Odessa–Lake Creek Trail

Odessa, Washington

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With about 13 miles of one-way mileage, this route stands out as one of the longest shrub–steppe hikes in Washington. You could arrange a vehicle shuttle to enjoy the entire distance one-way, or you could do a daylong round-trip hike of 26 miles. The trail is smooth and mostly level the entire way. You also could load your backpacking gear, hike 13 miles, and spend a night at the established campground at Pacific Lake. The trail leaving the south trailhead is a lovely dirt path winding through basalt hills, piles of crumpled rock, and gullies. After about 0.5 mile, it merges with an old road. Head west on this road as it passes under a series of power lines. At about 2 miles, the trail angles north through a gate on an old jeep track. Here you’ll start to find great views over the rugged Lake Creek drainage area: a lovely little canyon/gully in this channeled scablands terrain. You eventually wind down basalt cliffs, and at 6 miles from the trailhead you’ll cross Lake Creek at the south end of Bobs Lakes. The lakes are frequently dry, and you can roam across the muddy flats to enjoy the animal tracks imprinted in the mud.

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"With about 13 miles of one-way mileage, this route stands out as one of the longest shrub–steppe hikes in Washington. You could arrange a vehicle shuttle to enjoy the entire distance one-way, or you could do a daylong round-trip hike of 26 miles. The trail is smooth and mostly level the entire way. You also could load your backpacking gear, hike 13 miles, and spend a night at the established campground at Pacific Lake.

The trail leaving the south trailhead is a lovely dirt path winding through basalt hills, piles of crumpled rock, and gullies. After about 0.5 mile, it merges with an old road. Head west on this road as it passes under a series of power lines. At about 2 miles, the trail angles north through a gate on an old jeep track. Here you’ll start to find great views over the rugged Lake Creek drainage area: a lovely little canyon/gully in this channeled scablands terrain. You eventually wind down basalt cliffs, and at 6 miles from the trailhead you’ll cross Lake Creek at the south end of Bobs Lakes. The lakes are frequently dry, and you can roam across the muddy flats to enjoy the animal tracks imprinted in the mud."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Odessa
Distance: 26
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,500 feet
Top Elevation: 1,840 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, Spokane
Local Maps: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Moses Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Odessa–Lake Creek Trail

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May 2018