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.
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 min1,606 ft
Altitude max3,151 ft
Altitude start2,667 ft
Altitude end1,606 ft
Distance climb1.9 miles
Distance down2.8 miles
Distance flat1,014 ft
Avg reverse time00:01:29
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Kitsuma Trail Reports
May 26, 2017 @ 5:06pm2 days
|Large tree down across trail, blocking trail|
Jan 27, 2017 @ 4:25pmJan 27, 2017
|Ridge is fine, more leafy as you go down, wet at the bottom. Deadfall has been cleared.|
Aug 10, 2016 @ 11:23amAug 10, 2016
|Muddy in spots. Some storm debris.|
Jul 22, 2016 @ 5:43amJul 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 @ 10:08amJul 13, 2016
|Large tree down across trail, blocking trail, approx midway through descent|
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