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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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      Open on Jul 15, 2018

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #323
      State Ranking
      #67
      Trails
      60
      Total Distance
      40 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      18 miles
      Total Descent
      5,539 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      982 ft
      Total Vertical
      829 ft
      Reports
      458
      Photos
      181
      Ridden Counter
      2,697

      Photos of The Abyss / Extension Ridge Mountain Bike

      trail: Connector
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      Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:10pm
      Jan 26, 2018
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      trail: Connector
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      Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:10pm
      Jan 26, 2018
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      trail: Connector
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      Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:10pm
      Jan 26, 2018
      Connector, Nanaimo
      trail: The Abyss
      35 |
      Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:08pm
      Jan 26, 2018
      The Abyss, Nanaimo
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      user #157835799Bike99trailEasy PeasyComing up Humility heading north there was no...
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