Kitsuma Trail

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  4.6 from 5 votes
blueBlack  Intermediate/Difficult from 5 votes
Rank: #46 in the West and Mountains area
#48 in NC, #1,570 Overall
Views: 407. Last 30 days: 26
Trail in the area near Black Mountain,
“A challenging climb, followed by an incredibly fun and fast descent.”
Michael Ahnemann on May 27, 2014
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4.57.3 milesKilometers 614’187 m Ascent 3,164’964 m High 10% Avg Grade (6°)
Singletrack Type -1,727’-526 m Descent 1,610’491 m Low 33% Max Grade (18°)
The trail starts at the Kitsuma trailhead through a gentle forest road next to Interstate 40 then quickly goes straight up as the 14 switchbacks hammer your thighs. When the forest floor is somewhat dry, it's possible, but challenging, to clear all of the switchbacks on the way to Kitsuma Peak. After the initial ascent, enjoy being fooled by a quick downhill before being greeted by the second, steep but short climb. After the two lung-busters, there is a beautiful, mellow ridge ride where you are graced by some nice views of Mt. Mitchell before you start the hair-raising descent.

The legendary 2.8 mile downhill towards the Old Fort picnic area begins with a rocky descent into a quick left-hand switchback. Water bars, doubles, drops and a couple of berms accent the ridiculously fast, sometimes narrow and flowy track through the forest. If the trail is wet, watch the roots on the trail as they may have the urge to throw your wheel off the skinny sections of trail.
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Miles of old-school Pisgah riding that includes one epic descent
near Marion, NC
4.5 (22)
A couple of tough climbs before earning a grin-inducing, fast descent through...
near Black Mountain, NC
4.5 (2)
A great endurance ride with lots of climbing. An alternate climb to the top ...
near Black Mountain, NC

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PHOTOS of Kitsuma Trail
  3.3 from 3 votes
Bombing down Kitzuma Trail (Black Mountain, NC)
  3.3 from 3 votes
Switchbacks !!!! Very tough first 1 mile. (Black Mountain, NC)
  3.0 from 3 votes
Sign at trailhead (Montreat, NC)
  3.0 from 1 vote
Flow riding with Singletrailer. (Black Mountain, NC)
  1.3 from 3 votes
The bottom of Kitsuma at the picnic grounds before Old US 70 (Black Mountain, NC)