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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
      #291
      State Ranking
      #64
      Trails
      59
      Total Distance
      39 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      17 miles
      Total Descent
      5,185 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      982 ft
      Total Vertical
      829 ft
      Reports
      437
      Photos
      180
      Ridden Counter
      2,467

      Photos of The Abyss / Extension Ridge Mountain Bike

      trail: Connector
      9 |
      Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:10pm
      Jan 26, 2018
      Connector, Nanaimo
      trail: Connector
      9 |
      Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:10pm
      Jan 26, 2018
      Connector, Nanaimo
      trail: Connector
      7 |
      Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:10pm
      Jan 26, 2018
      Connector, Nanaimo
      trail: The Abyss
      20 |
      Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:08pm
      Jan 26, 2018
      The Abyss, Nanaimo
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      Videos of The Abyss / Extension Ridge Mountain Bike

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      Recent Comments

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      user #628fishtrailTree FarmThe flowers are out now, very scenic
      May 11, 2018 @ 9:07pm
      May 11, 2018
      user #628fishtrailThis Bud's 4 UJust stay on the abyss
      May 11, 2018 @ 9:06pm
      May 11, 2018
      user #1482967LionchasertrailThe AbyssJust wondering if this is appropriate for...
      Mar 23, 2018 @ 9:34am
      Mar 23, 2018
      user #332stickboytrailHootenannyHootenanny is still there and rideable. I...
      Jan 7, 2018 @ 8:45pm
      Jan 7, 2018
      user #980882A123456789123456789123456789trailThe AbyssVery very beautiful trail ! There’s...
      Oct 30, 2017 @ 6:47pm
      Oct 30, 2017
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