Richland Balsam, North Carolina

Prominence: 3010 ft, 918 m

Elevation: 6410 feet, 1954 meters

True Isolation: 27.08 mi, 43.58 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 6410 ft / 1954 m
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)35° 22' 3'' N, 82° 59' 25'' W
35.367588, -82.990335 (Dec Deg)
319182 E 3915627 N, Zone 17 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
State/ProvinceNorth Carolina
County/Second Level RegionHaywood
Jackson (Highest Point)

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Lists that contain Richland Balsam:
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #387)
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #404)
     Eastern USA Peaks with 2500 feet of Prominence (Rank #15)
     Southeast/Ozark USA Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #5)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #154)
     CoHP High Five List (Rank #77)
     North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks (Rank #8)
     Eastern U.S. County High Points over 4500 feet (Rank #5)
     Southeast USA Top 50 by Prominence (Rank #5)
     North Carolina County High Points (Rank #4)
     Southern Appalachian 6000-foot Peaks (Rank #9)
     Eastern USA 5000-foot Peaks (Rank #9)
     Fifty Highest Eastern CoHPs (Rank #4)
     Southern USA CoHPs (Rank #11)
     South Beyond 6000 (Rank #10)
     Southeastern Wilderness High Points (Rank #1)
     Eastern USA Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #15)
     Top 10 Elevation Grid for U.S. States (Rank #145)
     Top 10 Prominence Grid for U.S. States (Rank #148)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1998 by Tom Layton
     2000-05-26 by Scott Surgent
     2002-02-14 by Kevin Hessler
     2007-09-13 by Bill Oswald
     2009-08-28 by Brandon Corbitt
     2011-09-06 by Dennis Stewart
     2012-05-17 by Dennis Poulin (GPS Track)
     2013-06-27 by Dave Dunham
     2014-09-01 by Jack Magaw (GPS Track)
     2015-05-25 by Albert Wolff (GPS Track)
     2015-05-28 by Rebecca Swint
     2015-07-31 by William Sanderson
     2015-11-07 by Lee Newton (GPS Track)
     2016-07-21 by Mike Stinson
     2016-12-04 by Dylan Addis
     2017-03-11 by Eric Bruce
     2017-05-14 by Debbie Adams
     2017-06-25 by Mike Gourley (GPS Track)
     2017-07-04 by Henry Pharr
     2017-08-08 by Andy Hatzos (GPS Track)
     2017-09-16 by David Winston (GPS Track)
     2017-09-28 by Jonathan Smyer (GPS Track)
     2017-10-14 by Zachary Robbins (GPS Track)
     2018-04-19 by Ed Wandall

View ascents of peak by registered members (148 total)

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Click on photo for original larger-size version.
Contrary to what you see on the USGS topo, the Haywood-Jackson county line runs east and north of Richland Balsam, according to the Jackson GIS map (boundary marked by angular green line). If this is correct, the peak is entirely in Jackson County. The curved brown line is the Blue Ridge Parkway property line. The Haywood GIS map shows the boundary higher on the mountain but still not on the summit (1998). Photo by Tom Layton.
Click here for larger-size photo.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 3010 ft/918 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 3050 ft/930 m
  Line Parent: Mount Guyot
  Key Col: Balsam Gap    3400 ft/1036 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 27.08 mi/43.58 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 35.686495, -83.270925
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Mount Chapman  (NW)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Appalachian Mountains
Range3: Blue Ridge Mountains
Range4: Central Blue Ridge Ranges
Range5: Great Balsam Mountains (Highest Point)
Drainage Basins
French Broad
Gulf of Mexico
Atlantic Ocean
Little Tennessee
Gulf of Mexico
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: National Forests in North Carolina
Wilderness/Special Area: Middle Prong Wilderness Area (Highest Point)
Topo MapSam Knob O35082c8 1:24,000
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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