Riding areaKitsuma Peak
Black Mountain, North Carolina
Bike typeAM, XC
DirectionDownhill PrimaryPopular direction shown
Climb DifficultyBlack Diamond
TTFs on trailRoller Coaster
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 climb2 miles
Distance down3 miles
Distance flat1,014 ft
Avg reverse time00:01:02
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
Kitsuma Trail Reports
Mar 16, 2018 @ 10:02amMar 16, 2018
|Big tree has been cut to clear the trail|
Feb 20, 2018 @ 1:44pmFeb 20, 2018
|Two trees still down near end of trail. Just a couple places wet, pretty dry for all the rain we have been having.|
Feb 3, 2018 @ 12:01pmFeb 3, 2018
|Two trees down just before you finished the trail, muddy because of icy areas. Large tree down across trail, blocking trail|
Dec 17, 2017 @ 4:32amDec 17, 2017
|Please do not ride until it refreezes or dries out. Major mud, some ice and 2 large trees are down. Never seen it this bad.|
Dec 16, 2017 @ 7:07amDec 16, 2017
|Incredibly muddy. No real control due to mud in areas.dd|
Routes with this trail
|Kitsuma Shuttle Run||5 miles|
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