Ousel Falls

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Ousel Falls

This beautiful waterfall and canyon is easily accessible via a 1.7 mile round trip hiking trail.

  • Hike to a beautiful waterfall right in Big Sky.
  • Only 1.7 miles round-trip!
  • Easy and well maintained trail.
  • Trailhead: 2 miles west of Town Center.

Why should I hike to Ousel Falls?

The Ousel Falls trail is a lush oasis easily accessible from Big Sky's Town Center. The cliff walls that form this little canyon will come as a surprise and see if you can wrap your head around the name of the river: South Fork of the West Fork of the Gallatin River. Be sure to dip your feet into the cool water beneath the falls. This easy hike is well maintained and suitable for all ages.

Where is the trailhead?

From Town Center, simply drive out Ousel Falls Road until you see Ousel Falls Park on the left (about 2 miles from the Town Center). Find a place to park and you can start hiking down the obvious trail.

What can I expect?

  • Distance: 1.7 miles round-trip
  • Average Time of Hike: 1 hour
  • Elevation Gain: 378 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trail Type: Out and Back

Any suggestions on planning for this hike?

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it either at the falls or at a picnic table along the way. The shaded trail will provide relief on any warm sunny day.

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