close
Layers winter
Map Style
Trail Style
  • ?
LEGEND
Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
      Extension Ridge is an XC trail network between Harewood and Extension, in the south of Nanaimo. The area is primarily singletrack on rock that runs north to south on successive parallel ridges with connecting trails between ridges. It has seen significant logging activity in recent years, but still has many beautiful spots worth visiting, including the locally famous "Abyss", an earthquake fissure that you wouldn't want to fall into.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      Three Creeks google parking directions
      Access Info:
      There is a trailhead on the north end of the network up Harewood Mines Road a little ways past the highway overpass and another on Extension Road to the south.

      North entrance: When you reach some cement barriers on your left park and ride up beside the steps on the right a little ways down the logging road. Keep right until you see a sign for the Trans Canada Trail. This is the start of the Abyss.

      South entrance: Following Extension Road west you will pass Cinnabar Drive to your left. Continue 500m along Extension Road until you see a gate on your right. Park along the road by gate and head along gravel road west to enter Hootenanny or north under the powerlines to enter Potsticker.
      Links
      Files
      Region Details
      • 18
      • 3
      • 32
      • 1

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails
      54
      Total Distance
      37.7 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      16.8 miles
      Total Descent
      5,026 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      982 ft
      Total Vertical
      829 ft
      Reports
      82
      Photos
      153
      Ridden Counter
      960

      Popular The Abyss / Extension Ridge Trails

      view all trails »

      Photos of The Abyss / Extension Ridge Mountain Bike

      trail: Cliffhanger
      16 |
      Nov 20, 2016 @ 1:51pm
      Nov 20, 2016
      Cliffhanger, Nanaimo
      trail: Cliffhanger
      16 |
      Nov 20, 2016 @ 1:51pm
      Nov 20, 2016
      Cliffhanger, Nanaimo
      trail: G-String
      18 |
      Oct 29, 2016 @ 2:29pm
      Oct 29, 2016
      G-String, Nanaimo
      report
      trail: Pipedream
      150 |
      Feb 19, 2016 @ 7:57pm
      Feb 19, 2016
      Pipedream, Nanaimo
      more photos »

      Videos of The Abyss / Extension Ridge Mountain Bike

      Abyss South Nanaimo GoPro
      trail: The Abyss
      4:05 | 235 | Mar 14, 2016
      From the Inside Out - Official Trailer
      trail: Inside Out
      2:12 | 26 | Oct 19, 2011
      From the Inside Out - Official Trailer
      trail: Inside Out
      2:12 | 160049 | Oct 18, 2011
      Coastal Crew on the Voltage FR
      trail: Inside Out
      2:49 | 105406 | Aug 31, 2011
      more videos »

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #873200balance8trailPanty TrailLarge tree down over the staircase, as of Aug...
      Aug 1, 2016 @ 1:35pm
      Aug 1, 2016
      user #53922k-ostrailPipedreamTrail is easy passable now, still a little...
      Feb 19, 2016 @ 7:51pm
      Feb 19, 2016
      user #53922k-osreportHootenannyIt is there, same spot in fact, you cant miss it
      Feb 19, 2016 @ 7:44pm
      Feb 19, 2016
      user #986215outerlimitstrailPanty TrailJust a note here: The trail near here called...
      Feb 13, 2016 @ 2:51pm
      Feb 13, 2016
      more »

      Recent Activity

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1143232VnastywishlisttrailThe Abyss
      Dec 7, 2016 @ 10:44pm
      7 hours
      user #23411pbuser23411addridelogDec 4, 2016 ride log
      Dec 6, 2016 @ 8:00pm
      1 days
      user #1163608jpsalleyriddentrailHootenanny and 8 more
      Dec 4, 2016 @ 6:26pm
      Dec 4, 2016
      user #1163608jpsalleyvotetrailHootenanny and 9 more
      Dec 4, 2016 @ 6:25pm
      Dec 4, 2016
      user #114107bigwavedave1addridelogDec 4, 2016 ride log
      Dec 4, 2016 @ 4:44pm
      Dec 4, 2016
      more »

      Nearby Riding Areas

      namedistance
      Ridge Runner 4 281.6 km
      South Benson 2 1 5 12.5 km
      Westwood 1 28 3 23.7 km
      Linley Valley 1 37.4 km
      Doumont 8 61 8 18 km

      Local Products


      more »
      • By canadaka Plus & contributors
      • Admins: NMBC
      • #1354 - 8,366 views
      • the abyss / extension ridge activity log | embed map of The Abyss / Extension Ridge mountain bike trails | the abyss / extension ridge mountain biking points of interest
      • subscribe print map 3d map donate to earn trail karma!

      Downloading of trail gps tracks in kml & gpx formats is enabled for The Abyss / Extension Ridge.
      You must login to download files.