Kitzuma - TRAIL

Kitzuma - Trail, Black Mountain, Carolina

Several uphill switchbacks to start, followed by what I consider the best downhill section in Pisgah. FAST, technical and dangerous if you don't know where the turns are. Best ride in Pisgah IMO.You can ride back to pking lot on old U.S 70 or do a shuttle run.

User Reviews (32)

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Gentrify it   Downhiller [Oct 27, 2013]

RIP Kitsuma. Don't go expecting the beautiful Rhodo tunnels and challenge this ride once had. Shocked, just wheeled back into the area. I can't help but wonder how hard someone must have worked to remove my favorite eastern mtn biking feature(the rock drop on the left 3/4 of the way down). Looks like the Sissy Off Road Bicycle Association got out their Wussicator and devastated Kitsuma turning it into a smooth sidewalk like the rest of the area. Someone needs to stop this senseless vandalism So you like wussy mtn biking? Well go find your own and quit ruining our fun. Arg!

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2
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2
plantme777   Weekend Warrior [May 08, 2011]

Always has been up in my top 3 NC trails of all time. Rode it yesterday for the first time in a while. It is a good bit smoother than it used to be, but it is still a knock out. It has grown back in to a two foot wide ribbon that allows for 30mph speeds in certain sections. The possibility of too fast is constantly present on this trail, so take care and learn it before you take your finger(s) off the brakes. The super steep part at the top that had all the wash out and roots is now tame, but other than that I have no complaints about the new configuration. It is an amazing little loop, and the ride back up is just as glorious as the singletrack, although in a completely different way. LOVE IT, still a 5.

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5
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4
giundy   Weekend Warrior [Nov 06, 2010]

I just rode this trail today after the much debated maintenance. The trail was a hoot to ride. The switchbacks going up are tough but manageable if you're in good shape. The downhills aren't incredibly challenging but still really fun once you get into the trail's rhythm. Its true the trail is cleared about 4ft wide but it will probably grow mostly back in by spring.

Customer Service

If you're starting at the bottom:
Take the Old Fort Exit, go north on Catawaba to a left on 70. Take a right on Mill Creek and follow that to the Picnic area and park on the left. Mount up and head back to the road, left out of the parking lot. Go up Old 70, you'll pass a barricade, go 4 miles, going up the whole way till you hit another barricade. Keep going straight until you hit an intersection and go left to the other parking lot (do not cross the bridge). The trail head is straight ahead.

Starting in the middle:
Take the Ridgecrest exit. Go right on 70, at the intersection with Yates, go straight to the dead end.

Similar Products Used: Tsali
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5
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4
Climb-n-Bomb   Weekend Warrior [Nov 03, 2007]


Tight and steep switchbacks(all cleanable)but tech 3 to 4 make for a great but strenuous but doable climb. Previous poster clearly not having the skill level to appreciate great single track. The downhill is awesome, very narrow at times but awesome. This is not a beginner trail but if you are intermediate to advanced and are in reasonable shape you will love this trail. The road back is just a spinning but a great cool down and has beautiful scenery all the way back to the parking lot.

Similar Products Used: Pisgah-- Black Mountain, Mullinax/squirrel gap, laurel Mountain, Bent Creek, tsali
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4
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4
Travis   Downhiller [Apr 28, 2007]

I don't know who could classify this as the best downhill in Pisgah. It is more uphill than anything else. Its horrible hike-a-bike uphill to some downhill then up some more, and a few down trees and some more uphill then brief downhill with two to three decent jumps then you are done. I hate to see what would happen to the guys who think this trail is killer if they get on some real downhill. if this trail had a better payoff, maybe more downhill, it would be ok but its DH is not good enough for all the hiking.

Customer Service

Go somewhere else!

Similar Products Used: Don't know.
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1
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5
Travis   Downhiller [Apr 28, 2007]

I don't know who could classify this as the best downhill in Pisgah. It is more uphill than anything else. Its horrible hike-a-bike uphill to some downhill then up some more, and a few down trees and some more uphill then brief downhill with two to three decent jumps then you are done. I hate to see what would happen to the guys who think this trail is killer if they get on some real downhill. if this trail had a better payoff, maybe more downhill, it would be ok but its DH is not good enough for all the hiking.

Customer Service

Go somewhere else!

Similar Products Used: Don't know.
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1
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5
samiller71   Cross Country Rider [Sep 05, 2006]

Trail begins as a flat, wide, grassy straight trail along side of Interstate 40 but it quickly turns into singletrack switchbacks to top of Kitsuma peak. Switchbacks are graded so that much of the climbing is done in the curves and not the straight sections, making for tricky turns. The first half of the descent is the most technical whereas the 2nd half of the descent is moderately technical. The descent is very narrow in many places and any variance from the trail will send you tumbling down a steep slope.

Customer Service

Take Kitsuma/Youngs Ridge trail to Old Fort picnic area, out to Andrews Geiser to cool off in the summer, and back up either the closed Route 70 or the open "Old Route 70".

Similar Products Used: Coleman's Boundary
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4
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2
mtb-er4christ   Cross Country Rider [Mar 26, 2006]

this ride starts out as a tough climb with a dozen or so switchbacks for good measure. After a mile or so you'll come to a clearing. Take this opportunity to lower your saddle this is the first of a series of desents, its not the longest but it is the steepest. you'll start to climb again at the top if you look off to the left you'll see one of the best views around. A little desent and you're at the last climb. From here its all downhill literaly (about a 2.5 mile desent).When you hit the park stop and catch your breath, because you now have a 5 mile climb out good news is its a closed paved h-way. Take it easy on the way up and compare notes with your buddies on what a great ride you just had.

Customer Service

start at trail head take old H-way 70 back up.

Similar Products Used: Trace ridge
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5
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4
threeheadedduck   Cross Country Rider [Nov 26, 2005]

Good trail but in the fall watch out for the leaves they can land you down in the gulley

Customer Service

Start in the kitsuma peak parking lot and descend the trail from there. When you have reached the bottom follow the closed highway to the top or if you are a lucky you can shuttle up the hill for another run

Similar Products Used: no idea
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5
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3
AmosIv   Cross Country Rider [Nov 10, 2005]

Kitsuma is a great trail! Awesome single track downhill and challenging switchback climbs. I've never made all of the switchbacks - maybe one of these days. Ride it during the week and you will probably have it all to yourself.

Customer Service

I prefer to start at the park in Old Fort and warm up with the climb. Enjoy the view on the way up.

Similar Products Used: Heartbreak Ridge Woods Mtn
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5
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4
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