4.9 miles
Distance
964 ft
Climb
-2,025 ft
Descent
00:31:43
Avg time

Kitsuma Details

  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Year Round
  • TTFs on trail
    Roller Coaster
  • Global Ranking
    #319

This is a classic Black Mountain trail and was featured in Freehub Magazine's Pisgah Photo Book: Issue 6.3.
Kitsuma is a point to point singletrack trail that has a machine groomed tread in most parts. A steep, punchy switchback filled climb follows a set of spines from Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain, NC to the parking lot of Old Fort Picnic area. It can be accessed from the base at Old Fort Picnic Grounds or the base of the upper climb.

Access Info

Two parking areas - Kitsuma parking lot via Royal Gorge Rd or Old Fort Picnic Area. The climb from Old Fort picnic area can be either up Old Hwy 70/ Point Lookout Trail (USFS gated paved greenway next to Piney Grove Church) or Mill Creek Road (paved then turns to grave) for a longer climb.

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More Stats for Kitsuma mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,061 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,606 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,151 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,667 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,606 ft
  • Grade max
    -50.578%
  • Grade min
    39.086%
  • Distance climb
    1.9 miles
  • Distance down
    2.8 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,014 ft
  • Avg time
    00:31:43
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Status:
on Aug 10, 2016
Wet
Avg: 5 (3 votes)

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Kitsuma Trail Reports

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Aug 10, 2016 @ 11:23am
Aug 10, 2016
Muddy in spots. Some storm debris.
Jul 22, 2016 @ 5:43am
Jul 22, 2016
Two large downed trees shortly after the final climb, one in the first hard left. Second tree is just past it, but in a very high speed straight...
Jul 13, 2016 @ 10:08am
Jul 13, 2016
Large tree down across trail, blocking trail, approx midway through descent
May 28, 2016 @ 3:46am
May 28, 2016
The trail is pretty great shape and dry. There is some Minor erosion (trail braiding, small ruts developing, brake bumps)
Nov 11, 2015 @ 8:05am
Nov 11, 2015
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Nov 24, 2016 @ 3:15am
Nov 24, 2016
Kitsuma, Black Mountain
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Jul 13, 2016 @ 10:15am
Jul 13, 2016
Kitsuma, Asheville
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Jun 18, 2016 @ 6:15pm
Jun 18, 2016
| 1 comments Kitsuma, Asheville
170 |
Nov 7, 2015 @ 10:57am
Nov 7, 2015
Kitsuma, Asheville

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