9 miles
Distance
1,972 ft
Climb
-1,974 ft
Descent
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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  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Ridelogs
    512
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
    -0.003%
  • Grade max
    -34.482%
  • Grade min
    39.237%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    826 ft
Avg: 5 (2 votes)
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