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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

Point to Point

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

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, hikers will enjoy a mellow but quick downhill before being greeted by the second, steep but short climb. After this climb, you'll enjoy hiking 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

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  4.3 from 12 votes
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Trail Rankings

#196

in North Carolina

#6,789

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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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Jan 16, 2021
Rhonda D
A bit muddy today but a beautiful trail. Nicely maintained and easy to follow.
May 3, 2020
Karen Maldonado
Jul 14, 2019
Micah Tomlinson
Feb 9, 2019
Jacob Gorbaty
Dry conditions, very nice views with the leaves gone.
Nov 17, 2018
Kendra Connolly
9.3mi
Aug 14, 2018
Alfred Miessner
awesome views. watch for bikers 3mi
Dec 25, 2017
Kendra Connolly
8.9mi
Oct 7, 2017
Andy Guthe
10.4mi