9 miles
1,972 ft
-1,974 ft
3,169 ft
High Point

The trail starts at the Kitsuma trailhead through a gentle forest road next to Interstate 40 then quickly goes straight up as the 14 switchbacks hammer your thighs. When the forest floor is somewhat dry, it's possible, but challenging, to clear all of the switchbacks on the way to Kitsuma Peak. After the initial ascent, enjoy being fooled by a quick downhill before being greeted by the second, steep but short climb. After the two lung-busters, there is a beautiful, mellow ridge ride where you are graced by some nice views of Mt. Mitchell before you start the hair-raising descent.

The legendary 2.8 mile downhill towards the Old Fort picnic area begins with a rocky descent into a quick left-hand switchback. Water bars, doubles, drops and a couple of berms accent the ridiculously fast, sometimes narrow and flowy track through the forest. If the trail is wet, watch the roots on the trail as they may have the urge to throw your wheel off the skinny sections of trail.

Once you wipe the grin off your face in the Old Fort picnic area, turn left on Old US 70, and then take the first left into a paved road closed to motor vehicles. Follow this winding 5 mile mellow climb and then hang a left back on Royal George Road back to the Kitsuma trailhead.

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  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
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More Stats for Kitsuma mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -1 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,605 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,701 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,700 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    826 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

Point Lookout Trail Greenway
Nov 3, 2018 @ 7:47am
Nov 3, 2018
Oct 21, 2018 @ 11:19am
Oct 21, 2018
After the first left hand switchback headed downhill, there is a rut that has formed before the wallride that follows the switchback. Riders that frequent Kitsuma may end up in an awkward situation if they attempt to hit the wallride.
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