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North Carolina 5000-foot Peaks

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Showing James Barlow's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (0 out of 185, or 0%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft  Prom-Ft Range (Level 5)Isol-MiAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell66846089Black Mountains1189.0 
2.Clingmans Dome66434503Central Great Smoky Mountains70.7 
3.Roan High Knob62853485Roan-Unaka Mountains18.8 
4.Huckleberry Knob55603400Unicoi Mountains29.4 
5.Richland Balsam64103010Great Balsam Mountains27.1 
6.Standing Indian54992819Georgia Blue Ridge32.4 
7.Crabtree Bald53202680Newfound Mountain Region11.6 
8.Big Bald55162556Bald Mountains15.9 
9.Grandfather Mountain59462426N NC Blue Ridge Crest14.7 
10.Cheoah Bald50622357Cheoah Mountains8.2 
11.Snake Mountain55602240Beech-Snake-Rich16.0 
12.Waterrock Knob62921947Plott Balsams10.6 
13.Tusquitee Bald52401720Nantahala Mountains7.8 
14.Wine Spring Bald54401680Nantahala Mountains9.8 
15.Bluff Mountain51001620Beech-Snake-Rich4.0 
16.Mount Guyot66211581Eastern Great Smoky Mountains16.7 
17.Cataloochee Balsam59701547Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6.1 
18.Yellow Mountain51271527South NC Blue Ridge Crest15.2 
19.Beech Mountain54801440Beech-Snake-Rich6.2 
20.Unaka Mountain51801420Roan-Unaka Mountains8.2 
21.Mount Pisgah57211361Great Balsam Mountains5.6 
22.Boteler Peak50101331Nantahala Mountains6.1 
23.Three Top Mountain50001269Beech-Snake-Rich2.4 
24.Coxcomb Mountain54431163Black Mountains2.3 
25.Big Bald53071147Roan-Unaka Mountains4.6 
26.Thunderhead Mountain55271087Western Great Smoky Mountains7.9 
27.Sugar Mountain52001080N NC Blue Ridge Crest3.1 
28.Stratton Bald53601040Unicoi Mountains3.4 
28.Siler Bald52001040Nantahala Mountains2.1 
30.Copper Ridge Bald52561020Nantahala Mountains3.8 
31.Craggy Dome60801000Great Craggy Mountains3.4 
31.Elk Knob55201000Beech-Snake-Rich1.7 
31.Yellow Bald52401000Georgia Blue Ridge3.1 
31.Hanging Rock52001000Beech-Snake-Rich2.6 
35.Cold Mountain6030990Great Balsam Mountains4.3 
36.Black Balsam Knob6214989Great Balsam Mountains6.9 
37.Bunches Bald5480984Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.1 
38.Rich Mountain Bald5372932Beech-Snake-Rich1.2 
39.Doubletop Mountain5481921Great Balsam Mountains3.3 
40.Hump Mountain5587907Roan-Unaka Mountains4.3 
41.Shortoff Mountain5000880South NC Blue Ridge Crest1.9 
42.The Peak5160840Beech-Snake-Rich5.4 
43.Lickstone Bald5700806Great Balsam Mountains2.2 
44.Cammerer Ridge5042800Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.1 
45.Mount Hardy6120760Great Balsam Mountains3.4 
45.Green Knob5080760N NC Blue Ridge Crest2.5 
47.High Rocks5190710Central Great Smoky Mountains4.8 
48.Ridgepole Mountain5043683Georgia Blue Ridge2.3 
49.Big Butt5920680Black Mountains2.9 
50.Mount Sterling5842663Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.8 
51.Yellow Mountain5000659Georgia Blue Ridge1.2 
52.Mount Kephart6217657Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.7 
53.Little Yellow Mountain5504651Roan-Unaka Mountains1.9 
54.Grassy Ridge Bald6160648Roan-Unaka Mountains2.3 
55.Walker Bald5400640Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.3 
56.Big Cataloochee Mountain6155635Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.6 
57.Celo Knob6327607Black Mountains3.5 
58.Little Bald Knob5040600Georgia Blue Ridge1.3 
59.Blockhouse Mountain5470590Western Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
59.Lane Pinnacle5230590Great Craggy Mountains1.6 
61.Lower Hyatt Ridge5020580Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.9 
62.Nettle Creek Bald5160578Central Great Smoky Mountains3.5 
63.Mount Chapman6417577Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
64.Newton Bald5160560Central Great Smoky Mountains5.1 
64.Blue Knob5000560Black Mountains1.1 
66.Snaggy Bald5471551Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
67.Green Knob5056523Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
68.Pilot Mountain5080521Great Balsam Mountains1.9 
69.Steestachee Bald5680520Great Balsam Mountains2.4 
69.Breakneck Ridge5440520Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.5 
71.Little Bald Knob5640512Eastern Great Smoky Mountains3.3 
72.North Eaglenest Mountain5071511Plott Balsams2.5 
73.Rich Benchmark5106506Great Balsam Mountains1.6 
74.Rough Butt Bald5920480Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
75.Sandymush Bald5152472Newfound Mountain Region2.7 
76.Cosby Knob5160466Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
77.Mount Collins6188465Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
77.The Pinnacle5665465N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.7 
79.Blackstock Knob6320440Black Mountains1.6 
79.Little Hump Mountain5440440Roan-Unaka Mountains1.3 
79.Snowball Mountain5360440Great Craggy Mountains1.1 
82.Laurel Top5907427Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.9 
83.Indian Knob5137417Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
84.Becks Bald5053413Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.8 
85.Mount Gibbes6520400Black Mountains2.0 
