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Kitsuma Trail

 14 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

Low

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Minor Issues

48 days agoUpdate

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

Mike Ahnemann

Overview

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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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Dec 2, 2017
Connor Woodruff
Nov 30, 2017
Taylor Bradley
Nov 15, 2017
Peter Sullivan
Oct 12, 2017
Forrest Cory
Muddy Kitsuma shuttle 4.6mi
Jun 2, 2017
Whit Barnes
7mi
Apr 29, 2017
Scott McLerran
Feb 19, 2017
Tyler James
Jun 27, 2016
Tyle Stelzig
With dad, Hiram, and pat. Awesome!

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  4.9 from 14 votes

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Minor Issues 48 days ago
Dry, Fallen Trees: Fallen tree before steep switchback. Some leaves, but mostly clear.
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What an amazing trail, this trail is fast and flowy. Don't worry to much about the climb, most of it is a paved gradual road with the exception fo the part that leaves the parking lot at the top. Aug 17, 2017

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