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Kitzuma

Average Rating:    (4.56 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 32

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.
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Latitude
35.632744348010625
Longitude
-82.17910766601562
Trail Directions
Right of I-40, just look for the big white cross on the side of the road -that's the christian camp Ridgecrest.
Trail Length
around 6mi maybe?
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Black Mountain
   


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Review Date
October 27, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Gentrify it ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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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Review Date
May 8, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: plantme777 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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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Review Date
November 6, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: giundy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tsali



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Review Date
November 3, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Climb-n-Bomb ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:

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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pisgah-- Black Mountain, Mullinax/squirrel gap, laurel Mountain, Bent Creek, tsali



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Review Date
April 28, 2007

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Travis ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Go somewhere else!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Don't know.



Comments
xbizzy (11/30/2008)
Did you ride this trail backwards?
s62 (03/28/2010)
The initial climb is brutal, but short. It's then followed by a nice, long, and technical downhill. Then you just spin your way out. This review is completely inaccurate.
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