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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

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Showing Michael Prowatzke's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (25 out of 185, or 13.51%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft
(Opt)
 Prom-Ft
(Opt)
Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846094Black Mountains1189.02010-09-04
2.Mount Craig6647327Black Mountains.92010-09-04
3.Clingmans Dome66434523Central Great Smoky Mountains70.72006-01
4.Balsam Cone6640440Black Mountains.92010-09-04
5.Cattail Peak6640200Black Mountains1.52010-09-04
6.Mount Guyot66211621Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7 
7.Mount Gibbes6560480Black Mountains2.12010-09-05
 Clingmans Peak6560120Black Mountains2.4 
 Potato Hill6475155Black Mountains.32010-09-04
 Potato Knob6440120Black Mountains.5 
8.Mount Chapman6417617Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
9.Richland Balsam64103050Great Balsam Mountains27.1 
10.Old Black6370210Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
11.Blackstock Knob6360520Black Mountains1.62010-09-06
12.Mount Hallback6329169Black Mountains.92010-09-05
13.Celo Knob6327647Black Mountains3.52010-09-04
14.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.7 
15.Roan High Knob62853525Roan-Unaka Mountains18.82009-11-02
16.Mount Lyn Lowry6280440Plott Balsams1.5 
17.Browning Knob6280200Plott Balsams.3 
18.Roan High Bluff6267187Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5 
19.Gibbs Mountain6240200Black Mountains.82010-09-04
20.Percys Peak6240160Black Mountains.3 
 Cloudland Mountain6240120Roan-Unaka Mountains.52009-11-02
21.Luftee Knob6234354Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.5 
22.Mount Kephart6217697Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8 
23.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains7.1 
24.Winter Star Mountain6203323Black Mountains1.12010-09-04
25.Grassy Ridge Bald6200688Roan-Unaka Mountains2.42009-11-02
26.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.72006-01
27.Marks Knob6169289Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
28.Mount Hardy6160840Great Balsam Mountains3.5 
29.Tricorner Knob6160240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Mount Ambler6160126Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Grassy Ridge6160120Roan-Unaka Mountains.4 
30.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155675Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.6 
 Mount Hardison6134134Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
31.Craggy Dome61201080Great Craggy Mountains3.52010-09-05
32.Reinhart Knob6120280Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
 Thermo Knob6120120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
33.Plott Balsam Mountain6088408Plott Balsams1.7 
34.Sam Knob6080440Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
35.Grassy Cove Top6080400Great Balsam Mountains1.5 
36.Tennent Mountain6080200Great Balsam Mountains.7 
37.Shining Rock6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
38.Chestnut Bald6040240Great Balsam Mountains1.6 
39.Yellow Face6032352Plott Balsams1.2 
40.Cold Mountain60301030Great Balsam Mountains4.3 
41.Mount Sequoyah6003203Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
 Silvermine Bald6000120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
42.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.2 
43.Big Butt5960760Black Mountains3.7 
44.Rough Butt Bald5960560Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
45.Bullhead Mountain5960400Great Craggy Mountains.9 
46.Cold Spring Knob5960360Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
47.Andrews Bald5960240Central Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
48.Grandfather Mountain59462466N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.8 
49.Chiltoes Mountain5920360Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
50.Attic Window Peak5920320N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
51.Green Knob5920200Great Balsam Mountains1.5 
52.Flower Knob5920160Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Stairs Mountain5920130Great Balsam Mountains.6 
53.Laurel Top5907467Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.4 
54.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.6 
55.Lone Bald5880320Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
56.Little Sam Knob5862222Great Balsam Mountains.6 
57.Eagle Rocks5849369Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
58.MacRae Peak5845205N NC Blue Ridge Crest.2 
59.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.4 
60.Spot Knob5840280Great Balsam Mountains.8 
61.Round Bald5840240Roan-Unaka Mountains1.12009-11-02
 Jane Bald5840120Roan-Unaka Mountains.82009-11-02
62.Blackrock Mountain5810210Plott Balsams1.4 
63.Old Bald5800280Great Balsam Mountains1.1 
64.Dog Loser Knob5761161Great Balsam Mountains.5 
65.Balsam High Top5760320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
66.Herrin Knob5760280Great Balsam Mountains.5 
67.Little Bearpen North5760200Great Balsam Mountains.4 
68.Devils Courthouse5760160Great Balsam Mountains.5 
