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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
      Trails
      56
      Total Distance
      39 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      17 miles
      Total Descent
      5,167 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      982 ft
      Total Vertical
      829 ft
      Reports
      279
      Photos
      176
      Ridden Counter
      1,494

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      Feb 9, 2016 @ 5:03pm
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      Recent Comments

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      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
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      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
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