Gallatin, South Fork West Fork, Montana, US
Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream
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Ouzel Falls First Known Descent
Ouzel Falls First Known DescentPhoto of David Schroeder by Nelle Thompson taken 06/15/03 @ good
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.
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
Best guidebook for the area: Montana Surf, but it's out of
Lat/longitude coordinates (especially of the takeout) are an estimate from online maps.
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Last Updated: 2010-11-06 17:49:38