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Great trail for a quick workout or to get a bit of outdoor hiking if visiting downtown Hot Springs.


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1.3

Miles

2.1

KM

Point to Point

956' 291 m

High

773' 236 m

Low

236' 72 m

Up

201' 61 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail can be accessed several different ways. From any of the attached intersecting trails, the West Mountain Trail gets you access to the top lookout. It's an easy trail with a slight grade but good trail coverings. Small gravel and packed dirt make the trail a favorite for locals that like to do a bit of hiking.

Starting at Whittington Park on the Mountain Top Trail and connecting into West Mountain Trail can provide a nice loop trail experience. There is off street parking on the Whittington Park side and a National Park office with free spring water access on the sidewalk. This is a great place to fill your water bottles for free with local spring water.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Hot Springs

Shared By:

Robert Thacker with improvements by Zac Nixon

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  3.3 from 3 votes

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#320

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#26,759

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A view from the start of the Sunset Trail. The views from West Mountain are great.
May 27, 2019 near Hot Spr…, AR
At the split stay to the right if you parked and started at Whittington Park. This is the end of the West Mountain Trail.
Apr 2, 2016 near Hot Spr…, AR
A view from the West Mountain Trail above Hot Springs. You can see the Hot Springs Tower on Hot Springs Mountain.
May 27, 2019 near Hot Spr…, AR
Trail has a consistent grade and is nicely covered with small gravel and packed dirt for the majority of the trail. Some areas have loose gravel and roots.
Apr 2, 2016 near Hot Spr…, AR
There are several places along the trail to stop and take a break.
Apr 2, 2016 near Hot Spr…, AR
Trailhead coming up from Whittington Park.
Apr 2, 2016 near Hot Spr…, AR

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Mar 30, 2023
Chad Warren
I walked what I call the West Mtn. Loop trail which is this plus a tad of Sunset to the parking lot and part of Mtn Top. 2.3mi — 52h 00m
Jan 22, 2023
Ryan Seyler
Jan 6, 2023
Tom Herr
Gentle trail near the top of West Mountain. Both ends connect with Mountain Top trail. Forested and relaxing. 1.3mi
Oct 28, 2022
Molly McLeod
Jul 29, 2022
Avis Rodriguez
Jan 16, 2021
Brianna Castleberry
Some switchbacks in the walk down at first, then a couple areas of steep incline. Saw some little birds. Reminds me of Kisatchie.
Jul 11, 2020
Joshua Hoyle
Feb 20, 2020
Lee Sybert
1.3mi — 11h 50m
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