5 miles
Distance
964 ft
Climb
-2,025 ft
Descent
00:31:30
Avg time
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Kitsuma Details

  • Riding area
    Kitsuma Peak
    Black Mountain, North Carolina
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Trail type
    Singletrack
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
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  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical rating
    Hard
  • Season
    Year Round
  • TTFs on trail
    Roller Coaster
  • Global Ranking
    #444

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.

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.

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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
    00:31:30
  • Avg reverse time
    00:01:02
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Status:
on Dec 17, 2017
Prevalent Mud
Avg: 4.9 (10 votes)

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Kitsuma Trail Reports

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Dec 17, 2017 @ 4:32am
5 hours
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 @ 7:07am
1 days
Incredibly muddy. No real control due to mud in areas.dd
Nov 17, 2017 @ 10:53am
Nov 17, 2017
Large tree down across trail, blocking trail. Impossible to miss, towards the bottom 1/3rd of the trail. Trail was re-worked recently and it is...
Oct 2, 2017 @ 5:49am
Oct 2, 2017
Sep 22, 2017 @ 9:00am
Sep 22, 2017
Some awesome trail maintenance workers are taking care of a very eroded trail. You will be amazed at the improvement!
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Photos

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Aug 20, 2017 @ 7:58am
Aug 20, 2017
Kitsuma, My City
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May 26, 2017 @ 5:07pm
May 26, 2017
Kitsuma, Asheville
113 |
Jul 13, 2016 @ 10:15am
Jul 13, 2016
Kitsuma, Asheville
217 |
Nov 7, 2015 @ 10:57am
Nov 7, 2015
Kitsuma, Asheville

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