Ascent of Kitsuma Peak on 2013-07-06
|Date:||Saturday, July 6, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-North Carolina|
| Elevation:||3195 ft / 973 m|
Ascent Trip ReportKitsuma Peak looms over the north side of I-40 at the Eastern Continental Divide. However, Kitsuma is not part of the divide, which instead crosses the Swannanoa Gap at Ridgecrest.
Headed westbound on I-40, take exit 66 (Ridgecrest), make a U-turn onto the frontage road, and follow it to the dead-end, where there is a paved parking area and a sign for the Kitsuma/Youngs Ridge Trail. This is part of a popular mountain-bike loop around Royal Gorge that also includes an abandoned stretch of old US70 that has been turned into a paved bikeway.
The hike is straightforward, Follow an old road that parallels I-40 for about a third of a mile and then climb switchbacks to the summit. Round trip 1.6 miles with a gain of 550 feet. No views from the HP, but there are ledges before and past the peak with nice views of the Swannanoa Valley and the Royal Gorge.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||555 ft / 169 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||1.6 mi / 2.6 km|
| Route:||Kitsuma/Youngs Ridge trail|
| Trailhead:||Ridgecrest road trailhead 2640 ft / 804 m|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
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