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Georgia 4000 Challenge Peaks

Peak Selection Criteria

  • The summit must be at least 4,000 feet in elevation
  • The summit must have 120 feet of clean prominence. This means there must be at least 120 feet from the key saddle (lowest point) connecting the intermediate summit to a higher summit. Clean prominence of 120 feet could mean as much as 200 feet of actual prominence if the summit is 40 feet higher than the last closed contour line and the saddle is 40 feet lower than the last closed contour line.
  • No specific isolation criteria was used. However, each peak is at least a half mile distant from the summit of the nearest qualifying peak.
  • The result is the list of 32 peaks below. The source for prominence is US Topo which is an extract of the National Map by the USGS with the Georgia update of 2014.

Name

Elevation

Land Area

Trail(s)

Notes

Brasstown Bald

4784

Brasstown Wilderness

Paved walking trail from parking lot

NatGeo incorrectly shows 4668 elevation

Rabun Bald

4696

Warwoman WMA

Bartram (FS164), Rabun Bald (FS211)

Old stone tower with wooden viewing platform on top

Dicks Knob

4643

S Nantahala Wilderness

Bushwhack

Nearby Little Bald is just north in NC and is over 5040 ft. USGS TopoQuest and USGS US Topo does not show 4640 line (elev may be overstated)

Hightower Bald

4588

S Nantahala Wilderness

Bushwhack

Montgomery Corner - small deviation in GA/NC border. Many sources list elev of 4568

Unnamed - Wolfpen Ridge (south)

4561

Brasstown Wilderness

Jacks Knob Trail (FS45)

NatGeo incorrectly shows 4668 elevation, summit is just off of trail. Clean prominence of 200

Blood Mountain

4458

Blood Mtn Wilderness

AT

Stone shelter on top. Vogel State Park shows 4458

Tray Mountain

4430

Tray Mtn Wilderness

AT

Trail crosses peak

Grassy Ridge

4406

S Nantahala Wilderness

Near old Grassy Ridge Trail

Short bushwhack, trail continues to AT in NC at Carter Gap around Ridgepole Mtn (5043 ft)

Slaughter Mountain

4338

Blood Mtn Wilderness

Near Duncan Ridge (FS4), Coosa Backcountry (FS111)

Short bushwhack (nearby trail is both Duncan Ridge (4) and Coosa Backcountry (111))

Chimneytop Mountain (Arkaquah)

4303

Brasstown Wilderness

Arkaquah (FS29)

Clean prominence of 120ft add 23ft from summit to last elev line = 143. Short path to summit from trail

Double Spring Knob

4276

Swallow Creek WMA

Near AT

Short bushwhack. USGS TopoQuest shows 4280 line

Coosa Bald

4271

Cooper Creek WMA

Duncan Ridge (FS4)

Trail crosses peak. USGS TopoQuest shows 4280 line. Vogel State Park shows 4271

Eagle Mountain

4259

S Nantahala Wilderness

Bushwhack

Old trail from Bell Gap

Flint Knob

4240

Chattahoochee NF

Bushwhack from old trail near Alex Gap

No actual summit elev measured and 120ft clean prominence. NW half of mountain is private land

Brier Creek Bald

4163

Swallow Creek WMA

Near AT & Near FS road 698

Short bushwhack

Rich Knob

4152

S Nantahala Wilderness

Near AT

Short bushwhack from GA/NC border on AT

Cowpen Mountain

4151

Cohutta Wilderness

Near East Cowpen Trail (FS30)

Short bushwhack

Sassafras Knob

4121

S Nantahala Wilderness

Bushwhack

Access the area from Egypt Gap

Flat Top

4114

Warwoman WMA

Near Bartram (FS164)

Short bushwhack

Unnamed - Locust Ridge

4108

Brasstown Wilderness

Near Arkaquah Trail (FS29)

Clean prominence of 120ft add 28ft from summit to last elev line = 148. May also be called Blue Bluff. Short bushwhack

Alex Mountain

4080

Chattahoochee NF

Old trail from Bartram and Alex Gap

NE half of mountain is private land

Big Bald Mountain

4076

Rich Mtn Wilderness

Near FS road 338

Bushwhack. USGS TopoQuest shows 4075 - NatGeo likely raised this after the 1988 North American Vertical Datum adjustment

Mayapple Knob

4054

S Nantahala Wilderness

Bushwhack

Very remote. Faint path connects with Sassafras and Rattlesnake

Double Knob (South Peak)

4040

Brasstown Wilderness

Near Wagon Train Trail (FS44)

Long and difficult bushwhack. US Topo notes 4000 contour line only while USGS TopoQuest shows 4040 at South Peak

Horsetrough Mountain

4040

Mark Trail Wilderness

AT access

Long bushwhack

Rich Mountain

4040

Rich Mtn Wilderness

Near FS road 338

Bushwhack, old tower foundation on top

Rocky Mountain

4017

Swallow Creek WMA

AT

Summit just off trail in camping area

Bald Mountain

4005

Cohutta Wilderness

Tearbritches Trail (FS9)

Little Bald Mtn overlook and Grassy Mtn tower are good nearby hikes

Blue Mountain

4000

Mark Trail Wilderness

AT

Trail crosses peak

Rattlesnake Knob

4000

S Nantahala Wilderness

Bushwhack

NatGeo incorrectly shows 3960 elevation

Spaniards Knob

4000

Mark Trail Wilderness

AT access

Long bushwhack, double summit with neither clearly higher (hike both)

Tickanetley Bald

4000

Rich Mtn Wilderness

Near FS road 338

Old trail from FS road 338 just west of Rich Mtn

Other High Areas

  • Chimney Top (North on Wolfpen Ridge - elev 4117). Clean prominence of only 80ft add 37ft from summit to last elev line = 117. Does not qualify.
  • Little Bald Mtn (4400 elev) north of Brasstown Bald. No actual summit elev measured and 80ft clean prominence. Does not qualify.
  • Unnamed summit (4400 elev) between Flint Knob and Rabun Bald. No actual summit elev measured and 80ft clean prominence. Does not qualify.
  • Rocky Mtn and other Brasstown adjoining ridges
  • Shooting Creek Bald near Hightower Bald