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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

Ranked Peaks have 160 feet of Clean Prominence

Showing Rickey Shortt's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (110 out of 185, or 59.46%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.01991-06-08
2.Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.71991-08-03
2.Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.81991-08-03
2.MacRae Peak5845165N NC Blue Ridge Crest.11991-08-03
5.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.61992-05-11
5.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.51992-05-11
7.Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.21992-10-24
7.Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.31992-10-24
9.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.91992-10-25
10.Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.31993-06-26
10.Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.31993-06-26
12.Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.81993-06-27
12.Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.31993-06-27
12.Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains.61993-06-27
15.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.71993-07-31
16.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.11994-05-07
17.Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.91994-09-18
17.Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains1.31994-09-18
19.Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.91994-11-05
19.Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.91994-11-05
21.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.81995-02-04
22.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains1.41995-05-20
23.Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.31995-07-29
24.Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.01995-07-31
25.Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.21995-10-29
26.Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.51996-04-20
26.Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.01996-04-20
28.Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.11996-08-31
28.Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.41996-08-31
30.Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains.81996-10-12
31.Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.01997-04-05
32.Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.01997-06-15
33.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.41997-10-25
34.Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.91997-11-08
35.Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.21998-03-28
36.Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.31998-06-13
37.Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.61998-06-14
38.Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.71998-08-22
39.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.41999-03-20
40.Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.21999-05-08
40.Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.91999-05-08
42.Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.41999-06-19
42.The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.71999-06-19
44.Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.61999-06-20
45.Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.61999-10-09
45.Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.01999-10-09
47.High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains4.81999-12-25
48.Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.02000-12-02
49.Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.22001-07-27
50.Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.42001-07-28
51.Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.42001-07-29
52.Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains1.92002-06-22
53.Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.22002-10-12
54.Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.52002-11-09
55.Big Butt5920680Black Mountains2.92004-03-07
55.Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.22004-03-07
55.Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.42004-03-07
58.Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.12005-11-20
58.Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.62005-11-20
60.Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.72006-01-22
61.The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.42009-02-21
62.Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.62009-04-12
62.Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.72009-04-12
64.Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.72009-08-21
64.Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.42009-08-21
64.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.62009-08-21
67.Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.32009-08-22
67.Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.22009-08-22
67.Mount Yonaguska6178218Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.42009-08-22
67.Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.02009-08-22
71.Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.22009-11-21
71.Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.42009-11-21
73.Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.62010-01-23
74.Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.12010-07-31
75.Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.22010-09-18
75.Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich2.62010-09-18
75.Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.12010-09-18
78.Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.32010-10-16
78.Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.52010-10-16
80.Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.82010-10-17
80.Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains7.82010-10-17
80.Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.72010-10-17
80.Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.92010-10-17
84.Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.42010-10-19
85.Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.82010-10-20
86.Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.02011-04-30
87.Beech Mountain-East Summit5160160Beech-Snake-Rich1.22011-07-16
88.Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.52011-11-10
88.Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.62011-11-10
88.Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.02011-11-10
88.Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.32011-11-10
88.Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams.72011-11-10
93.Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.02011-11-11
94.Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.72011-11-12
94.Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.72011-11-12
96.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.92012-04-28
96.Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.82012-04-28
98.Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.32016-08-26
99.Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.72017-04-07
100.Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.02017-04-07 b
101.Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.32017-04-07 c
102.Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.32017-04-07 g
103.Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.02017-04-07 h
104.Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.82017-08-20 b
105.Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.12017-09-09
106.Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.52017-12-02 d
107.Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.42017-12-02 e
108.Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.82017-12-02 f
109.Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.22017-12-02 g
110.Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.12018-08-25 c
 Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.1 
 Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
 Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.9 
 Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 Lone Bald5880240Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.7 
 Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
 Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
 Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.4 
 Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
 Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.1 
 Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.6 
 Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.5 
 Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
 Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.3 
 Ogle Ridge5440240Black Mountains.9 
 Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
 Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams.8 
 Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.6 
 Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.4 
 Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.1 
 Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains.9 
 Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
 Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.8 
 Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.1 
 Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
 Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
 Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.1 
 Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.0 
 Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.7 
 Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
 Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.1 
 Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
 Licklog Mountain5160160Black Mountains.7 
 Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains3.5 
 South Hooper Bald5160400Unicoi Mountains.7 
 Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
 De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains1.6 
 Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
 Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains.5 
 Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.0 
 Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.0 
 Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.8 
 North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams2.5 
 Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
 Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
 Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
 Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge2.3 
 Little Bald Knob5040600Georgia Blue Ridge1.3 
 Big Scaly5040280Georgia Blue Ridge.5 
 Mount Davis5040320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
 Perry Top5040320Plott Balsams1.0 
 Eaglenest Ridge5040200Plott Balsams.9 
 Cataloochee Divide5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
 Fie Top5040200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Lower Hyatt Ridge5020580Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.9 
 Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.1 
 Blue Knob5000560Black Mountains1.1 
 Sunup Knob5000160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 

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List Description

The "Southern Sixers" or "South beyond 6000" peaks are well-known and get a great deal of attention, but the enormous amount of peaks in North Carolina over 5000 feet are not as well documented or attempted.


Much of the groundwork for this list was done by Ivan Ash, who contributed large PDF files of all southeastern USA peaks over 4000 feet to the now-defunct "America's Roof" site.

Tom Pomeroy was instrumental in getting this long-dormant list cleaned up and published, and he helped with countless corrections and updates to the work done by Ivan and myself.


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