Kitsuma is a hiking and biking trail in McDowell County and Buncombe County, North Carolina. It is 4.3 miles long and begins at 1,617 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,067 feet. The Old Fort Picnic Area picnic site is near the trailhead. There are also parkings. Kitsuma Peak (elevation 3,159 feet) can be seen along the trail.
Kitsuma Professional Review and Guide
"Kitsuma is an awesome ride—period. Once you climb past the dozen or so initial switchbacks (which, strangely enough, are kind of fun in their own right), you’re faced with a torpedo run down along knife-edge ridgelines that drop forever. You’ll drop a ridge, switchback, then contour run until the next ridge peels off, over and over again. Most of the trail is smooth and buff, but screaming down an 8-inch-wide track along a 60-degree fall line brings its own form of adrenaline. The return trip is 5 miles of easy cruising on an abandoned and gated section of old US 70, with excellent views of the ridgeline you just descended. I can’t do it justice; just ride this trail and it’ll instantly be one of your top five favorites. Tread: 5 miles of singletrack; 3.8 miles of abandoned highway; 1.5 miles of pavement."
--Timm Muth, Mountain Biking North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
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