2.5 miles
Distance
384 ft
Climb
-406 ft
Descent
00:32:04
Avg time

The Abyss Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    The Abyss / Extension Ridge
    Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • AKA
    Extension Ridge
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Face
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #5090 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #1882 in Trail Running
    • #1742 in Hiking
  • Local Popularity
    85 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 85 in Trail Running
    • 95 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
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for The Abyss mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -22 ft
  • Altitude min
    486 ft
  • Altitude max
    827 ft
  • Altitude start
    508 ft
  • Altitude end
    486 ft
  • Grade
    -0.2%
  • Grade max
    -24.9%
  • Grade min
    21.3%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    1,535 ft
  • Avg time
    00:32:04
  • Avg reverse time
    00:44:28
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Status:
on Sep 30, 2021
Dry
Avg: 4.45 (19 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Snow Cover Inadequate
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      The Abyss Trail Reports

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      Sep 30, 2021 @ 6:39pm
      Sep 30, 2021
      Sep 26, 2021 @ 11:03am
      Sep 26, 2021
      Jul 25, 2021 @ 8:50am
      Jul 25, 2021
      May 25, 2021 @ 12:08pm
      May 25, 2021
      Log down
      May 24, 2021 @ 3:34pm
      May 24, 2021
      tree across trail towards the bottom of the downhill on the extension side (south end). Somewhat blind so it will come up fast on you.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 4 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 207 rides
      • 10 miles avg distance
      All
      • 1,320 rides
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      Jun 29, 2021 @ 12:59am
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      Oct 5, 2020 @ 11:50am
      Oct 5, 2020
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      Sep 28, 2020 @ 1:37pm
      Sep 28, 2020
      143 |
      Jul 26, 2020 @ 10:01am
      Jul 26, 2020

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      6 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      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
      Lionchaser (Mar 23, 2018 at 9:34)
       Just wondering if this is appropriate for beginners?
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      • + 1
      coolguy2022437 (Apr 14, 2020 at 10:44)
       yes
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      • + 4
      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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      • + 0
      bluedog15 (Oct 4, 2020 at 11:36)
       Loved this trail first time ride quite challenging in places would do this again.
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      • + 0
      Mmholley (Jul 31, 2021 at 16:23)
       The trail was in great shape today with a bit of rain. Quite a few technical areas. A very hard blue is some areas but feels great when you are done.
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