3 miles
Distance
453 ft
Climb
-444 ft
Descent
00:34:49
Avg time

The Abyss Details

  • Riding Area
    The Abyss / Extension Ridge
    Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • AKA
    Extension Ridge
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #13636 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

The Abyss is a Nanaimo classic that is part of the TransCanada Trail. It's mostly a cross country trail with some natural rock features. The challenging stuff comes mainly in the form of steep descents down rock faces.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for The Abyss bike trail
  • Altitude change
    10 ft
  • Altitude min
    473 ft
  • Altitude max
    779 ft
  • Altitude start
    473 ft
  • Altitude end
    482 ft
  • Grade
    0.069%
  • Grade max
    -29.797%
  • Grade min
    19.895%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1 miles
  • Distance flat
    992 ft
  • Avg time
    00:34:49
  • Avg reverse time
    00:31:56
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Status:
on Dec 28, 2018
Wet
Avg: 4.25 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
      Directions to abyss trailhead (49.132711, -123.966551)
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      The Abyss Trail Reports

      datedescription
      Dec 28, 2018 @ 4:10pm
      Dec 28, 2018
      reporter Abyss is now clear of all blowdown from recent storm.
      Dec 23, 2018 @ 6:29pm
      Dec 23, 2018
      There are a handful of large trees over the trail, requiring a chainsaw. Otherwise there are a few puddles but not too much mud.
      Nov 18, 2018 @ 4:20pm
      Nov 18, 2018
      trail in great condition!
      Oct 27, 2018 @ 1:49pm
      Oct 27, 2018
      Great conditions! Yippie!
      Oct 13, 2018 @ 12:46pm
      Oct 13, 2018
      Multiple motocrossers out on trail today, boo
      view all reports »

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 113 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      All
      • 873 rides
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      3 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag A123456789123456789123456789 (Oct 30, 2017 at 18:47)
       Very very beautiful trail ! There’s awesomeee technical but always a way down it easily and it’s supposed to be a hiking trail, but if it’s hikeable it’s bikeable !
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      flag Lionchaser (Mar 23, 2018 at 9:34)
       Just wondering if this is appropriate for beginners?
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      flag chubby5000 (Jun 15, 2018 at 11:16)
       This is still my all-time favorite trail. I’ve been riding everywhere and every trail for 27 years now and I’ve never gotten bored of The Abyss. It’s XC and it’s dry, packed full of arbutus trees, beautiful views, easy rolls, techy climbs, bunny hop rock gaps, and just overall radness. There’s not much soil in this area and it’s mostly this ultra grippy sandstone. The entire area is like this. It’s kiiiinda like the XC in Moab but with more trees and a tiny bit more soil. So fun. I will never stop riding this trail.
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