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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

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Showing Rickey Shortt's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (92 out of 185, or 49.73%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.01991-06-08
2.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.71993-07-31
3.Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.42001-07-28
4.Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.42010-10-19
5.Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.11996-08-31
6.Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.81993-06-27
7.Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.72009-08-21
8.Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.22000-12-02
9.Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.91994-09-18
10.Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.51999-05-08
11.Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.81991-08-03
12.Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.62009-04-12
13.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.71992-05-11
14.Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.82010-10-17
15.Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.91995-10-29
16.Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.21998-03-28
17.Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains8.02010-10-17
18.Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.91997-11-08
19.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains7.11992-10-25
20.Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.42010-09-18
21.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.2 
22.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.1 
23.Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.9 
24.Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.81998-06-14
25.The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.62009-02-21
26.High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains5.51999-12-25
27.Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.72010-01-23
28.Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.71993-06-26
29.Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.31995-07-29
30.Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.12011-04-30
31.Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains4.1 
32.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.9 
33.Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.8 
34.Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.8 
35.Big Butt5920680Black Mountains3.7 
36.Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.5 
37.Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.51996-04-20
38.Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.51999-06-19
39.Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.51996-08-31
40.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.41995-02-04
41.Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.4 
42.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains3.31995-05-20
43.Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.2 
44.Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.22010-09-18
45.Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.1 
46.Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich3.02010-09-18
47.Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge3.0 
48.North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams3.0 
49.Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.02002-11-09
50.Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.9 
51.Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.81998-08-22
52.Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.72009-04-12
53.Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7 
54.Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains2.61995-05-21
55.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.62009-08-21
56.Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains2.62002-06-22
57.Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.52009-08-22
58.Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.5 
59.Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.5 
60.Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
61.Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.42010-10-16
62.Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.42009-11-21
63.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
64.Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
65.Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.41993-06-27
66.Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.4 
 Clingmans Peak652040Black Mountains2.41997-06-15
67.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
68.Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.3 
69.Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
70.Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
71.Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
72.Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
73.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.21994-05-07
74.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains2.22012-04-28
75.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020580Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
 Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5000120Beech-Snake-Rich2.12000-12-02
76.Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.11997-04-05
77.Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.11997-06-15
78.Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains2.11994-09-18
79.Little Bald Knob5040600Georgia Blue Ridge2.0 
80.Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest2.01999-05-08
81.The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.01999-06-19
82.Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
83.Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.9 
84.Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
85.Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.8 
86.Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.82011-11-12
87.Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
88.Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.82006-01-22
89.High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.8 
90.Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
91.Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains1.7 
92.Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.72011-11-10
93.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.71999-03-20
94.Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.61999-06-20
95.Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.6 
96.Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.6 
97.Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.61998-06-13
98.Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.62001-07-27
99.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.61997-10-25
100.Mount Davis5040320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.6 
101.Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
102.Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.51992-10-24
103.Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.52011-11-10
 Green Knob5880120Great Balsam Mountains1.5 
 Roan High Bluff6267147Roan-Unaka Mountains1.51998-06-20
104.Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
105.Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.52009-08-22
106.Perry Top5040320Plott Balsams1.5 
107.Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams1.52011-11-10
108.Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains1.51996-10-12
109.Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.52010-07-31
110.Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.5 
 Cattail Peak6600120Black Mountains1.51994-11-05
111.Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.41993-06-26
112.Beech Mountain-East Summit5160160Beech-Snake-Rich1.42011-07-16
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
113.Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.42011-11-10
114.Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
