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Kitsuma/Youngs Ridge Trail #204

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4.7 mile 7.5 kilometer point to point
77% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 659' 201 m
Descent: -1,756' -535 m
High: 3,165' 965 m
Low: 1,607' 490 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)

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Trail shared by Brandon Thrower

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

Brandon Thrower

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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Jul 29, 2019
Hilary Laney

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  4.6 from 7 votes

#7

in Montreat

#5279

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#7

in Montreat

#160

in North Carolina

#5,279

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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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