West of Bend in the Deschutes National Forest, the Edison Butte area has 25 miles of trails. To reach the trailhead from Bend, head west on SR46 for 8 miles.
The Edison Butte Trail System, about 25 miles long, is located on the slopes of Kwolh Butte and Sheridan Mountain, west of Bend. The recommended riding season is late June to October because of the high elevation and tendency of snow to cover the trail into the spring and summer months. Currently, no specific OHV signing exists. Riders must obtain a map and follow orange snowmobile diamonds and junction numbers.
The trail system goes through ponderosa pine and manzanita forest in the lower elevations, near the Edison Sno-Park and goes up into stands of hemlock trees near Kwolh Butte and Sheridan Mountain. The volcanic terrain can be challenging because there are many loose rocks and lava ridges to go over. As a result, the trails are considered “More Difficult.” Two snowmobile shelters are situated along the trail, and the Kwolh Butte shelter has impressive views of the Central Oregon Cascade Mountains.
To reach the trailhead from Bend, head west on Franklin Street and follow to Galveston Street. Turn right heading west on Galveston Street crossing the river. Continue on Galveston Street to the round-about at NW14th Street. Head south on NW14th Street (aka CR372 and FS46) for 17.4 miles. Turn left heading south on FS45 for 4.2 miles. At the sign for Edison Sno-Park, turn right heading west into large parking area.
Note: As of September 2007, ATV riding is permitted on Forest Service roads with vertical number signs as long as the ATV has a valid Oregon OHV sticker. ATV riding is not permitted on any Forest Service road with a horizontal number sign. All vehicles require an Oregon State OHV Sticker, spark arrestor and silencer (max 99db).
Overall, Edison Butte OHV Trail System is the 10th most popular ATV riding trail of all 44 ATV trails in Oregon.