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Ousel Falls Trail – Big Sky Montana
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Overview
Location

Big Sky, Montana

Sights

Ousel Falls, Forest trail

Distance

1.66 Miles Round Trip

Parking Lot Elevation

6580

Summit Elevation

6449

Elevation Gain/Loss

362 feet of total loss

Time Required

1-2 Hours

Pets

Yes on leash

Fees

No

Water Info

Lots if you want to filter

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Condition

Well traveled gravel path

Restrooms

At trailhead

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Nearby

Food

In Big Sky

GPS Coordinates:

Trailhead:45.24409N, 111.33241W

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Driving Directions



The Trail:

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.

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The trail starts right behind the toilet.

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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.

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There are several benches and picnic tables that make for a perfect place to have a picnic.

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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.

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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.

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The Return:

This is an out and back trail.

 


Personal Thoughts:

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.

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Technicality
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Enjoyment
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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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