115.Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.42011-11-11
116.Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.41999-10-09
 Seniard Mountain505252Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
117.Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.42009-11-21
118.Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.41992-10-24
 Elk Hollow Ridge516080Roan-Unaka Mountains1.41995-03-25
119.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
120.Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.4 
121.Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.42009-08-22
122.Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.3 
123.Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
124.Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 High Knob516383Black Mountains1.3 
125.Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
126.Lone Bald5880280Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
127.Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
 Wayah Bald5342142Nantahala Mountains1.22010-10-17
 Spruce Mountain564787Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
128.Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
129.Big Scaly5040280Georgia Blue Ridge1.2 
130.Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.22002-10-12
 The Narrows532040Great Balsam Mountains1.21995-07-29
 Walker Knob5482122Black Mountains1.2 
131.Blue Knob5000560Black Mountains1.2 
 Jenkins Knob556053Central Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
132.Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.22011-11-10
133.Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.21995-07-31
 Docks Gap East5065145Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
 Big Pine Mountain553353Black Mountains1.2 
134.Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
 Lost Knob5467147Great Balsam Mountains1.1 
135.Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.11996-04-20
136.Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.1 
137.Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
138.Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.1 
 Peak 49604960240Newfound Mountain Region1.12009-04-12
139.Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams1.1 
140.Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains1.11993-06-27
141.Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
 Beartown Mountain5480120Roan-Unaka Mountains1.01999-01-24
142.Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
143.Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
144.Eaglenest Ridge5040200Plott Balsams.9 
145.Peak 54405440240Black Mountains.9 
146.Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.91994-11-05
147.Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.9 
148.Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.91999-10-09
149.Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.91994-11-05
150.Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.92010-10-17
151.Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.9 
152.Cataloochee Divide5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
 Fork River Bald554020Great Balsam Mountains.9 
153.Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.9 
 Mount Hallback6329129Black Mountains.91997-06-15
154.Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.9 
155.Fie Top5040200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
156.Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
157.Licklog Mountain5160160Black Mountains.8 
 Jane Bald580040Roan-Unaka Mountains.81993-06-27
 Hooper Bald5429149Unicoi Mountains.82010-10-19
158.Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.82012-04-28
 Bear Ridge554868Black Mountains.8 
159.Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.8 
160.Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.8 
 Linville Peak528040N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
 Gibbs Mountain6200120Black Mountains.81996-04-20
 Parker Knob5400120Great Balsam Mountains.8 
161.South Hooper Bald5160400Unicoi Mountains.8 
162.Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.82010-10-20
163.Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.81991-08-03
164.Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.82011-11-12
165.Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.8 
 Tater Hill519474Beech-Snake-Rich.72009-11-21
166.Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.7 
 Bearpen Knob528848Great Craggy Mountains.7 
167.Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.72010-10-17
168.Sunup Knob5000160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
169.Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
170.Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Tennent Mountain6040120Great Balsam Mountains.71992-10-25
171.Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.72010-10-16
 Ross Knob508082Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
172.Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.72009-08-21
 Matlock Bald501454Nantahala Mountains.7 
 Brush Fence Ridge5480120Black Mountains.7 
173.Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.7 
174.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.61992-05-11
 Flower Knob588080Great Balsam Mountains.61994-04-23
 Beech Knob516080Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 Little Haw Knob5160120Unicoi Mountains.6 
 Little Butt560040Black Mountains.6 
 Stairs Mountain588090Great Balsam Mountains.61995-07-29
175.Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.6 
176.Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.6 
 The Sawteeth545292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.61998-11-14
 Old Butt Knob5525125Great Balsam Mountains.61994-04-23
 Middle Top5160120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
177.Tricorner Knob6120160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Mount Hardison613494Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.61995-02-25
 Grassy Bald561393Great Balsam Mountains.6 
178.De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.6 
 Dog Loser Knob5761121Great Balsam Mountains.51994-04-23
 Rocky Top544141Western Great Smoky Mountains.51994-12-26
 Pinnacle Mountain500040Georgia Blue Ridge.5 
 Weatherman Bald4960120Nantahala Mountains.52010-10-17
179.Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551838Beech-Snake-Rich.52000-12-02
 Thermo Knob608040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Hawkbill Rock496080Great Craggy Mountains.5 
180.Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
181.Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.5 
 Tanasee Bald5560120Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Dead Line Ridge5040120Nantahala Mountains.52010-10-17
 Devils Courthouse572080Great Balsam Mountains.51995-07-31
 Beartrap Knob556080Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Cloudland Mountain620040Roan-Unaka Mountains.52009-06-19
 Charlies Bunion5560120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.52010-07-31
 Leatherwood Top500040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Potato Knob640040Black Mountains.51997-06-15
 Mount Ambler612086Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.51998-08-22
182.Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.4 
 Little Bearpen North5720120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Soco Bald544040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
183.Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Silvermine Bald596040Great Balsam Mountains.41998-06-13
184.Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.42001-07-29
 Grassy Ridge612040Roan-Unaka Mountains.41999-09-11
 Hangover516040Unicoi Mountains.41997-10-25
 Buck Knob5560120Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Browning Knob6240120Plott Balsams.32011-11-10
 Percys Peak620080Black Mountains.32001-02-10
 Potato Hill6475115Black Mountains.31994-11-05
185.MacRae Peak5845165N NC Blue Ridge Crest.21991-08-03

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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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