ODESSA — Just north of Odessa lies a trail that allows visitors to explore a unique landscape created by the floods that scoured much of the region thousands of years ago.
The Odessa Craters Trail is a two-mile looped trail that circles a region just off the road, with varying elevation and terrain. The highest point on the trek sits at around 1,700 feet, with an elevation change of about 200 feet, according to the Washington Trails Association.
Many of the low lying areas are entrenched with small lakes, surrounded with brush and other wildflowers and tall grass. These areas provide unique locations that often offer the opportunity to view a number of different birds and wildlife that frequent the area.
The trail’s varying elevation presents a chance to view the rolling pastures and grasslands that make up much of the area around the craters. The trails, while varying in their width and difficulty, are fairly accessible to hikers of any level.
Perhaps the largest of the craters that can be visited on the trek is the Amphitheater Crater. Encased by rising rock tiers on one side, with sage and tall grass filling the rest of the space surrounding the small body of water at its center, the area presents itself as a “natural theater” created over thousands of years.
Depending on the time of year a visit to the trail is made, portions of the hike have been known to be a bit damp at times. Blooms of the various flowers and other plant life carpet parts of the area, depending on the season.
The trailhead is easily accessible from the parking lot, just off the road, which itself can be found without much exploration thanks to signs and markers on Highway 21. Like most trails in the area, a Discover Pass is required for those who come to visit.