85.Buck Knob5600400Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
85.Rocky Bald5320400Nantahala Mountains1.1 
85.South Hooper Bald5160400Unicoi Mountains.7 
89.High Top5263383Great Balsam Mountains1.7 
90.Saddle Tree Gap Peak5249369Unicoi Mountains1.4 
91.Plott Balsam Mountain6088368Plott Balsams1.6 
92.Balsam Cone6600360Black Mountains.9 
92.Mount Lyn Lowry6240360Plott Balsams1.5 
92.Sam Knob6040360Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
92.Fryingpan Mountain5320360Great Balsam Mountains2.3 
96.Point Misery5715355Black Mountains1.2 
97.Lower Hughes Ridge5188348Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.0 
98.Rich Mountain Bald5583343Great Balsam Mountains2.1 
99.Whim Knob5501341Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
100.Brier Knob5215335Western Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
101.Eagle Rocks5849329Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
102.Potato Hill Bald5219328Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
103.Purchase Knob5086326Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
104.Peak 54015401321Plott Balsams.8 
105.Grassy Cove Top6040320Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
105.Bullhead Mountain5920320Great Craggy Mountains.8 
105.Hemphill Bald5520320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
105.Graybeard Mountain5360320N NC Blue Ridge Crest1.7 
105.Moody Top5320320Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
105.Little Bald Mountain5280320Great Balsam Mountains1.2 
105.Big Bald5280320Great Balsam Mountains.8 
105.Cold Spring Knob5200320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.7 
105.Big Butt5080320Georgia Blue Ridge.8 
105.Mount Davis5040320Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
105.Perry Top5040320Plott Balsams1.0 
116.Luftee Knob6234314Eastern Great Smoky Mountains2.2 
117.Yellow Face6032312Plott Balsams1.0 
118.Coward Bald5187307Great Balsam Mountains.7 
119.Peak 56805680304Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
120.Mount Craig6647287Black Mountains.9 
121.Bearwallow Knob5085285Black Mountains.5 
122.Winter Star Mountain6203283Black Mountains1.0 
123.Cold Spring Knob5920280Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
123.Chiltoes Mountain5880280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.3 
123.Brown Lead5600280Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
123.Laurel Patch Bald5560280Great Balsam Mountains.5 
123.Hawk Mountain5440280Roan-Unaka Mountains.8 
123.Little Bald5200280Bald Mountains1.3 
123.Big Scaly5040280Georgia Blue Ridge.5 
130.Porters-False Peak5572252Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.2 
131.Marks Knob6169249Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
132.Silers Bald5607247Central Great Smoky Mountains1.4 
133.Upper Highland Ridge5166246Eastern Great Smoky Mountains1.1 
134.Shining Rock6000240Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
134.Attic Window Peak5880240N NC Blue Ridge Crest.8 
134.Lone Bald5880240Great Balsam Mountains.5 
134.Balsam High Top5720240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
134.Big Junction East5480240Unicoi Mountains1.6 
134.Ogle Ridge5440240Black Mountains.9 
134.Pinnacle Bald5400240Plott Balsams.7 
134.Birdstand Mountain5280240Great Balsam Mountains.9 
134.Cataloochee Divide5040240Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.9 
 Peak 49604960240Newfound Mountain Region.5 
143.Craggy Pinnacle5892233Great Craggy Mountains.5 
144.Peak 51495149229Nantahala Mountains.9 
145.Soco Gap North5065225Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
146.Mount Yonaguska6178218Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
147.Campbell Lick5576216Plott Balsams1.1 
148.Reinhart Knob6080200Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
148.Spot Knob5800200Great Balsam Mountains.7 
148.Old Bald5760200Great Balsam Mountains1.0 
148.Herrin Knob5720200Great Balsam Mountains.4 
148.Sugartree Licks North5360200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
148.Albert Mountain5200200Georgia Blue Ridge.4 
148.Yellow Spot5080200Roan-Unaka Mountains1.0 
148.Rocky Bald5080200Nantahala Mountains1.0 
148.Eaglenest Ridge5040200Plott Balsams.9 
148.Fie Top5040200Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
158.Haw Knob5472192Unicoi Mountains.8 
159.Mount Squires5070190Western Great Smoky Mountains1.0 
160.Heintooga Bald5266186Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
161.Little Sam Knob5862182Great Balsam Mountains.5 
162.De Armond Bald5136176Western Great Smoky Mountains.4 
163.Potrock Bald5215175Nantahala Mountains.7 
164.Gage Bald5574174Great Balsam Mountains.6 
165.Old Black6370170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
165.Blackrock Mountain5810170Plott Balsams1.3 
165.Pecks Corner South5490170Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
168.Masa Knob5680166Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
169.MacRae Peak5845165N NC Blue Ridge Crest.1 
170.Mount Sequoyah6003163Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.6 
171.Chestnut Bald6000160Great Balsam Mountains1.3 
171.Andrews Bald5920160Central Great Smoky Mountains.8 
