Gallatin, South Fork West Fork - Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream


Gallatin, South Fork West Fork, Montana, US

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Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream

Usual Difficulty IV-V(V+) (for normal flows)
Length 0.75 Miles
Avg. Gradient 85 fpm

Ouzel Falls First Known Descent


Ouzel Falls First Known Descent
Photo of David Schroeder by Nelle Thompson taken 06/15/03 @ good



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.


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2010-11-06 17:49:38

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Hand Carnage, courtesy of West Gally

Detail Trip Report  Hand Carnage, courtesy of West Gally  Gallatin, West Fork, MT(1.19MB .jpeg)

Brace I had to wear for 6 weeks

Detail Trip Report  Brace I had to wear for 6 weeks  Gallatin, West Fork, MT(998.78KB .jpeg)

Ouzel Falls, upper and lower

Detail Trip Report  Ouzel Falls, upper and lower  Gallatin, West Fork, MT(1.42MB .jpeg)

Kevin scouting Lower Ouzel

Detail Trip Report  Kevin scouting Lower Ouzel  Gallatin, West Fork, MT(1.29MB .jpeg)

Ben C at Lower Ouzel Falls

Detail Trip Report  Ben C at Lower Ouzel Falls  Gallatin, West Fork, MT(125.62KB .jpeg)

Kevin lining up for lower ouzel

Detail Trip Report  Kevin lining up for lower ouzel  Gallatin, West Fork, MT(199.63KB .jpeg)

Mike on W Gally

Detail Trip Report  Mike on W Gally  Gallatin, West Fork, MT(168.62KB .jpeg)

Mike A on West Gally

Detail Trip Report  Mike A on West Gally  Gallatin, West Fork, MT(524.95KB .jpeg)

Ouzel Falls First Known Descent

Detail Trip Report  Ouzel Falls First Known Descent  Gallatin, West Fork, MT(65.00KB .jpeg)

Raft Decent

Detail Trip Report  Raft Decent  @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream, MT(77.51KB .jpeg)

Log is now gone.

Detail Trip Report  Log is now gone.  @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream, MT(48.13KB .jpeg)

Pat Kamman

Detail Trip Report  Pat Kamman   @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream, MT(85.82KB .jpeg)

Raft Decent continues

Detail Trip Report  Raft Decent continues  @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream, MT(79.61KB .jpeg)

Raft Decent landing of 1st drop

Detail Trip Report  Raft Decent landing of 1st drop  @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream, MT(61.75KB .jpeg)

Matt Larson Main Slide

Detail Trip Report  Matt Larson Main Slide  @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream, MT(64.15KB .jpeg)

Matt Larson Below the main falls

Detail Trip Report  Matt Larson Below the main falls  @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream, MT(63.78KB .jpeg)


Gauge Information

Gauge Description:

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

Report - Reports of Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream and related gauges

Reports give the public a chance to report on river conditions throughout the country as well as log the history of a river.

Reports

When River/Gauge Subject Level Reporter
Gallatin, West Fork [MT] Kevin scouting Lower Ouzel lowish Ben Clack
4y188d23h43m @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream [MT] Matt Larson Below the main falls high runnable Matt Larson
4y188d23h45m @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream [MT] Matt Larson Main Slide high runnable Matt Larson
4y188d23h47m @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream [MT] Raft Decent landing of 1st drop n/a Matt Larson
4y188d23h48m @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream [MT] Raft Decent continues high runnable Matt Larson
4y188d23h56m @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream [MT] Pat Kamman high runnable Matt Larson
4y188d23h58m @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream [MT] Log is now gone. n/a Matt Larson
5y103d23h59m @Gallatin, South Fork West Fork Ousel Falls to .75 miles downstream [MT] Raft Decent high runnable Matt Larson
> 10 years Gallatin, West Fork [MT] Ouzel Falls First Known Descent good David Schroeder
> 10 years Gallatin, West Fork [MT] Mike A on West Gally med high Ben Clack
> 10 years Gallatin, West Fork [MT] Kevin lining up for lower ouzel very low Ben Clack

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User Comments

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May 24 2014 (1585 days ago)
Matt Larson (152903)
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.
April 6 2012 (2364 days ago)
x (1)
Hey, I want to say thank you for an intriguing site about a ecujsbt I have had an interest in for a
while now. I have been looking in and reading through the comments avidly so just wanted to express
my thanks for providing me with some very informative reading material. I look forward to more, and
taking a more active part in the talks here, whilst picking up some information too!!

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