We were lucky this time. We ascended most of the way up Magazine Mountain, the highest point in the state of Arkansas at 2753', in our motorhome, Pearl, on the way to Mt. Magazine State Park. The summit trail itself is a short one and manageable by most anyone of moderate fitness.
That was a good thing, because Barry's cold was in full swing by the day we did this hike, and he was dragging. This is not the norm for him at all; usually, the tougher and longer a hike, the happier he is. I had not yet caught the cold, so I was feeling much more chipper than him on this day.
The Signal Hill Trail actually starts at 2600' elevation, so we only had 153' to ascend. Easy peasy! If you take the shortest route to the top, you can do the out and back in just a mile. If you make the entire loop, it's still only 1.4 miles.
At the summit is a stone map in the shape of Arkansas, and a sign indicating the highest point. There's actually not a view from the summit.
We signed the register to make it official.
A lot of folks take summitting state peaks more seriously than we do, but it was still fun to add another to our list:
I found a nice map of state high points on the site in one of the stickers on the mailbox: http://www.highpointingtheusa.com/home-masonry/
Thanks, Arkansas, for making this one a piece of cake!
Emily & Barry
We're a long-married, early-retired couple who are currently traveling as nomads with no fixed home base. After years of living in North Carolina (Emily's home state), we spent 18 months living oceanfront on Ambergris Caye, Belize, a year road-tripping the US in a Honda CR-V, a year in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and are now roaming North America in our 32' motorhome, Pearl, following warm weather whenever possible.
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