171.Round Bald5800160Roan-Unaka Mountains.6 
171.Flat Spring Knob5680160Black Mountains.4 
171.Craggy Gardens5680160Great Craggy Mountains.4 
171.Graveyard Ridge5600160Great Balsam Mountains.5 
171.Charley Bald5520160Great Balsam Mountains.4 
171.Setzer Mountain5480160Plott Balsams.5 
171.Big Yellow Mountain5440160Roan-Unaka Mountains2.0 
171.Bald Knob5400160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.6 
171.Little Pisgah Mountain5280160Great Balsam Mountains.5 
171.Rocky Knob South5240160N NC Blue Ridge Crest.7 
171.Licklog Mountain5160160Black Mountains.7 
171.Beech Mountain-East Summit5160160Beech-Snake-Rich1.2 
171.Sunup Knob5000160Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Hooper Bald5429149Unicoi Mountains.8 
 Roan High Bluff6267147Roan-Unaka Mountains1.5 
 Lost Knob5467147Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Docks Gap East5065145Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Wayah Bald5342142Nantahala Mountains1.1 
 Mount Hallback6329129Black Mountains.0 
 Old Butt Knob5525125Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Walker Knob5482122Black Mountains.3 
 Dog Loser Knob5761121Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Cattail Peak6600120Black Mountains1.5 
 Browning Knob6240120Plott Balsams.3 
 Gibbs Mountain6200120Black Mountains.7 
 Tennent Mountain6040120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Green Knob5880120Great Balsam Mountains1.4 
 Little Bearpen North5720120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Charlies Bunion5560120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Buck Knob5560120Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Tanasee Bald5560120Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Brush Fence Ridge5480120Black Mountains.4 
 Beartown Mountain5480120Roan-Unaka Mountains.5 
 Parker Knob5400120Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Middle Top5160120Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Little Haw Knob5160120Unicoi Mountains.4 
 Dead Line Ridge5040120Nantahala Mountains.4 
 Three Top Mountain-Big Rock5000120Beech-Snake-Rich2.1 
 Weatherman Bald4960120Nantahala Mountains.4 
 Wolfden Knob4960120Great Craggy Mountains.4 
 Potato Hill6475115Black Mountains.2 
 Ledge Bald5184114Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Mount Hardison613494Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 Grassy Bald561393Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 The Sawteeth545292Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Stairs Mountain588090Great Balsam Mountains.5 
 Spruce Mountain564787Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.8 
 Mount Ambler612086Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 High Knob516383Black Mountains.3 
 Ross Knob508082Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.7 
 Percys Peak620080Black Mountains.3 
 Flower Knob588080Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Devils Courthouse572080Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Beartrap Knob556080Great Balsam Mountains.3 
 Beech Knob516080Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Elk Hollow Ridge516080Roan-Unaka Mountains.4 
 Hawkbill Rock496080Great Craggy Mountains.2 
 Tater Hill519474Beech-Snake-Rich.5 
 Bear Ridge554868Black Mountains.3 
 Matlock Bald501454Nantahala Mountains.4 
 Jenkins Knob556053Central Great Smoky Mountains.2 
 Big Pine Mountain553353Black Mountains.3 
 Seniard Mountain505252Great Balsam Mountains.2 
 Bearpen Knob528848Great Craggy Mountains.3 
 Rocky Top544141Western Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Clingmans Peak652040Black Mountains2.3 
 Potato Knob640040Black Mountains.3 
 Cloudland Mountain620040Roan-Unaka Mountains.3 
 Grassy Ridge612040Roan-Unaka Mountains.3 
 Thermo Knob608040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.5 
 Silvermine Bald596040Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Jane Bald580040Roan-Unaka Mountains.4 
 Little Butt560040Black Mountains.3 
 Soco Bald544040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.4 
 The Narrows532040Great Balsam Mountains.4 
 Linville Peak528040N NC Blue Ridge Crest.2 
 Hangover516040Unicoi Mountains.4 
 Pinnacle Mountain500040Georgia Blue Ridge.2 
 Leatherwood Top500040Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Snake Mountain-North Peak551838Beech-Snake-Rich.4 
 Tricorner Knob614525Eastern Great Smoky Mountains.3 
 Fork River Bald554020Great Balsam Mountains.5 

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List Description

The "Southern Sixers" or "South beyond 6000" peaks are well-known and get a great deal of attention, but the enormous amount of peaks in North Carolina over 5000 feet are not as well documented or attempted.


Much of the groundwork for this list was done by Ivan Ash, who contributed large PDF files of all southeastern USA peaks over 4000 feet to the now-defunct "America's Roof" site.

Tom Pomeroy was instrumental in getting this long-dormant list cleaned up and published, and he helped with countless corrections and updates to the work done by Ivan and myself.


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