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Kitsuma Peak: 9-10 Miles Moderate ++
The full trail as an out and back is 10 miles. We start with a .8 mile ascent to warm up and from there it is a series of rolling ups and downs (OK, Randy didn't think it was so "rolling." Total ascent is approximately 2200 with the switch backs making it a bit easier for those who don't want to run up or down. I reserve the right to chat with the group and shorten the distance if we want to turn around early. This trail is really famous as a bike trail but during the week, we won't encounter many bikers, we can just marvel at what they come there to do. We hike at a brisk pace,[masked] miles per hour so please be sure you have the fitness level to keep up. We will stop somewhere post midway point to have a snack and enjoy the views. As this is a bit longer hike, let's also do 10-15 minutes of group yoga post hike :-) Please dress warmly, bring a snack, plenty of water and poles as it may be slippery this time of year. For those interested, we can dine and/or have beverages at Phil's BBQ post hike. It is reported to be one of the best barbecues in NC.

Ingles Markets Inc. in Black Mountain

550 N.C. Highway 9 · Black Mountain, NC

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