) ... A woods track/bushwack nb from FR#11 ...... 4.3 miles, 2 hour RT.
From my TH was at the corner of FR#11/#771 - per above and clearly shown on the satellite map, the Deckard summit is due north.
FR#771, gated at 250 yards from the TH, is a multi-purpose yellow-blazed woods track (closed to Vehicles), easy to follow.
I left the TH westbound for a short distance where the track bends/winds north, drops to a sag and passes a man-made pond on the right (33 minutes), then another pond on the right (45 Minutes, 1.75 miles from TH) ..... here the track heads west and the summit is at 30 degree compass at about .4 miles. I started my bushwack in open woods with no underbrush to speak-of, higher up however I had some small /thorny underbrush .... a moderately steep easy bushwack.
I arrived at the wooded summit in 65 minutes, no views. I found the BM 5 yards south of the small cairn, somewhat beat-up and hard to read "US Coast & Geodetic Survey Marker, Beckard, 1946".
After a 15 minute break I descended to the TH in 40 minutes.
I must note that this whole area has had a recent forest fire so the bushwacking today was easy, however once the forest has been rejuvenated I would expect the bushwack to be a lot worse and full of thorns. Similar to what I saw in other areas.
We drove back out to hwy #7.

PINNACLE MOUNTAIN-NORTH SLOPE (SALINE COHP) .... no access, roads too slippery.
Once back out to Hwy #7 (see above) the plan was to go to Pinnacle, it wouldn't happen after 3/4 mile eastbound on #132 we had to turn around, much too icy/slippery.


Summary Total Data
    Route:a drive-up
    Trailhead:hwy 7   -9999 ft / -3047 m

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