Ousel Falls Park Trail
A good all-year round hike to a beautiful waterfall.
If you’re from the Gallatin Valley or Big Sky region, you may have heard about Ousel Falls, even if you haven’t experienced it yet. As a summer-time favorite, Ousel Falls is even more stunning in the winter time. Depending on how cold the season is , the falls may be surrounded by snow or even dramatically frozen over, providing a beautiful iced view.
Overall, the trail is a quick 1.6 mile out and back hike located in the heart of Big Sky, about 45 minutes. Typically used from May until October, it’s a great all-skill level experience for families, even during the middle of winter. With under 300 feet elevation gain, this hike is more about the views than the workout.
The trailhead starts at a fork. Take a right to head down Yellow Mules Trail, and keep right at the next fork. Near the falls, there are four routes you can take The far-right fork leads the towering South Fork Overlook; the inner-right fork leads to the top of the falls via a natural footpath; the straight path leads to the base of the waterfall with a picnic area and natural pool at the foot of the falls; and the left path leads to the rocky Ousel Falls Overlook.
While this trail in the wintertime only requires a waterproof boot with good traction, the trail also offers backcountry sledding for children or others young at heart.