Big Sky, Montana
Ousel Falls, Forest trail
1.66 Miles Round Trip
362 feet of total loss
Yes on leash
Lots if you want to filter
Spring, Summer, Fall
Well traveled gravel path
In Big Sky
Ousel Falls technically is located in Gallatin Gateway but no one knows what that is and it is a couple of miles from Big Sky, Montana. It is the most popular hiking destination in Big Sky. It is located right in between West Yellowstone, and Bozeman. This is an awesome little trail that is worth a visit on any trip to Yellowstone or the surrounding area. There is a decent sized parking lot with pit toilets.
The trail starts right behind the toilet.
There has been a lot of work done to keep this trail open and to make it nice and they have done a very good job. The trail immediately descends gently into the canyon until it parallels the River. This is a beautiful trail. Thick conifer forest makes up most of the trail which makes it extremely pleasant and even stays pretty cool in the summer.
There are several benches and picnic tables that make for a perfect place to have a picnic.
Like I said above the river scenery is fantastic with lots of small falls and a couple very well built bridges. There are also some stairs to reach the base of the falls.
There are several viewpoints of the falls. A few above, at the base, and at the brink. I liked the base the most but the falls are beautiful from any of them. They aren’t the tallest around but are very powerful.
This is an out and back trail.
This is an awesome little trail that would be a great addition to any Yellowstone area trip. It is very family friendly and is very beautiful. The drive to here alone makes it worth it with the falls being the icing on the cake.