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Kitsuma/Youngs Ridge Trail #204

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 4.3 (12)

An amazing section of ridgeline trail with good views. As an added bonus, this is located close to town.


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Map Key

4.7

Miles

7.5

KM

77%

Runnable

3,165' 965 m

High

1,607' 490 m

Low

659' 201 m

Up

1,756' 535 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Watch for bikers. This is a famous stretch of mountain bike trails, and they fly down it!

Description

The trail starts at the Kitsuma Trailhead and heads through a gentle forest road next to Interstate 40. The trail then starts a quick climb, heads up 14 steep switchbacks, and continues climbing to Kitsuma Peak. After the initial ascent, runners will enjoy a mellow but quick downhill before being greeted by the second, steep but short climb. After this climb, you'll enjoy running along a beautiful, mellow ridge where you are greeted with some nice views of Mt. Mitchell before you start the descent down to the Old Fort Picnic Area.

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Brandon Thrower

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 12 votes

#7

in Montreat

#6080

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  4.3 from 12 votes
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Trail Rankings

#7

in Montreat

#183

in North Carolina

#6,080

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One of many views you can enjoy near the summit of Kitsuma Peak.
Dec 8, 2016 near Black M…, NC

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Aug 31, 2020
Jen Walton
Only went to overlook. About 1 mile then it switchbacks down a steep canyon. Beautiful foggy overlook...dangerous cliff. 2.5mi
Apr 25, 2020
Richard Beck
Jul 29, 2019
Hilary Laney