5 miles
Distance
964 ft
Climb
-2,025 ft
Descent
00:39:48
Avg time
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Kitsuma Details

  • 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
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on trail
    Roller Coaster
  • Global Ranking
    #475

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 mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,061 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,606 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,151 ft
  • Altitude start
    2,667 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,606 ft
  • Grade max
    -50.578%
  • Grade min
    39.086%
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,014 ft
  • Avg time
    00:39:48
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:02
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Status:
on Aug 20, 2018
Dry
Avg: 4.9 (16 votes)

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Trail Style
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to kitsuma trailhead (35.621910, -82.272060)
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Kitsuma Trail Reports

datedescription
Aug 20, 2018 @ 3:47pm
9 hours
Trail was clean
Aug 8, 2018 @ 11:03am
Aug 8, 2018
Large tree down across trail, blocking trail At the bottom of the trail at the LAST fast chute to flat ground, there is a large tree blocking...
Jul 25, 2018 @ 12:59pm
Jul 25, 2018
Jun 24, 2018 @ 11:43am
Jun 24, 2018
Mostly dry some wet must spots as you get to the end at old fort picnic area.
Jun 9, 2018 @ 10:21am
Jun 9, 2018
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Photos

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Jun 17, 2018 @ 8:01pm
Jun 17, 2018
Kitsuma, Asheville
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Feb 22, 2018 @ 3:06pm
Feb 22, 2018
Kitsuma, Charlotte
57 |
Jan 1, 2018 @ 3:54pm
Jan 1, 2018
Kitsuma, Old Fort
51 |
Aug 20, 2017 @ 7:58am
Aug 20, 2017
Kitsuma, My City

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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag LegitBiker9000 (Aug 11, 2018 at 12:51)
 This trail is over hyped, not hard at all, and it dumps you off at the worst possible drop off point, so enjoy riding up a concrete road.
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