69.Mount Pisgah57211401Great Balsam Mountains5.8 
70.Steestachee Bald5720600Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
71.Peak 56805720344Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
72.Flat Spring Knob5720240Black Mountains.4 
72.Craggy Gardens5720240Great Craggy Mountains.5 
74.Masa Knob5720206Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
75.Point Misery5715395Black Mountains1.4 
76.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
77.Little Bald Knob5680552Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.8 
78.The Pinnacle5665505N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.0 
79.Buck Knob5640480Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
80.Brown Lead5640360Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
81.Graveyard Ridge5640240Great Balsam Mountains.9 
 Little Butt5640120Black Mountains.6 
 Grassy Bald5613133Great Balsam Mountains.6 
82.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains3.32012-01-06
83.Huckleberry Knob56003480Unicoi Mountains29.4 
84.Snake Mountain56002320Beech-Snake-Rich16.2 
85.Laurel Patch Bald5600360Great Balsam Mountains.6 
86.Charlies Bunion5600200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
86.Buck Knob5600200Great Balsam Mountains.3 
86.Tanasee Bald5600200Great Balsam Mountains.5 
89.Beartrap Knob5600160Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Jenkins Knob560093Central Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
90.Hump Mountain5587947Roan-Unaka Mountains4.72009-11-03
91.Rich Mountain Bald5583383Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
92.Campbell Lick5576256Plott Balsams1.8 
93.Gage Bald5574214Great Balsam Mountains.8 
94.Porters-False Peak5572292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
95.Elk Knob55601080Beech-Snake-Rich1.8 
96.Hemphill Bald5560400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
97.Charley Bald5560240Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Bear Ridge5548108Black Mountains.8 
 Big Pine Mountain553393Black Mountains1.3 
98.Thunderhead Mountain55271127Western Great Smoky Mountains7.92012-01-06
99.Old Butt Knob5525165Great Balsam Mountains.6 
100.Beech Mountain55201520Beech-Snake-Rich6.4 
101.Bunches Bald55201024Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.1 
102.Big Junction East5520320Unicoi Mountains1.6 
103.Setzer Mountain5520240Plott Balsams.7 
104.Brush Fence Ridge5520200Black Mountains.7 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551878Beech-Snake-Rich.5 
105.Big Bald55162596Bald Mountains15.92009-10-30
106.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains2.2 
107.Whim Knob5501381Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
108.Standing Indian54992859Georgia Blue Ridge32.42010-10-17
109.Pecks Corner South5490210Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
110.Walker Knob5482162Black Mountains1.2 
111.Doubletop Mountain5481961Great Balsam Mountains3.8 
112.Wine Spring Bald54801760Nantahala Mountains9.8 
113.Breakneck Ridge5480600Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.9 
114.Little Hump Mountain5480520Roan-Unaka Mountains1.42009-11-03
115.Hawk Mountain5480360Roan-Unaka Mountains.8 
116.Peak 54405480320Black Mountains.9 
117.Big Yellow Mountain5480240Roan-Unaka Mountains2.1 
118.Beartown Mountain5480160Roan-Unaka Mountains1.02009-11-02
 Soco Bald5480120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
119.Haw Knob5472232Unicoi Mountains.8 
120.Snaggy Bald5471591Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
121.Blockhouse Mountain5470630Western Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
122.Lost Knob5467187Great Balsam Mountains1.1 
 The Sawteeth5452132Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
123.Coxcomb Mountain54431203Black Mountains2.5 
 Rocky Top544181Western Great Smoky Mountains.52012-01-06
124.Walker Bald5440720Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
125.Pinnacle Bald5440320Plott Balsams1.5 
126.Bald Knob5440240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.7 
127.Parker Knob5440200Great Balsam Mountains.8 
128.Hooper Bald5429189Unicoi Mountains.8 
129.Peak 54015401361Plott Balsams1.1 
130.Stratton Bald54001120Unicoi Mountains3.5 
131.Snowball Mountain5400520Great Craggy Mountains1.5 
132.Graybeard Mountain5400400N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.8 
133.Sugartree Licks North5400280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
134.Rich Mountain Bald5372972Beech-Snake-Rich1.4 
135.Crabtree Bald53602760Newfound Mountain Region11.6 
136.Rocky Bald5360480Nantahala Mountains1.3 
137.Fryingpan Mountain5360440Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
 The Narrows5360120Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
138.Wayah Bald5342182Nantahala Mountains1.22010-10-19
139.Little Bald Mountain5320400Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
139.Big Bald5320400Great Balsam Mountains.8 
141.Moody Top5320360Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
142.Birdstand Mountain5320320Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
143.Little Pisgah Mountain5320240Great Balsam Mountains.7 
