4 miles
Distance
893 ft
Climb
-1,959 ft
Descent
00:50:03
Avg time
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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
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • 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
    #520 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    100 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 85 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
  • Altitude change
    -1,068 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,638 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,151 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,706 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,638 ft
  • Grade
    -4.524%
  • Grade max
    -50.963%
  • Grade min
    38.733%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    742 ft
  • Avg time
    00:50:03
  • Avg reverse time
    00:14:19
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Status:
on Jul 29, 2020
Ideal
Avg: 4.8 (23 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • White
  • Green
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  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

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  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
  • Summit Summit
  • Other Other
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      Kitsuma Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Jul 29, 2020 @ 8:09am
      Jul 29, 2020
      Jul 17, 2020 @ 11:59am
      Jul 17, 2020
      Apr 26, 2020 @ 9:25am
      Apr 26, 2020
      Some braking bumps, overall trail in good shape
      Apr 26, 2020 @ 9:25am
      Apr 26, 2020
      Some braking bumps, overall good condition
      Apr 26, 2020 @ 9:25am
      Apr 26, 2020
      Some braking bumps near the top, overall running great!
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 13 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 386 rides
      • 15 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,010 rides
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      Photos

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      28 |
      Apr 12, 2020 @ 10:12am
      Apr 12, 2020
      40 |
      Nov 12, 2019 @ 7:40pm
      Nov 12, 2019
      61 |
      Aug 7, 2019 @ 2:33pm
      Aug 7, 2019
      123 |
      Apr 17, 2019 @ 2:22pm
      Apr 17, 2019

      Routes with this trail

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

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • - 2
      flag LegitBiker9000 (May 10, 2019 at 8:24)
       Its a great trail to shuttle, so i recommend doing that. However don't climb up it, don't be that annoying guy who thinks so much of themselves because you'll get run the f*** over, go do that at dupant.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      flag 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
      flag 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
      flag 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.
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