Ousel Falls Park Trail is a 2.6 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gallatin Gateway, Montana that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.6 kmElevation gain77 mRoute typeOut & back
dog friendlyKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWaterfall
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Four Picnic tables are available at the waterfall. It’s a great shaded and cool place to have lunch on a hot summer day.

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Ranolla M.
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HikingIcy

Beautiful hike, glad we wore ice cleats. Very scenic. There were a few frozen falls, a group was ice climbing the first set and a group had set up a zipline of sorts over Ousel falls. A well known place with a steady stream of people. Definitely want to try and make it back.

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Chad Caswell
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Hiking

Amazing winter hike! Trail is snowy but nicely packed.

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Robbie Dorsey
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Austin Miller
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Ricci Johnson
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Hiking

1st day of the year. 1st hike of the year. This was a popular hike today. People from all ages enjoying the day. The trail was snowpack. Ice on the stairs down to the falls. F.Y.I. the vaulted restrooms at the top of trail are locked.

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John Curtin
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Popular and relatively easy! Great at the falls-plenty of company but nice hike; we were there in mid-September!

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Dani Cooper
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HikingIcySnow

Loved it. The falls were frozen but so beautiful. The snow covering the trees made the perfect winter wonderland.

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Drue McLean
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HikingGreat!Snow

Nice trail. A little slick as it was snowing but the falls were beautiful frozen. Saw maybe 5 other hikers on a Saturday morning. Parking lot was nowhere near full

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Małgorzata Kacprzak
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Hiking

Best hike I have done

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M B
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Hiking

Nice short hike to see the frozen falls.

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Caroline Brady
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Hiking

Lovely little walk through a beautiful, snowy forest. This is a must-do easy hike for anyone in Big Sky meadow village.

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Светлана Сафир
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Hiking

Slippery. But so much fun!

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Sandra Sheehan
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Hiking

Today the trail was 100 percent slip and slide—hard packed ice the entire way. Beautiful but made me feel like a flat lander learning how to ski on a double black diamond.

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Cassandra Sura
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Hiking

Beautiful easy trail. Gorgeous views, well worn oath even over snow. If you start at the parking lot and take the path to the left along the highway, there are some beautiful lookout points. We then returned to the parking lot and followed the Falls trail which goes around and down with some small hills. Passed other people regularly despite the cold and snow today.

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Alexandra Matheson
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Hiking

Solid, quick and easy trail that was beautiful with a dusting of snow. Great for a run!

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Lauren Secor
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HikingGreat!

Easy, well maintained path to some gorgeous falls! Benches and picnic tables along the way to rest or just take in the views.

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Jennifer Wall
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful easy walk to the waterfall! Multiple other people on this on a Saturday morning but not over crowded.

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mega hiker
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Hiking

such an awesome trek! gorgeous sunset views

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Ian Burman
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Hiking

Great trail fir a shirt hike. Not busy today but was sleeting.

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Tyler Goucher
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Kim Robb
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Walking

Gorgeous heavy use trail

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Adrian Dupre
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Hiking

Scenic easy hike!

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Jon Adler
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Really nice and easy hike.

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John Powers
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Hiking

Good short hike in shade most of the way to a nice set of waterfalls

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Bradley B
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Shannon McGee
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HikingGreat!
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Cory Craig
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HikingGreat!

This is a great, short trail that offers great views of Ousel Falls at the end. High trafficked and well-maintained. Plenty of places to sit down and take a rest along the trail though not much change in elevation. Make sure to bring bear spray as there are signs up at the trailhead warning of recent bear attacks.

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Emily Dotson
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Hiking

Easy with some steep bits. Super well paved and maintained but a little rocky around the falls. Good for app skill levels.

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