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Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence - Multiple Ascents Grid

RankPeak Elev-Ft
TotalRound 1
1.Mount Mitchell66846094  
2.Clingmans Dome66434523  
3.Roan High Knob62853525  
4.Huckleberry Knob56003480  
5.Richland Balsam64103050  
6.Standing Indian54992859  
7.Apple Orchard Mountain42252845  
8.Spruce Knob48612801  
9.Crabtree Bald53602760  
10.Big Bald55162596  
11.Big Frog Mountain42402560  
12.Mount Rogers57292489  
13.Grandfather Mountain59462466  
14.Elliott Knob44632463  
15.Cheoah Bald50622397  
16.English Mountain36292332  
17.Snake Mountain56002320  
18.Rocky Mountain40722292  
20.Balsam Beartown Mountain47102150  
21.Cross Mountain35342114  
22.Brasstown Bald47842108  
23.Bald Knob43612081  
24.High Knob42232063  
25.Reddish Knob43972037  
26.Big House Mountain36451965  
27.Tobacco Row Mountain-High Peak29321960  
28.Waterrock Knob62921947  
29.Black Mountain41391939  
30.Lairds Knob32821902  
31.Oswald Dome30401880  
32.No Business Mountain27801860  
33.Hall Top36101810  
34.Icy Knob30001800  
34.Tusquitee Bald52801800  
36.Cove Mountain40771797  
37.Big Bald Mountain40751795  
38.Little Pisgah Mountain44121772  
39.Sugarloaf Mountain36261766  
40.Sugarloaf Mountain39651765  
41.Wine Spring Bald54801760  
41.Morris Knob44801760  
43.Chimneytop-Southwest Peak31181758  
44.Camp Creek Bald48441737  
45.Thorny Flat48481728  
46.Phoenix Mountain47101710  
47.Cowee Bald49441704  
48.Scott Mountain-Rich Mountain Knob37651685  
49.Sugar Run Mountain40871677  
50.Bluff Mountain51001660  
50.Holston High Point43201660  
52.Signal Pole Hill34591659  
53.Little Black Mountain-Chunklick Benchmark34401640  
53.High Peak42801640  
53.Bald Knob42801640  
53.Mount Jefferson46801640  
57.East River Mountain-Chimney Rock West44001623  
58.Pig Pen Bluff44011621  
58.Mount Guyot66211621  
60.Heard Mountain24001620  

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About the Multiple Ascent Grid:

  • This table grid shows all peaks on a given list, and all ascents done by Danny Casady,II, 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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