Young's Ridge Trail

At A Glance

More Difficult

4.2 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 4.2
Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Trail Number: 205

Description

Formerly known as Kitsuma or Kitsuma Peak trail. Starting at the Ridgecrest end, the trail heads straight out of the back of the parking lot and ascends gently beside I-40. It swings left and climbs more steeply through a set of 12 switchbacks approaching the peak, gaining 500ft elevation from the parking area. There are wintertime views at switchback #6, and better views at #12.

(Near the summit, a spur trail signed "Kitsuma Overlook" heads left toward the best views and a campsite at the tippy top. It continues steeply down the ridge past the summit to re-join the Young's Ridge trail in about 0.1 mi)

Past the overlook spur, the trail then descends gently along Young's Ridge above the Interstate, with a few more switchbacks and some up-and-down in places, through dry woods with pines and mountain laurel. It then drops off the north side of the ridge into a cove above the Old Fort Picnic Area before ending in the picnic area itself.

Directions

Upper Trailhead Parking Location

To the upper trailhead:

From Asheville, take I-240 E to I-40 E toward Black Mountain. Go 13 miles and take exit 66 for Ridgecrest. Turn right on to Dunsmore Ave.

Cross the railroad bridge, and immediately take a left on to Yates Ave. Go just under a mile; Yates Ave crosses I-40 again. Turn right onto Royal Gorge Rd. just across I-40. Go 0.2 mi to the parking area at the end of the road.

To the lower trailhead:

The lower end of the trail is at the Old Fort Picnic Area.

This trail is located in the Grandfather Ranger District area. For a list of all the trails in that area, see the Grandfather Ranger District trails list page.

This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:

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Trail Segments

Trails are often made up of several connecting paths which may have different characteristics, allowed uses, and seasons. This trail is divided into multiple segments as follows:

Young's Ridge

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 0.78 mi

Young's Ridge - Between Kitsuma Overlook

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 0.14 mi

Young's Ridge - Overlook to Picnic Area

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 3.55 mi

Kitsuma Overlook - to Campsite Split

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 119 ft

Kitsuma Overlook - Around Campiste

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 161 ft

Kitsuma Overlook - Thru Campsite

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 228 ft

Kitsuma Overlook - Campsite to Overlook

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 21 ft

Kitsuma Overlook

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 91 ft

Kitsuma Overlook - Overlook to Young's Ridge

  • Allowed Uses: Hiking, Mountain Biking
  • Length: 473 ft

Total Calculated Length: 4.68 mi

This value is derived from our underlying map data, and it may not match officially published information.

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