 Linville Peak5320120N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
144.Big Bald53071187Roan-Unaka Mountains4.7 
 Bearpen Knob528888Great Craggy Mountains.7 
145.Tusquitee Bald52801800Nantahala Mountains8.0 
146.Yellow Bald52801080Georgia Blue Ridge3.2 
147.Rocky Knob South5280240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
148.Heintooga Bald5266226Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
149.High Top5263423Great Balsam Mountains1.8 
150.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.9 
151.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249409Unicoi Mountains1.6 
152.Sugar Mountain52401160N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.2 
153.Siler Bald52401120Nantahala Mountains2.3 
154.Hanging Rock52401080Beech-Snake-Rich3.0 
155.Cold Spring Knob5240400Central Great Smoky Mountains2.62012-01-06
156.Little Bald5240360Bald Mountains2.12009-10-30
157.Albert Mountain5240280Georgia Blue Ridge.42010-10-18
158.Lane Pinnacle5230630Great Craggy Mountains1.6 
159.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
160.Brier Knob5215375Western Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
161.Potrock Bald5215215Nantahala Mountains.7 
162.Unaka Mountain52001480Roan-Unaka Mountains8.92009-11-01
163.The Peak5200920Beech-Snake-Rich5.6 
164.Newton Bald5200640Central Great Smoky Mountains5.9 
165.Nettle Creek Bald5200618Central Great Smoky Mountains4.1 
166.Cosby Knob5200506Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
167.South Hooper Bald5200480Unicoi Mountains.8 
168.Licklog Mountain5200240Black Mountains.8 
168.Beech Mountain-East Summit5200240Beech-Snake-Rich1.4 
170.Beech Knob5200160Great Balsam Mountains.6 
170.Elk Hollow Ridge5200160Roan-Unaka Mountains1.4 
 Hangover5200120Unicoi Mountains.4 
 Tater Hill5194114Beech-Snake-Rich.7 
172.High Rocks5190750Central Great Smoky Mountains5.5 
173.Lower Hughes Ridge5188388Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7 
174.Coward Bald5187347Great Balsam Mountains.9 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
175.Upper Highland Ridge5166286Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 High Knob5163123Black Mountains1.3 
176.Sandymush Bald5152512Newfound Mountain Region2.7 
177.Peak 51495149269Nantahala Mountains.9 
178.Indian Knob5137457Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
179.De Armond Bald5136216Western Great Smoky Mountains.6 
180.Yellow Mountain51271567South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.5 
181.Green Knob5120840N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.0 
182.Pilot Mountain5120561Great Balsam Mountains2.6 
183.Big Butt5120400Georgia Blue Ridge.9 
184.Yellow Spot5120280Roan-Unaka Mountains1.9 
185.Rocky Bald5120240Nantahala Mountains1.1 
 Ross Knob5120122Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
186.Rich Benchmark5106546Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
187.Bluff Mountain51001660Beech-Snake-Rich4.1 
188.Purchase Knob5086366Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.5 
189.Bearwallow Knob5085325Black Mountains1.7 
190.Little Bald Knob5080680Georgia Blue Ridge2.0 
191.Mount Davis5080400Central Great Smoky Mountains1.6 
191.Perry Top5080400Plott Balsams1.5 
193.Big Scaly5080360Georgia Blue Ridge1.2 
194.Cataloochee Divide5080320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
195.Fie Top5080280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
196.Dead Line Ridge5080200Nantahala Mountains.5 
197.North Eaglenest Mountain5071551Plott Balsams3.0 
198.Mount Squires5070230Western Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
199.Soco Gap North5065265Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
200.Docks Gap East5065185Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
201.Cheoah Bald50622397Cheoah Mountains8.22010-10-22
202.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
203.Becks Bald5053453Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
 Seniard Mountain505292Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
204.Ridgepole Mountain5043723Georgia Blue Ridge3.0 
205.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.22012-01-04
206.Three Top Mountain50401309Beech-Snake-Rich2.4 
207.Shortoff Mountain5040960South NC Blue Ridge Crest2.0 
208.Yellow Mountain5040699Georgia Blue Ridge1.6 
209.Blue Knob5040640Black Mountains1.2 
210.Sunup Knob5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
210.Eaglenest Ridge5040240Plott Balsams.9 
212.Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5040200Beech-Snake-Rich2.1 
 Pinnacle Mountain5040120Georgia Blue Ridge.5 
213.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020620Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
 Matlock Bald501494Nantahala Mountains.7 
214.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.1 
215.Peak 49605000320Newfound Mountain Region1.1 
216.Weatherman Bald5000200Nantahala Mountains.5 
217.Hawkbill Rock5000160Great Craggy Mountains.5 

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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.

Acknowledgments:

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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