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Edison-Lava Trail

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
10.0 miles
Elevation
1679'
Rating
Forecast
This trail has lots of down trees. Riding it will probably mean getting off and climbing over and through tree limbs.

Trail Reports

  • Joe Myers July 5, 2017 at 9:51 amCleared by adam craig and tberg yesterday.
  • Joe Myers July 1, 2017 at 8:37 pmTberg cleared the East side today of deadfall and cleared some drains as well.
  • James Moro June 27, 2017 at 8:57 amany updates on this trail?
  • Eric Kutter June 17, 2017 at 5:10 pmUnridable snow started 4.5 mi from Edison, at about the 5750' elevation. Until that point, there were 3 large tree's (16" diameter) that I couldn't ride over starting at mile 3.5 from Edison. Until that point, it was riding great, at least as great as lava rock, sand, and lose rock can be considered riding great.
  • Joe Myers June 17, 2017 at 2:57 pmHard to believe the snow isn't melted out yet. Top is at 6k or so I was figuring it was dry by now.
  • Ryan Pedersen June 17, 2017 at 2:27 pmExcellent riding for about 4 miles until you hit deep snow. My GPS tracker f'd up so I can't tell you exactly when the snow gets bad but I think you'll figure it out. Lower section is money
  • Joe Myers May 24, 2017 at 5:08 pmCleared trail about 3 miles up to about 5300 feet elevation.
 

Trail Description

The Edison-Lava Trail is a volcanic semi-technical trail going from Edison Sno Park to Little Lava Lake. The trailhead is a little farther from Bend than Wanoga or Swampy — so you can often ride an out and back and be the only one on the trail. Typically done as an out and back from Edison, it also connects to the Metolious Windigo for some larger loops around Bachelor.

Expect 1500′ of climbing to the midpoint of the trail and a fast 1500′ decent towards the lake. Don’t miss the optional log ride on the trail heading toward the lake! There’s also a bonus photo-op climb up Kwohl Butte at the midpoint.

Climbing back out from Lava Lake is a challenge with a steep grade in spots and loose rocks, so take a break at the Lava Lake resort and grab a snack before you head out.

If you choose to ride the Bachelor loop, start at Dutchman and ride the circuit counter clockwise towards Edison Sno-Park continuing on to Dinah Moe Humm and Wanoga.

This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.

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Trail Reports » Edison-Lava

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  1. Joe Myers says:

    Cleared by adam craig and tberg yesterday.

  2. Joe Myers says:

    Tberg cleared the East side today of deadfall and cleared some drains as well.

  3. James Moro says:

    any updates on this trail?

  4. Eric Kutter says:

    Unridable snow started 4.5 mi from Edison, at about the 5750′ elevation. Until that point, there were 3 large tree’s (16″ diameter) that I couldn’t ride over starting at mile 3.5 from Edison. Until that point, it was riding great, at least as great as lava rock, sand, and lose rock can be considered riding great.

  5. Ryan Pedersen says:

    Excellent riding for about 4 miles until you hit deep snow. My GPS tracker f’d up so I can’t tell you exactly when the snow gets bad but I think you’ll figure it out. Lower section is money

    1. Joe Myers says:

      Hard to believe the snow isn’t melted out yet. Top is at 6k or so I was figuring it was dry by now.

  6. Joe Myers says:

    Cleared trail about 3 miles up to about 5300 feet elevation.

  7. Natalie Herse says:

    Rode this Monday. The rain that fell over the weekend made the trail moist and tacky for at least a few days before it dries out again. The climb up was just as hard though ;)

  8. David Caplan says:

    Lev and I cleared large amounts of deadfall and brush from the Edison TH to just past the saddle towards Lava lake. Paul Thomasberg and Adam Craig started at Lava and cleared towards us. I think they were aiming to get to where we stopped, so Edison-Lava should be good to go. Loose and dusty on the east side.

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