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Come for the trail and stay for the water show

The hike back to the falls (1.6 miles round trip) is not for the squeamish. The falls are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Woodbury, Minnesota
Fantastic local hiking trails to Big Sky

If staying anywhere near Big Sky, look no further than Ousel Falls to break up your Yellowstone... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
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Ousel Falls Rd, Big Sky, MT 59730
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The hike back to the falls (1.6 miles round trip) is not for the squeamish. The falls are exceptional site but be prepared for lot of up and down trails to see the water show. Well worth the trek but not a leisurely stroll.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank flynnpj
Reviewed November 6, 2018

If staying anywhere near Big Sky, look no further than Ousel Falls to break up your Yellowstone excursions! Beautiful falls and lots of places to sick and eat a packed lunch.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank ScottR_M5_400HP
Reviewed November 1, 2018

This hike is popular and crowded for Big Sky but very much worth the climb. The falls are really beautiful and the trail is very well marked. We hike it every year.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Boyd259
Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

This short trail takes you through beautiful scenery and the waterfall is beautiful. It has some steep areas, but with the fact that it is well maintained, truly most people could walk this. I highly recommend that you go and enjoy this stunning surprise!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Rene K
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

This was a beautiful little hike through the woods on a nice trail to a pretty water fall. I think there were some picnic tables to have lunch, which is a great idea for next time. Excellent way to get outdoors and in the woods...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tony D
Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

This was a nice short hike to the bottom of a hill to get to the falls. The hill was a little steep, even though there was a switch back.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank LauraW868
Reviewed October 4, 2018

I'd highly recommend this as a short hike to a great waterfall! We are so glad we did this one morning while in Big Sky. So beautiful! Highly recommended!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank joanw2902
Reviewed September 26, 2018

Less than a mile from the trailhead at the park to the falls. Well groomed trail is all downhill to the falls, so the march back up is aerobic, especially on the first day at altitude. There is a 2 mile flat trail from the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Michael K
Reviewed September 26, 2018

This trail was pretty easy and short (about 0.8 miles one way), very well maintained and paved throughout, and the waterfall was beautiful! We didn't have a lot of time, but wanted to do some hiking and this was perfect. With all the picture stops...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sxoxo724
Reviewed September 16, 2018

This was a fairly short and easy hike with not too many ups and downs. Good walkable trail. It's accessible and the parking lot is plenty large. We didn't see any ousels, but that doesn't mean they aren't there.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Jennifer M
November 14, 2018|
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Response from LeezFamily | Reviewed this property |
Should be fine unless there is a lot of snow on it. Just dress appropriately.
martin m
December 26, 2016|
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Response from Candlesmith | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are bears! Whoever said there weren't is....nuts! Of course they hibernate during the winter, but don't hike ANYWHERE around Big Sky without bear spray. Be sure it's current, ready to fire (out of the package... More
Keegan W
July 4, 2016|
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Response from TonyS1234 | Reviewed this property |
It was partially covered in ice during my trip. I'm not sure about summer.