Odessa Lake

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Odessa Lake

Odessa Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Named for the daughter of a lodge owner at nearby Fern Lake, Odessa Lake gave its name to the gorge in which it lies.

A pleasant stroll punctuated by exciting views, the hike to Odessa Lake also requires a bit of ascent and considerable descent. Assuming you ever desire to leave the wondrous spectacle of Odessa’s shore, the way back is somewhat tougher than getting there. The boot-pounded path from Bear Lake climbs for almost a mile to the trail leading up Flattop Mountain. Staying low and continuing right, the Odessa Lake Trail follows a gentle grade undulating through the upper reaches of Mill Creek Basin along the flank of Joe Mills Mountain in the vicinity of Marigold Pond and Two Rivers Lake.

Neither body of water is particularly obvious, but there are many trailside displays of marsh marigold, often mixed with masses of cream-colored globe flower. Two Rivers Lake may seem an exaggerated description of the un-river-like flow of Mill and Fern Creeks, which both trickle from the lake."

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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
7 hours
9,475 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10,000 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park Backcountry Office, 1000 US 36, Estes Park 80517; (970) 586-1242; www.nps.gov/romo
Local Contacts
USGS McHenrys Peak; Trails Illustrated Longs Peak
Local Maps

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Jul 2018