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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

Showing Dean Molen's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (1 out of 24, or 4.17%)

RankPeak Elev-M
Range (Level 5) Prom-M
Ascent Date
1.Mount Mitchell2037Black Mountains1857 
2.Clingmans Dome2025Central Great Smoky Mountains13791970-05-02
3.Mount Sterling1781Eastern Great Smoky Mountains202 
4.Fryingpan Mountain1634Great Balsam Mountains134 
5.Wayah Bald1628Nantahala Mountains55 
6.Albert Mountain1597Georgia Blue Ridge85 
7.Yellow Mountain1563South NC Blue Ridge Crest478 
8.Green Knob1561N NC Blue Ridge Crest256 
9.Cowee Bald1507Cowee Mountains519 
10.Mount Cammerer1502Eastern Great Smoky Mountains15 
11.Camp Creek Bald1476Bald Mountains529 
12.Little Snowball Mountain-Northeast Peak1451Great Craggy Mountains49 
13.Joanna Bald1450Unicoi Mountains429 
14.Barnett Knob1434Eastern Great Smoky Mountains169 
15.Wesser Bald1410Nantahala Mountains240 
16.Flat Top Mountain1389N NC Blue Ridge Crest341 
17.Chambers Mountain1371Newfound Mountain Region249 
18.Bearwallow Mountain1290South NC Blue Ridge Crest413 
19.Shuckstack1225Western Great Smoky Mountains104 
20.Mount Noble Lookout Tower1183Central Great Smoky Mountains61 
21.Rich Mountain1131Bald Mountains241 
22.Moores Knob786Eastern Carolina Piedmont445 
23.Rendezvous Mountain756N NC Blue Ridge Crest73 
24.Panther Top711Georgia Blue Ridge175 

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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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