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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

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Showing Jonathan Zisk's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (1 out of 185, or 0.54%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.72012-05
 Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.0 
 Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.9 
 Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7 
 Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.9 
 Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.0 
 Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.1 
 Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.5 
 Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.6 
 Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.6 
 Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.8 
 Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.5 
 Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
 Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7 
 Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.9 
 Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.0 
 Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
 Mount Yonaguska6178218Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.3 
 Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.6 
 Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.4 
 Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.6 
 Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.4 
 Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
 Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
 Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
 Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.0 
 Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.3 
 Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
 Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
 Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.1 
 Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.7 
 Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.8 
 Big Butt5920680Black Mountains2.9 
 Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains.8 
 Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
 Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
 Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.9 
 Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.5 
 Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
 Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 Lone Bald5880240Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 MacRae Peak5845165N NC Blue Ridge Crest.1 
 Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8 
 Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.3 
 Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.7 
 Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains.6 
 Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
 Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.6 
 Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.2 
 Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
 Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.4 
 Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.4 
 Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
 Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
 The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.7 
 Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.3 
 Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
 Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.3 
 Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
 Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.1 
 Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.4 
 Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.0 
 Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9 
 Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.7 
 Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.9 
 Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.9 
 Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.4 
 Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.3 
 Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.2 
 Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.1 
 Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.6 
 Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.5 
 Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.8 
 Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
 Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.3 
 Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.8 
 Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
 Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.8 
 Ogle Ridge5440240Black Mountains.9 
 Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.0 
 Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.3 
 Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams.8 
 Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.6 
 Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.3 
 Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams.7 
 Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.2 
 Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.1 
 Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.4 
 Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.7 
 Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.6 
 Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.1 
 Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
 Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.6 
 Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
 Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.8 
 Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains.9 
 Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
 Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.8 
 Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.4 
 Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains7.8 
 Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.1 
 Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.7 
 Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.6 
 Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
 Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.7 
 Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.1 
 Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
 Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.1 
 Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.4 
 Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich2.6 
 Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains1.3 
 High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains4.8 
 Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.0 
 Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.7 
 Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.2 
 Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
 Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.1 
 Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
 The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.4 
 Licklog Mountain5160160Black Mountains.7 
 Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains3.5 
 South Hooper Bald5160400Unicoi Mountains.7 
 Beech Mountain-East Summit5160160Beech-Snake-Rich1.2 
 Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.7 
 Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.9 
 Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
 De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.2 
 Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains1.6 
 Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.0 
 Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
 Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains.5 
 Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.5 
 Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.8 
 Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
 Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.0 
 Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.0 
 North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams2.5 
 Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
 Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.2 
 Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
 Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
 Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge2.3 
 Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
 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 
 Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.2 
 Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.4 
 Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.9 
 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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