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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

Showing Jeff Malik's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (5 out of 22, or 22.73%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell6684Black Mountains608916202009-10-18
2.Clingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains450316692009-09-05
3.Mount Sterling5842Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6631282010-01-17
4.Wayah Bald5342Nantahala Mountains142183 
5.Fryingpan Mountain5320Great Balsam Mountains36088 
6.Albert Mountain5200Georgia Blue Ridge200160 
7.Yellow Mountain5127South NC Blue Ridge Crest152737 
8.Green Knob5080N NC Blue Ridge Crest76063 
9.Cowee Bald4944Cowee Mountains166430 
10.Mount Cammerer4928Eastern Great Smoky Mountains81452008-04-26
11.Camp Creek Bald4844Bald Mountains72471 
12.Little Snowball Mountain-Northeast Peak4720Great Craggy Mountains8022 
13.Joanna Bald4716Unicoi Mountains131629 
14.Barnett Knob4665Eastern Great Smoky Mountains51640 
15.Wesser Bald4627Nantahala Mountains747127 
16.Flat Top Mountain4558N NC Blue Ridge Crest1078109 
17.Bearwallow Mountain4232South NC Blue Ridge Crest1354148 
18.Shuckstack4020Western Great Smoky Mountains3001172010-01-23
19.Rich Mountain3670Bald Mountains71070 
20.Moores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont1439158 
21.Rendezvous Mountain2440N NC Blue Ridge Crest16026 
22.Panther Top2293Georgia Blue Ridge49325 

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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.

Note that Mount Noble and Chambers Mountain have been removed from this list in the 2018-2019 timeframe due to private land access issues.


     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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