Extension Ridge Trail Loop

MODERATE 17 reviews

Extension Ridge Trail Loop is a 8.9 kilometer loop trail located near Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
8.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
239 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

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3 months ago

This is a great hike with lots of varied terrain. The first time we did this hike we found the south entrance in Extension. Easy hike up to the ridge and spectacular views south and west. Awesome for catching the setting sun! The second time, we entered the trail from the Harewood Mines Rd end. Unfortunately we read the direction sign from one side and went to the left instead of the right, resulting in a less than interesting walk along the power line.... more like a scramble over jagged rocks. Once we realized this was not where we wanted to be, we cut up toward the SW, into the trees. Much better!
The third time.... we got it right and headed right up to the Abyss near the top of the ridge. We met a couple who said the last time they had hike there, the slope was still all forested. Now it’s a pretty sad wasteland with a ton of debris from the logging and a few spindly arbutus. It gets way better up top though, so keep going! Take a look at the big fissure, called the Abyss, (keep small dogs on a leash and watch your littles carefully - it’s just wide enough for one to slip down into) and then carry on up to the ridge. Keep going until you get a great view over the city! Then go some more til you get to the big tower. Take photos here! You might even be able to see Mt Baker in the US! Keep going and enjoy the last couple km, especially where you can see down into the Extension valley. Really pretty. The first couple times were nice and quiet, but the last time we went on a Sunday afternoon, there was a lot of rifle fire coming from the shooting range, and many people on dirt bikes and ATVs, so it kinda sounded like a war going on..... not super peaceful. A fun hike, with lots of terrain, not too hard, and pretty views. You will just have to ignore the logged areas, and try to go when the shooting range isn’t open!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail for exercise, a fair bit of surrounding noise (hwy, blasting and dirt bikes), and a lot of clear cutting :(

8 months ago

Trailhead is easy to find. Begins with an easy walk up to the Petroglyphs then leads to a 15min hike up to the Ridge. About 10-15mins past the Ridge, you'll find the Healing Circle and the Labyrinth. On clear days, you'll have great, beautiful views of all of Nanaimo. Bring a snack and plenty of water and please don't litter!

11 months ago

great trail from my back yard that meets right smack in the middle of the ridge:) beautiful at sunset!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail for the first half (going in). You can loop the whole trail as I did, however, the second half coming back is on a gravel road and through a clear cut logging area. Would suggest doing this trail as and in and back - as you are in a pretty forested area going in (note, we weren't able to find the small 'cut across' trail that loops just the bottom portion of this trail). Some pretty views on the first half, but probably wouldn't do this one again. Easy terrain throughout.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

logging has changed the trail.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Was a good hefty hike, lots of ups and downs! Had a hard time finding the fissure, we found a tiny one...but yeah, worth going for a good hike in the woods.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

This is a fairlly easy hike and it is really worth seeing the big fissure (crack) in the ground created the the earth moving it a really big and long crack!!!

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016