Kitsuma Trail

 6 votes

4.5 Miles 7.3 Kilometers

Singletrack

614' 187 m

Ascent

-1,727' -526 m

Descent

3,164' 964 m

High

1,610' 491 m

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10%

Avg Grade (6°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

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3,164' 964 m

High

1,610' 491 m

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

A challenging climb, followed by an incredibly fun and fast descent.

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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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Jun 27, 2016
Tyle Stelzig
With dad, Hiram, and pat. Awesome!
Aug 10, 2015
Taylor Bradley
Jul 24, 2015
Hugh Owings
Best in the fall - narrow and tight with low vision

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  4.8 from 6 votes

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