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Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence - Multiple Ascents Grid

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft TotalRound 1
1.Mount Mitchell66846089  
2.Clingmans Dome66434503  
3.Roan High Knob62853485  
4.Huckleberry Knob55603400  
5.Richland Balsam64103010  
6.Apple Orchard Mountain42252825  
7.Standing Indian54992819  
8.Spruce Knob48612781  
9.Crabtree Bald53202680  
10.Big Bald55162556  
11.Big Frog Mountain42002480  
12.Mount Rogers57292449  
13.Grandfather Mountain59462426  
14.Elliott Knob44632423  
15.Cheoah Bald50622357  
16.English Mountain36292292  
17.Rocky Mountain40722272  
18.Snake Mountain55602240  
20.Balsam Beartown Mountain47102130  
21.Brasstown Bald47842108  
22.Cross Mountain35342094  
23.High Knob42232043  
24.Bald Knob43612041  
25.Reddish Knob43971997  
26.Tobacco Row Mountain-High Peak29321960  
27.Waterrock Knob62921947  
28.Big House Mountain36451925  
29.Black Mountain41391899  
30.Lairds Knob32821882  
31.No Business Mountain27601820  
32.Oswald Dome30001800  
33.Hall Top36101770  
34.Icy Knob30001760  
35.Cove Mountain40771757  
36.Big Bald Mountain40751755  
37.Green Ridge Knob48601753  
38.Sugarloaf Mountain36261746  
39.Chimneytop-Southwest Peak31181738  
40.Little Pisgah Mountain44121732  
41.Sugarloaf Mountain39651725  
42.Tusquitee Bald52401720  
43.Thorny Flat48481688  
44.Morris Knob44401680  
44.Wine Spring Bald54401680  
46.Sugar Run Mountain40871677  
47.Phoenix Mountain47101670  
48.Cowee Bald49441664  
49.Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain Knob37651645  
50.Bluff Mountain51001620  
 Signal Pole Hill34591619  
 Pig Pen Bluff44011601  
 Little Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark34201600  
 Holston High Point42801600  
 Mount Guyot66211581  
 Heard Mountain23801580  
 Bald Knob42401560  
 East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West43601560  
 Mount Jefferson46401560  
 High Peak42401560  

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About the Multiple Ascent Grid:

  • This table grid shows all peaks on a given list, and all ascents done by Dale York, up to 10 ascents per peak.
  • While many peakbaggers do not like to repeat ascents, some will try to do multiple "laps" or "rounds" of a favorite list, often one close to home.
  • The header for each ascent column shows, in parentheses, the total number of peaks climbed in each "round", and clicking the header link will sort your ascents for that round.
  • Due to space limitations, this listing has just the basic peak info, so up to ten date columns can be shown. Please use the main peak list (linked above) for more basic info and functionality.
  • Some climbers will log two ascents of the same peak on the same day--for example, when doing an out-and-back ridge run with other ascents sandwiched between two of the same peak. Some might not consider these to be two separate ascents for the purposes of doing multiple rounds. Clicking on the "Count a peak only once per day" link in the header will collapse multiple ascents of a peak on a single day into just one ascent for this grid list.

List Description

List Info

Even though the Southern Appalachians are higher than the Northern Appalachians, they can only muster 24 peaks with over 2000 feet of prominence, compared to 54 north of the Potomac. Lack of glaciation has left the southern peaks more rounded and gentle, and thus the ruggedness needed for lots of high prominence peaks is lacking. Still, this is a nice list, an excellent alternative to the list of tightly clustered 6000-foot peaks of the South. North Carolina still (entirely or partially) claims 21 of the ranked 50 peaks, but that means that over half are in the other mountainous Southern states of Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and Kentucky

Due to a lack of accurate survey elevations for many peaks and saddles in the region, the lower reaches of this list are made up of several summits with overlapping prominence ranges. The value listed here is the clean prominence, so the list cuts off at 1620 feet of clean prom, just below Bluff Mountain. But the unranked peaks below could very well be on the "Fifty Finest" list--for example, Bald Knob could have as much as 1640 feet of prominence, more that Bluff's clean value. To claim a list completion, a climber should probably do the unranked peaks to increase the chance that the actual top 50 were climbed.

Finally, this list shows Rocky Mountain, VA with 2272 feet of prominence, but there are several nearby peaks (Pleasant, Maintop, Bald) with 4040-to-4079 foot contours that could perhaps "steal" the prominence from Rocky. So it is probalby wise to visit those contenders, too.


  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 2000 by Edward Earl, Andy Martin, and Ron Tagliapietra.
  • List generation helped by Edward Earl's WinProm program.
  • Posts made to the Yahoo Prominence Group online forum.
  • Prominence values in this list may not agree 100% with sources, due to different interpretations of key col spot elevations and out-dated peak elevations in the PBC Database.


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