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Odessa Craters Professional Review and Guide
"This area north of Odessa is dotted with geological oddities: craters left in the aftermath of the Great Missoula Floods. The craters range in appearance from a simple deep hole in the ground to a vast depression a quarter mile around—looking almost look like a meteor might have glanced across the steppe landscape. New parking areas with trail signage guiding folks to these craters make it easy to enjoy them.For the first stretch of your legs, hike 0.5 mile northeast from the parking area to the Amphitheater Crater—one of the bigger pits to explore. There is a faint trail in places and game trails in other areas—even a little bit of flagging in winter. Return to your vehicle but keep walking northwest for a 0.5-mile loop to Rose Crater. As you explore the lands around the holes, enjoy the rich sagebrush ecosystems and the presence of some beautiful birds. This area boasts a sizeable population of horned larks."
--Alan L. Bauer & Dan A. Nelson, Best Desert Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
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