Ultimate Abyss

Nanaimo, British Columbia

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This trail is within the city of Nanaimo. The Ultimate Abyss takes its name from a huge fissure in the volcanic rock making up the ridge on which the trail travels. High above the Harewood Plains, the trail repeatedly crosses over this 10-20 cm (8-11 inches) opening. Mixing a high level of technical challenge with some exquisite views, this 4.72 km (2.83 miles) one-way ride offers equal potential as a quiet hike. The trail rolls along the western edge of an escarpment high above the Harewood Plains. It takes you through colorful stands of arbutus and offers views to distant mountains and the ocean. Few trails can mix high technical challenge with equally tremendous views.

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"This trail is within the city of Nanaimo. The Ultimate Abyss takes its name from a huge fissure in the volcanic rock making up the ridge on which the trail travels. High above the Harewood Plains, the trail repeatedly crosses over this 10-20 cm (8-11 inches) opening. Mixing a high level of technical challenge with some exquisite views, this 4.72 km (2.83 miles) one-way ride offers equal potential as a quiet hike.

The trail rolls along the western edge of an escarpment high above the Harewood Plains. It takes you through colorful stands of arbutus and offers views to distant mountains and the ocean. Few trails can mix high technical challenge with equally tremendous views."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Nanaimo
Distance: 5.66
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 492 feet
Top Elevation: 754 feet
Local Contacts: Guardians of the Abyss Trail Society , fax 250-756-2453
Local Maps: NTS 92 G / 4 Nanaimo
Driving Directions: Directions to Ultimate Abyss

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May 2018