Young's Ridge Trail

At A Glance

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4.2 mi one-way

Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Trail Number: 205

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.

Description

Formerly known as Kitsuma or Kitsuma Peak. Starting at its upper end, the trail ascends gently beside I-40 before climbing 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.

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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:
  • Length: 0.78 mi

Kitsuma Overlook - to Campsite Split

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 119 ft

Young's Ridge - Overlook to Picnic Area

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 3.55 mi

Kitsuma Overlook - Overlook to Young's Ridge

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 473 ft

Kitsuma Overlook

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 91 ft

Young's Ridge - Between Kitsuma Overlook

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.14 mi

Kitsuma Overlook - Around Campiste

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 161 ft

Kitsuma Overlook - Campsite to Overlook

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 21 ft

Kitsuma Overlook - Thru Campsite

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 228 ft

Total Calculated Length: 4.68 mi

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

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