4.5 miles
Distance
648 ft
Climb
-1,733 ft
Descent
00:51:37
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Kitsuma Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Kitsuma Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Kitsuma Peak
    Old Fort, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Blue (4 votes)
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Year Round
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Roller Coaster
  • Global Ranking
    #1022 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #84260 in Trail Running
    • #37638 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    95 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 40 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

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.

Disclaimer

KITSUMA PINNACLE & steep chute(the only left hand fork) IS OFF LIMITS TO BIKES. HIKERS ONLY.

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More Stats for Kitsuma multi-use trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,086 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,641 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,145 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,726 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,640 ft
  • Grade
    -4.6%
  • Grade max
    -48.5%
  • Grade min
    56.3%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,270 ft
  • Avg time
    00:51:37
  • Avg reverse time
    01:09:16
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on Apr 25, 2024
Ideal
Avg: 4.6 (51 votes)
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      Kitsuma Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 11 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 269 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      All
      • 4,354 rides
      • Last: Jun 15, 2024

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      Jun 10, 2023

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