4.5 miles
Distance
656 ft
Climb
-1,738 ft
Descent
00:54:01
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Kitsuma Trail

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    Land Manager

Kitsuma Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Kitsuma Peak
    Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • Difficulty Rating
  • 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
    90 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 70 in Trail Running
    • 40 in Hiking
  • Land Manager

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.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Kitsuma bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,081 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,641 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,145 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,722 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,640 ft
  • Grade
    -4.6%
  • Grade max
    -49.8%
  • Grade min
    56.3%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,047 ft
  • Avg time
    00:54:01
  • Avg reverse time
    00:58:59
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on Oct 10, 2021
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Avg: 4.75 (34 votes)

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  • Ideal
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      Kitsuma Trail Reports

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      Oct 10, 2021 @ 2:52pm
      Oct 10, 2021
      Large Tree down at chest level after a blind hill about 150 yards from the bottom end of the trail. Use extreme caution once you get down off of...
      Oct 1, 2021 @ 11:56am
      Oct 1, 2021
      This trail is developing some serious braking bumps, and is pretty torn up in general right now!
      Sep 10, 2021 @ 9:17am
      Sep 10, 2021
      All clear, thanks whoever cleared up the aforementioned downed trees!
      Aug 11, 2021 @ 5:15am
      Aug 11, 2021
      Tree down on the big hip jump at the end of trail near the campground. Not a good line of site. You will absolutely have a bad crash if you roll...
      Jun 23, 2021 @ 5:47am
      Jun 23, 2021
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 12 rides
      • 14 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 444 rides
      • 19 miles avg distance
      All
      • 2,080 rides
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      Trail Lists

      Routes with this trail

      titleratingdistance
      Kitsuma
      9 miles
      Heartbreak-Kitsuma Shuttle
      16 miles
      Kitsuma Shuttle Run
      5 miles

      10 Reviews & Comments

      • + 2
      SCxXxMTB (Aug 25, 2019 at 20:32)
       It's not supposed to hard... it's a speed ripper. This trail is a flow trail on steroids and is pretty great. Anytime you point downhill you pick up speed fast. Has a few turns that sneak up on you so be aware
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Greedfox (Jul 9, 2020 at 21:34)
       The best downhill in asheville. Catch it after a rain and it is at it's best imo, but make sure to do a full bike check before you come. The climb up the greenway is easy and nice, and has a beautiful overlook, but shuttling will cut the climb in half.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      MeRiding (Jul 19, 2020 at 16:21)
       Find it overrated. Prefer riding Avery Creek, Bennet Gap or Lower Black Mountain in Pisgah or Big or Cedar Rock in DuPont.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Dknox20 (Oct 28, 2020 at 5:14)
       The climb to the trail is not hard and if it werent for the overlooks it would be really boring on paved road. However, when you start riding the switchbacks on Kitsuma its going to take a lot of grinding it out????. The downhill was great and really long so worth it but if you want to hit it again you really need a shuttle. All of the DH features on the trail had an easier path if you dont want to jump. The first downhill though was a little intimidating with how steep it was. Just take it easy and enjoy.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      taospinner (May 1, 2021 at 21:58)
       I agree with Meriding. This trail is good but not great like the awesome Pisgah stuff. In regards to Legita*shole9000’s comment- don’t be that guy who runs over people on the way down. There are hikers who use this trail and cyclists who ride up this two way trail so keep a keen eye out for others and please respect those who actually enjoy steep technical climbing.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      Poehlman356 (Sep 21, 2021 at 18:03)
       J
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      • + 0
      abovejl (Sep 28, 2021 at 17:31)
       Seems to be a bunch of whiny comments on here so don't believe the naysayers. Don't be a shuttle bunny and Ride the whole loop. Get stronger and do 2 laps. Work on getting even stronger and link it up with Star Gap and Heartbreak. Now you have become a Pisgah rider!
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      brass-munky (Oct 10, 2021 at 14:52)
       Don't be a whimp. Pedal it or shut up about the climb.
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