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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
      #335
      State Ranking
      #65
      Trails (view details)
      64
      Trails Mountain Bike
      64
      Trails E-Bike
      3
      Trails Hike
      64
      Trails Trail Running
      64
      Trails Dirtbike
      1
      Trails ATV/ORV/OHV
      1
      Total Distance
      41 miles
      Total Descent
      5,825 ft
      Total Vertical
      829 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      982 ft
      Reports
      963
      Photos
      250
      Ridden Counter
      5,605

      Photos of The Abyss / Extension Ridge Mountain Bike

      1 |
      Jul 30, 2019 @ 10:04pm
      Jul 30, 2019
      trail: Boy Next Door
      1 |
      Jul 30, 2019 @ 10:01pm
      Jul 30, 2019
      trail: Bottlerocket
      2 |
      Jul 30, 2019 @ 9:58pm
      Jul 30, 2019
      trail: Thong
      6 |
      Jul 3, 2019 @ 3:17pm
      Jul 3, 2019

      Videos of The Abyss / Extension Ridge Mountain Bike

      Abyss South Nanaimo GoPro
      trail: The Abyss
      4:05 | 654 | Mar 14, 2016
      Crooks
      2:51 | 1951 | Mar 6, 2012
      pilchuck tree farm
      trail: Tree Farm
      4:30 | 259 | Feb 5, 2012
      From the Inside Out - Official Trailer
      trail: Inside Out
      2:12 | 26 | Oct 19, 2011

      Recent Trail Reports

      Activity Feed

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #1838988khainsaddridelogAug 23, 2019 ride log
      Aug 23, 2019 @ 8:10pm
      13 mins
      user #1558205cowichan92addridelogAug 23, 2019 ride log
      Aug 23, 2019 @ 4:46pm
      4 hours
      user #1853416VaNilaBeanaddridelogAug 22, 2019 ride log
      Aug 22, 2019 @ 1:15pm
      1 days
      user #1095236glfmkgaddreportNinja Connector and 7 more
      Aug 22, 2019 @ 9:45am
      1 days
      user #1071118LeeZavaddridelogAug 22, 2019 ride log
      Aug 22, 2019 @ 7:35am
      2 days

      Recent Comments

      usernametypetitlecommentdate
      user #1875671PhilznertrailBoy Next DoorNice climbing trail. Starting to get a little...
      Jul 30, 2019 @ 9:59pm
      Jul 30, 2019
      user #23411allan2002trailCreeperSorry to hear that you don't like Creeper. It...
      Jun 27, 2019 @ 8:56pm
      Jun 27, 2019
      user #1786637JoeBCtrailCreeperFriends don’t let friends ride Creeper.
      Jun 21, 2019 @ 4:04pm
      Jun 21, 2019
      user #1500236OldmanhowietrailHumilitySeveral trees down across the trail
      Dec 26, 2018 @ 10:18am
      Dec 26, 2018
      user #1348955sdesjardinestrailTrans Canada TrailTrail fairies with chainsaws cleared the route...
      Dec 23, 2018 @ 9:33pm
      Dec 23, 2018

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Ridge Runner 4 42 11.6 km
      South Benson 3 6 13 22.5 km
      Westwood 2 18 4 23.7 km
      The Bay6.4 km
      Linley Valley 6 117.4 km

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