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Odessa Craters

Eastern Washington


Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
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2.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 0 ft.
Highest Point: 1700 ft.


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This short loop encompasses a host of different craters, all formed during 15,000 year old floods. Stroller friendly tread, and plenty of benches make this trail a great opportunity to embrace Washington's natural history with the whole family.

The Craters trail encompasses several different craters, and in spring, flora blooms clear skies make the whole area delightful. If you embark on a counter-clockwise route, there's a short uphill jaunt, but either direction offers hiker a nice hour long walk if stopping to take photos. The trail is less than two miles but can take a long time owing to the uniqueness of the area. It isn't often one can get so close to something as dramatic as this.

The highlight of the area is Amphitheatre Crater. Dropping down into a basin, you'll encounter a small lake with concentric fins of rock ringing around the pool. Impressive for adults and children alike.

There are no water sources, so bring your own. Better yet, finish the trip with lunch back in town at the Odessa Drive-In.


Odessa Craters

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4211, -118.6909 Open map in new window


Eastern Washington -- Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

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Guidebooks & Maps

Best Desert Hikes: Washington (Bauer & Nelson - Mountaineers Books)

On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods (Bruce Bjornstad - Keokee Books)

Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Moses Lake

Getting There

Odessa Craters are almost straight north on Hwy 21 from the down of Odessa. Driving on I-90, take exit 206, signed for SR 21 and Lind/Odessa. From the exit ramp, turn north, then and drive 18 miles into Odessa. Pass through town, and continue 6.5 miles to the parking area signed for Odessa Craters.

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