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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

Showing pat stout's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (12 out of 24, or 50%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Mount Mitchell6684Black Mountains60892000
2.Clingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains45031999
3.Mount Sterling5842Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6632011-05-26
4.Wayah Bald5342Nantahala Mountains1422011-05-25
5.Fryingpan Mountain5320Great Balsam Mountains3602010-10-09
6.Albert Mountain5200Georgia Blue Ridge2002011-05-25
7.Yellow Mountain5127South NC Blue Ridge Crest1527 
8.Green Knob5080N NC Blue Ridge Crest7602010-10-17
9.Cowee Bald4944Cowee Mountains1664 
10.Mount Cammerer4928Eastern Great Smoky Mountains81999
11.Camp Creek Bald4844Bald Mountains17371998
12.Little Snowball Mountain-Northeast Peak4720Great Craggy Mountains80 
13.Joanna Bald4716Unicoi Mountains  
14.Barnett Knob4665Eastern Great Smoky Mountains 2011-09-02
15.Wesser Bald4627Nantahala Mountains  
16.Flat Top Mountain4558N NC Blue Ridge Crest  
17.Chambers Mountain4498Newfound Mountain Region  
18.Bearwallow Mountain4232South NC Blue Ridge Crest  
19.Shuckstack4020Western Great Smoky Mountains3001999
20.Mount Noble Lookout Tower3840Central Great Smoky Mountains120 
21.Rich Mountain3670Bald Mountains 1999
22.Moores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont1439 
23.Rendezvous Mountain2440N NC Blue Ridge Crest  
24.Panther Top2293Georgia Blue Ridge  

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List Description

This list shows major summits in western North Carolina that have lookout towers on their summits. Since many peaks in the Southern Appalachians are thickly forested to the very summit, the towers on these peaks offer fine views over the trees. Many of these towers are old fire lookouts, but others were build for the benefit of tourists (including towers on Mount Mitchell and Clingmans Dome).

Note that the Little Snowball fire lookout tower has been removed from the Northeast Peak of Little Snowball Mountain and reconstructed at a valley site, the Big Ivy Historical Campus. To get credit from the Carolina Mountain Club for completing this list, you must hike to the old mountain site, plus drive to the tower in its new location and climb it there.


     Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       Hiking North Carolina's Lookout Towers (Barr)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.


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