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Carolina Lookout Tower Challenge

Carolina Mountain Club

Showing Tom Pomeroy's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (21 out of 22, or 95.45%)

RankPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 5) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.Mount Mitchell6684Black Mountains608918712003-07-01
2.Clingmans Dome6643Central Great Smoky Mountains450319352006-08-05
3.Mount Sterling5842Eastern Great Smoky Mountains6631472013-05-30
4.Wayah Bald5342Nantahala Mountains1422202008-06-19
5.Fryingpan Mountain5320Great Balsam Mountains3601082010-05-29
6.Albert Mountain5200Georgia Blue Ridge2001952013-04-02
7.Yellow Mountain5127South NC Blue Ridge Crest1527542014-09-27
8.Green Knob5080N NC Blue Ridge Crest760832007-10-27
9.Cowee Bald4944Cowee Mountains1664372008-06-21
10.Mount Cammerer4928Eastern Great Smoky Mountains8178 
11.Camp Creek Bald4844Bald Mountains724822013-05-29
12.Little Snowball Mountain - Northeast Peak4720Great Craggy Mountains80282013-05-28
13.Joanna Bald4716Unicoi Mountains1316432013-05-30
14.Barnett Knob4665Eastern Great Smoky Mountains516492013-05-29
15.Wesser Bald4627Nantahala Mountains7471572013-04-06
16.Flat Top Mountain4558N NC Blue Ridge Crest10781352013-05-16
17.Bearwallow Mountain4232South NC Blue Ridge Crest13541732013-05-18
18.Shuckstack4020Western Great Smoky Mountains3001362013-04-11
19.Rich Mountain3670Bald Mountains710922013-05-29
20.Moores Knob2579Eastern Carolina Piedmont14391912012-04-21
21.Rendezvous Mountain2440N NC Blue Ridge Crest160382013-05-16
22.Panther Top2293Georgia Blue Ridge493342013-05-21

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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.


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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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