3 miles
Distance
453 ft
Climb
-444 ft
Descent
00:34:56
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

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 mountain 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
    00:34:56
  • Avg reverse time
    00:31:56
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Status:
on Oct 13, 2018
Variable
Avg: 4.25 (8 votes)

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Trail Style
  • ?
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Directions to abyss trailhead (49.132711, -123.966551)
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The Abyss Trail Reports

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Oct 13, 2018 @ 12:46pm
Oct 13, 2018
Multiple motocrossers out on trail today, boo
Oct 12, 2018 @ 8:35pm
Oct 12, 2018
Sep 26, 2018 @ 6:32pm
Sep 26, 2018
Sep 9, 2018 @ 4:55pm
Sep 9, 2018
reporter
Jul 23, 2018 @ 12:26am
Jul 23, 2018
reporter Land Manager has closed this trail due to extreme fire risk. Please respect trail closures.
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Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:08pm
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Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:08pm
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The Abyss, Nanaimo
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Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:08pm
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Jan 26, 2018 @ 9:08pm
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The Abyss, Nanaimo

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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 !
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  • + 1
flag Lionchaser (Mar 23, 2018 at 9:34)
 Just wondering if this is appropriate for beginners?
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  • + 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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