close
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Flow (Ridden Direction)
Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.
  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
  • bi-directional trail
  • no data
Trail Last Ridden
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine the last time a trail was ridden.
  • < 2 days
  • < 1 week
  • < 2 weeks
  • < 1 month
  • < 6 months
  • > 6 months
Trail Ridden Direction
The intended direction a trail should be ridden.
  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction
Contribute Details
Colors indicate trail is missing specified detail.
  • Description
  • Photos
  • Description & Photos
  • Videos
Trail Popularity ?
Trailforks scans ridelogs to determine which trails are ridden the most in the last 9 months. Trails are compared with nearby trails in the same city region with a possible 25 colour shades. Think of this as a heatmap, more rides = more kinetic energy = warmer colors.
  • most popular
  • popular
  • less popular
  • not popular
ATV/ORV/OHV Filter
Max Vehicle Width
inches

Radar Time
x Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public ridelogs from the past 6 months.
  • mountain biking recent
  • mountain biking (>6 month)
  • hiking (1 year)
  • moto (1 year)
Activity Recordings
Trailforks users anonymized public skilogs from the past 12 months.
  • Downhill Ski
  • Backcountry Ski
  • Nordic Ski
Jump Magnitude Heatmap
Heatmap of where riders jump on trails. Zoom in to see individual jumps, click circles to view jump details.
Trails Deemphasized
Trails are shown in grey.
disable
Only show trails with NO bikes.
enable
      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
      Activities Click to view
      Region Details
      • 18
      • 5
      • 34
      • 2

      Region Status
      Open as of May 14, 2022
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      59
      Trails Mountain Bike
      59
      Trails E-Bike
      8
      Trails Hike
      58
      Trails Trail Running
      58
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      2
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      2
      Total Distance
      38 miles
      Total Descent
      4,584 ft
      Total Vertical
      827 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      981 ft
      Reports
      1,735
      Photos
      341
      Ridden Counter
      15,139

      Photos of The Abyss / Extension Ridge Mountain Bike

      17 |
      Feb 2, 2022 @ 4:15pm
      Feb 2, 2022
      trail: Connector
      39 |
      Jun 11, 2020 @ 11:17am
      Jun 11, 2020
      trail: Bottlerocket
      49 |
      Jun 11, 2020 @ 7:23am
      Jun 11, 2020
      108 |
      Apr 30, 2020 @ 9:43pm
      Apr 30, 2020
      152 |
      Apr 25, 2020 @ 10:50pm
      Apr 25, 2020
      trail: Bottlerocket
      43 |
      Jul 30, 2019 @ 9:58pm
      Jul 30, 2019
      trail: Humility
      341 |
      Mar 29, 2011 @ 10:57pm
      Mar 29, 2011
      trail: Humility
      281 |
      Mar 29, 2011 @ 10:54pm
      Mar 29, 2011

      Videos of The Abyss / Extension Ridge Mountain Bike

      Bail of Roscoe
      trail: The Abyss
      0:28 | 154 | Jul 6, 2020
      View out from the trailhead
      0:24 | 46 | May 1, 2020
      Abyss South Nanaimo GoPro
      trail: The Abyss
      4:05 | 884 | Mar 14, 2016
      Crooks
      2:51 | 1992 | Mar 6, 2012
      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 | 160637 | Oct 18, 2011
      BottleRocket Product Video
      1:58 | 9203 | Oct 6, 2011
      Coastal Crew on the Voltage FR
      trail: Inside Out
      2:49 | 106447 | Aug 31, 2011

      Current Trail Warnings

      statustraildateconditionuserinfo
      Fu Manchu
      May 14, 2022 @ 9:57am
      May 14, 2022
      WetJbrassard98
      Rusty Nail
      May 6, 2022 @ 10:03am
      May 6, 2022
      WetJbrassard98

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #3003380fOezmkBRwishlistregionThe Abyss / Extension Ridge
      May 17, 2022 @ 12:37pm
      1 day
      user #2966930StellaaaavotepoiAbyss Earthquake Fissure
      May 14, 2022 @ 5:11pm
      May 14, 2022
      user #1105578Jbrassard98addreportHMR19 and 10 more
      May 14, 2022 @ 3:56pm
      May 14, 2022
      user #1426914cemoorelifeaddreportWater Pipeline Spur 1 and 8 more
      May 8, 2022 @ 8:33pm
      May 8, 2022
      user #1105578Jbrassard98updatetrailCarcass
      May 6, 2022 @ 3:53pm
      May 6, 2022

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #1947891Tylerp77reportLike ButterThanks Keith for using our leverage to remove...
      Apr 24, 2022 @ 1:06pm
      Apr 24, 2022
      user #874076comkay17reportBottlerocketThanks for clearing the trees!
      Feb 19, 2022 @ 1:22pm
      Feb 19, 2022
      user #976063timtimmehtrailCreeperA work of art. Bravo!
      Jan 29, 2022 @ 1:04pm
      Jan 29, 2022
      user #841628heckler999trailCreeperIf I were a local I would probably obsess over...
      Sep 10, 2021 @ 5:36pm
      Sep 10, 2021
      user #205546SixZeroSixOnetrailCreeperIf you like fast, flowy trails with jumps and...
      Sep 9, 2021 @ 9:37am
      Sep 9, 2021

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Water District Lands 3 131.6 km
      Ridge Runner 10 60 11.6 km
      South Benson / Wolf Mountain 2 8 18 22.5 km
      Westwood 3 19 6 23.7 km
      North Benson / Jameson 1 4 16 km

      Local Badges


      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike5938 miles4,583 ft17 miles827 ft
      #397#523251,733810,864
      E-Bike84 miles853 ft2 miles489 ft
      #1,117#791,5322158
      Hike5838 miles4,583 ft17 miles827 ft
      #263#44161,725611
      Trail Running5838 miles4,583 ft17 miles827 ft
      #265#441,7251450
      Dirtbike/Moto25,059 ft33 ft427 ft
      #248#2072016
      ATV/ORV/OHV25,059 ft33 ft427 ft
      #137#107196
      • By canadaka Trailforks & contributors
      • Admins: Jbrassard98, NMBC
      • #1354 - 22,560 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

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