5 miles
Distance
964 ft
Climb
-2,025 ft
Descent
00:43:46
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Kitsuma Trail

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
    #520 in Mountain Biking

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 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
    00:43:46
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:02
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Status:
on Nov 28, 2018
Freeze/thaw Cycle
Avg: 4.9 (16 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • Downhill Primary
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  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • 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 Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • 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
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
Directions to kitsuma trailhead (35.621910, -82.272060)
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Kitsuma Trail Reports

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Nov 28, 2018 @ 9:14am
Nov 28, 2018
Tons of leaves on trail basically from the second downhill section down. The further down trail, the more leaves. Had to ride restrained because I...
Oct 21, 2018 @ 11:19am
Oct 21, 2018
After the first left hand switchback headed downhill, there is a rut that has formed before the wallride that follows the switchback. Riders that...
Oct 20, 2018 @ 5:33pm
Oct 20, 2018
Sep 23, 2018 @ 6:24am
Sep 23, 2018
Dirt is so good right now! Tree down near the top so be on the lookout but clear the rest of the way.
Aug 30, 2018 @ 7:53am
Aug 30, 2018
It poured Midway through our ride. Got pretty muddy, not sure if that's normal for the trail or not. Still ridable.
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Photos

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Oct 20, 2018 @ 1:04pm
Oct 20, 2018
Kitsuma, Chicagoland
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Oct 20, 2018 @ 1:04pm
Oct 20, 2018
Kitsuma, Chicagoland
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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

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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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