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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

Showing Dave Dunham's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (16 out of 24, or 66.67%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.Clingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains45032009-08-27
2.Mount Mitchell6684Black Mountains60892009-08-28
3.Flat Top Mountain4558N NC Blue Ridge Crest10782010-08-27
3.Rendezvous Mountain2440N NC Blue Ridge Crest1602010-08-27
5.Moores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont14392011-08-26
6.Green Knob5080N NC Blue Ridge Crest7602012-08-23
7.Wayah Bald5342Nantahala Mountains1422013-06-27
7.Fryingpan Mountain5320Great Balsam Mountains3602013-06-27
7.Panther Top2293Georgia Blue Ridge4932013-06-27
10.Cowee Bald4944Cowee Mountains16642013-06-28
10.Mount Cammerer4928Eastern Great Smoky Mountains82013-06-28
10.Wesser Bald4627Nantahala Mountains7472013-06-28
10.Shuckstack4020Western Great Smoky Mountains3002013-06-28
10.Mount Noble Lookout Tower3840Central Great Smoky Mountains1202013-06-28
15.Barnett Knob4665Eastern Great Smoky Mountains5162013-06-29
15.Chambers Mountain4498Newfound Mountain Region7782013-06-29
 Mount Sterling5842Eastern Great Smoky Mountains663 
 Albert Mountain5200Georgia Blue Ridge200 
 Yellow Mountain5127South NC Blue Ridge Crest1527 
 Camp Creek Bald4844Bald Mountains1737 
 Little Snowball Mountain-Northeast Peak4720Great Craggy Mountains80 
 Joanna Bald4716Unicoi Mountains1316 
 Bearwallow Mountain4232South NC Blue Ridge Crest1354 
 Rich Mountain3670Bald Mountains710 

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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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