Young's Ridge Trail

At A Glance

More Difficult

4.2 mi one-way

Difficulty Rating: 4.2 (More Difficult)
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.

This trail also crosses into these trailhead areas:

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

Young's Ridge - Between Kitsuma Overlook

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 0.14 mi

Young's Ridge - Overlook to Picnic Area

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 3.55 mi

Kitsuma Overlook - to Campsite Split

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 119 ft

Kitsuma Overlook - Around Campiste

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 161 ft

Kitsuma Overlook - Thru Campsite

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 228 ft

Kitsuma Overlook - Campsite to Overlook

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 21 ft

Kitsuma Overlook

  • Allowed Uses:
  • Length: 91 ft

Kitsuma Overlook - Overlook to Young's Ridge

  • Allowed Uses:
  • 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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