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Kitsuma/Youngs Ridge Trail #204

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.7 mile 7.5 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

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

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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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
Jul 24, 2017
J Kat
Only went in a bit before turning. Great trail, varying inclines. Little views within the first part. The outlook was overgrown, difficult to see much 4mi
Jul 17, 2017
Drew Sigmon
To the peak and back 2.5mi

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 7 votes

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in Montreat

#4832

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Trail Rankings

#7

in Montreat

#153

in North Carolina

#4,832

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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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