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Upper Cliffbrake

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 4.5 (2)

A steep trail that accesses the climbing area and the east summit of Rattlesnake Ridge.


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0.2

Miles

0.3

KM

71%

Runnable

686' 209 m

High

548' 167 m

Low

137' 42 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Upper Cliffbrake is a foot-traffic only trail that leads to the upper climbing area and east summit of Rattlesnake Ridge.

Need to Know

There are no trash cans or bathrooms on site. Please pack out what you pack in. The closest amenities are about 1 mile away at Pinnacle Mountain State Park. The parking area is small (~10 cars) and parking is not allowed outside the parking area. The automatic gate opens just before sunrise, and closes just after.

There is a wet weather closure plan implemented at Rattlesnake Ridge. During inclement weather, check the Rattlesnake Ridge Trail Information page for the latest conditions or closures. Volunteer events will also be posted there.

Description

The upper section of Cliffbrake accesses the east summit of Rattlesnake Ridge and the climbing area and is foot traffic only. The trail climbs/traverses through a high cliff area and is potentially dangerous for young children.

From the junction with Diamondback, continue up and right on Cliffbrake. The trail climbs for a few minutes before catching a set of stone stairs up to the climbing area. From the climbing area, follow the trail to the right along the base of the bluff until you come to a large ledge up and to the left at a break in the cliff.

Follow the trail up and over this ledge along a small goat trail through the bluff. The top of the climbing area offers views to the south, or you can continue on the trail towards the east summit of Rattlesnake Ridge.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mitchell Allen with improvements by Zac Nixon

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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#132

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#8,067

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This is the terrain you must climb to access the high ridge.
Dec 22, 2019 near Maumelle, AR
Look for this sign to get to the upper part of the ridge, and prepare to climb!
Dec 22, 2019 near Maumelle, AR
Some awesome rock formations can be seen on this upper ridge!
Dec 22, 2019 near Maumelle, AR
A better shot of the crux wall.  Above this will be the first part of the ridge traverse.
Dec 22, 2019 near Maumelle, AR
This is the crux wall to access the upper ridge!  Don't overthink it.
Dec 22, 2019 near Maumelle, AR
A look down to explain what you must hike to get to the upper ridge.
Dec 22, 2019 near Maumelle, AR

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