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      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.
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #327
      State Ranking
      #70
      Trails
      57
      Total Distance
      38 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      17 miles
      Total Descent
      4,965 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      982 ft
      Total Vertical
      829 ft
      Reports
      379
      Photos
      179
      Ridden Counter
      2,049

      Photos of The Abyss / Extension Ridge Mountain Bike

      trail: Connector
      2 |
      Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:10pm
      Jan 26, 2018
      Connector, Nanaimo
      trail: Connector
      2 |
      Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:10pm
      Jan 26, 2018
      Connector, Nanaimo
      trail: Connector
      2 |
      Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:10pm
      Jan 26, 2018
      Connector, Nanaimo
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      trail: Pipedream
      212 |
      Feb 19, 2016 @ 7:57pm
      Feb 19, 2016
      Pipedream, Nanaimo
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      Videos of The Abyss / Extension Ridge Mountain Bike

      Abyss South Nanaimo GoPro
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      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 | 160259 | Oct 18, 2011
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      Recent Comments

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      user #332stickboytrailHootenannyHootenanny is still there and rideable. I...
      Jan 7, 2018 @ 8:45pm
      Jan 7, 2018
      user #980882A123456789123456789123456789trailThe AbyssVery very beautiful trail ! There’s...
      Oct 30, 2017 @ 6:47pm
      Oct 30, 2017
      user #152366agnostictrailHootenannyTrail is gone, the area has been logged.
      Aug 20, 2017 @ 1:06pm
      Aug 20, 2017
      user #1324848BucksawtrailEasy PeasyTotally destroyed by loging.
      May 21, 2017 @ 12:19pm
      May 21, 2017
      user #873200balance8trailTrans Canada TrailLarge tree down over the staircase, as of Aug...
      Aug 1, 2016 @ 1:35pm
      Aug 1, 2016
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