Odessa Lake Backcountry Campsite is a two-site camping area just north of Odessa Lake and west of the Fern-Odessa Lakes Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park. The site makes a great base camp if you’re climbing Little Matterhorn and the East Face of Notchtop Mountain. The campsites, north of the lake and west of Fern Creek, are in a spruce and fir forest at 10,020 feet. Go right below the lake on a marked primitive trail to the campsites and the west side of Odessa Lake. A privy is between the campsites. Obtain water from the outlet below the lake. Boil or treat all water before drinking. The Odessa Lake sites are 4.4 miles from the Fern Lake Trailhead with an elevation gain of 1,870 feet. You can also access the sites from Bear Creek Trailhead by hiking 4.1 miles with a 1,180-foot gain and 640-foot loss. Allow three to five hours of hiking to reach the sites. Only two tents are allowed at the east campsite.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
—Stewart M. Green