Short Hike to Ousel Falls

Ousel Falls Road

Ousel Falls is a short, super easy, all season hike. Definitely a spot you wanna check out, if you ever find yourself in Big Sky!

The trailhead is easy to find, and has a vault toilet and a decently sized parking lot. The trail leaves from right next to the toilets, and is very easy to follow. Follow a couple easy switchbacks down the hillside, cross the memorial bridge and stop to take in the beautiful scenery before following the trail up the opposite bank. The trail meanders near  the river, and in the winter the rock face will be covered by a larger than life, perfectly blue ice fall. In the dead of winter, you can walk across the river to the rock face, but be careful! 
Continue along the trail, at this point you're just about there! There is an upper and lower view point, providing multiple vantage points for photos. In the winter, the lower view point can be tricky to get to, as snow and ice make the steps more of a slide! Well worth the effort though.  

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Snow boots (in winter)
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Extra layer
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RT Distance 1.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 250 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Waterfall

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Ousel Falls

Great easy hike in and out, definitely a hike to check out in winter when you can come much closer to the falls then you would be able to if it were warm. There are good off trails to take. :)


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