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Difficulty IV-V(V+)
Length 0.75 Miles
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Reach Info Last Updated 11/06/2010 5:49 pm

River Description

This is a fun blast of creeking in an area lacking good creeks. It can and should be combined with a run on the Gallatin, which is always running strong when this stretch is floatable. You can put-in above or below Ousel Falls. Ousel Falls is a cascading 35-foot falls with a very tight landing zone which is extremely shallow. If you decide to run it, be warned: it is shallower and more dangerous than you think. Be careful.
The standard putin is at the base of the main falls, allowing a peelout into a fun ten-footer just above the start of the action. Below this there are some low-angle slides and a few great boofs before you arrive at the big ol' logjam that marks your takeout. Give each other some space in here as the eddies can be scarce. Hike up the steeps on river left and back to your car.
The trailhead to Ousel can be found by taking a left onto Ousel Falls Road off of the main road heading to Big Sky (Lone Peak). About a mile up on your left is the parking lot. Hike in, Hike out.
Best guidebook for the area: Montana Surf, but it's out of print.

Lat/longitude coordinates (especially of the takeout) are an estimate from online maps.

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Matt Larson
6 years ago

Update: There is new wood in the section between the hiking bridges. Make sure to scout. It is currently possible to run. An obvious right channel at the first tree, then left side of a pour-over out of a new pool created by a down tree and mudslide. There are still branches on the tree - thus left at the pour-over to minimize branches. Below the second walking bridge is about 1.5 miles of class 3 boogy water with an occasional slide in the first quarter mile. A great alternative to hiking out however there is no clear place to leave your vehicle at the takeout road bridge. This entire section had been cleaned of wood until spring melt of 2011. There are now 3 log jams that must be portaged. This section has a super remote feel- beware of moose. Also a nice alternative to hiking out.

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8 years ago

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Gage Descriptions

By sight from the trail high above the river, or by looking at Ouzel Falls.

Directions Description

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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1198584 11/06/10 Matt Muir Added coords, abstract, & booklink; fixed spelling of Ousel Falls and corrected the name of the river (Ai carumba).
1194036 02/14/04 David Schroeder n/a