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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
      Parking 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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      Region Details
      • 18
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      • 34
      • 2

      Region Status
      Open as of 2 days
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      57
      Trails Mountain Bike
      57
      Trails E-Bike
      7
      Trails Hike
      57
      Trails Trail Running
      57
      Trails Dirtbike
      2
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      2
      Total Distance
      38 miles
      Total Descent
      4,857 ft
      Total Vertical
      829 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      982 ft
      Reports
      1,420
      Photos
      318
      Ridden Counter
      11,744

      Recent Ridelog Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      • 0 m avg distance
      Yesterday
      • 7 rides
      • 10.4 km avg distance
      Past Week
      • 69 rides
      • 13.6 km avg distance

      Photos of The Abyss / Extension Ridge Mountain Bike

      trail: Connector
      23 |
      Jun 11, 2020 @ 11:17am
      Jun 11, 2020
      trail: Bottlerocket
      36 |
      Jun 11, 2020 @ 7:23am
      Jun 11, 2020
      85 |
      Apr 30, 2020 @ 9:43pm
      Apr 30, 2020
      121 |
      Apr 25, 2020 @ 10:50pm
      Apr 25, 2020

      Videos of The Abyss / Extension Ridge Mountain Bike

      Bail of Roscoe
      trail: The Abyss
      0:28 | 110 | Jul 6, 2020
      View out from the trailhead
      0:24 | 31 | May 1, 2020
      Abyss South Nanaimo GoPro
      trail: The Abyss
      4:05 | 833 | Mar 14, 2016
      Crooks
      2:51 | 1981 | Mar 6, 2012

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1089142pooncesaddreportThe Abyss and 11 more
      Apr 20, 2021 @ 2:55pm
      2 days
      user #244431Miker246addreportChicken Dinner and 4 more
      Apr 18, 2021 @ 2:46pm
      Apr 18, 2021
      user #2352950LoamrangerandsilverriddentrailChicken Dinner and 1 more
      Apr 17, 2021 @ 9:57pm
      Apr 17, 2021
      user #2111687party-martywishlisttrailHumility and 1 more
      Apr 15, 2021 @ 1:07am
      Apr 15, 2021
      user #1617392uterbratenriddentrailCliffhanger
      Apr 14, 2021 @ 4:48am
      Apr 14, 2021

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #2578720Jayden513trailNinja ConnectorCollapsed mineshaft beside trail, currently...
      Mar 7, 2021 @ 3:55pm
      Mar 7, 2021
      user #53922socanadianreportEasy PeasyThank you nice work
      Jan 31, 2021 @ 7:41am
      Jan 31, 2021
      user #1105578Jbrassard98trailHootenannyLarge tree blocking trail. Needs chainsaw worj
      Dec 20, 2020 @ 2:13pm
      Dec 20, 2020
      user #2166319CDOtrailCliffhangerA fun trail along the edge of a (sandstone?)...
      Oct 29, 2020 @ 11:28am
      Oct 29, 2020
      user #1698825bluedog15trailThe AbyssLoved this trail first time ride quite...
      Oct 4, 2020 @ 11:36am
      Oct 4, 2020

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Water District Lands 4 121.6 km
      Ridge Runner 6 48 11.6 km
      South Benson / Wolf Mountain 2 9 16 22.5 km
      Westwood 3 19 7 23.7 km
      North Benson / Jameson 1 4 16 km

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike5738 miles4,856 ft16 miles830 ft
      #358#543061,41868,418
      E-Bike74 miles827 ft2 miles489 ft
      #790#661,249275
      Hike5738 miles4,856 ft16 miles830 ft
      #246#47121,410306
      Trail Running5738 miles4,856 ft16 miles830 ft
      #249#471,4101225
      Dirtbike25,059 ft33 ft427 ft
      #6071813
      ATV/ORV/OHV25,059 ft33 ft427 ft
      #197185
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