Extension Ridge Trail Loop

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Nanaimo, British Columbia

Extension Ridge Trail Loop is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 784 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

forest

views

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail, easy little up hill, the abyss is real interesting, 20 mins from the start of the trail, well marked

hiking
muddy
off trail
19 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

‘The Abyss’ crack was an unexpected treat to see. Nice hike, good views. Did the loop but a person could easily go out and back.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Nicely marked. Some incline but nothing crazy. You get to the Abyss within 20 mins.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful morning for a walk with Luna. More people than a usual morning.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful walk with Luna this morning, ran into quite a few more people than usual.

hiking
2 months ago

Hasn’t been here in a while, the kids loved the fault line but were a little Leary of getting too close. Crazy weather today with sun, hail and snow, in April.

hiking
muddy
rocky
2 months ago

great 10k trail!! a little muddy in places but fun. took about 3.5 hrs round trip because of sights and breaks. would definitely recommend this trail.

hiking
4 months ago

I have hiked this trail lots but never done the full loop. It took just under 2.5 hrs and was easy to find the trail while following the map. The last eastern portion of loop is on small biking trail that's pretty overgrown and wet so waterproof hikers was useful

hiking
blowdown
icy
muddy
4 months ago

Blowdowns everywhere after the last storm, most are off to the side but there a couple to duck around lots of mud frost and ice today. Watch you footing.

hiking
scramble
6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Family friendly trail, the odd short steep part. A few look out points. could turn around at the road or walk dowm the road a little bit and it will reconnect with the trail that is slightly hidden. Nice 9km that took about 3 hours to complete

hiking
blowdown
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Interesting route, lost of steep terrain

hiking
10 months ago

Meh. I found this trail tricky and overrated based on others reviews. Depending where you start, hike signage for the most part doesn't exist and there are several forks in the trail throughout (where do I go?). The area has also been heavily logged and there is a lot of debris in spots, less shade than I would have hoped for. The Abyss is neat. Large enough to lose stuff, small children and pets so watch out. Apparently also a great spot for some people to dispose of garbage and hypodermics...ugh. The high spots do give you great views of the surrounding area, but if you are looking forward to a relaxing (although mostly difficult) hike, ATV's in the area and gun shots from the range take away some tranquility.

hiking
rocky
10 months ago

fairly decent trail. Definitely need hiking shoes if you don't want your back to hurt.

running
10 months ago

This is one of my faves. Dog friendly, not overly busy, well marked, decent trail. Easy to connect to make for a longer run!

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

Not as much tree coverage as I was expecting. It was a very hot hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail, relatively easy, dog friendly.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice easy moderate trail. Dont bother with the loop when you get to the logging road just turn around and go back. Couple of nice lookouts.

hiking
muddy
11 months ago

Great views with a plethora of wild flowers. Fresh bear droppings though, with small deer carcass left on trail - but no sign of the actual animal. Abyss was unique, and the trail was very quiet. Nice escape from the crowds.

hiking
muddy
11 months ago

Very well marked trail, some sections were a hit of a scramble, especially in the rain. Views were fantastic

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