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    Bozeman, Montana

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    Belgrade, MT
    Pathfinder | 90 pts
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    7/7/2012
    The actual falls get 5 stars, as well as the stream the way it carves its way down.

    The trail is a bit over-groomed, its more like a National Park boardwalk (made of pea gravel) than a trail. They should pave it an make it even more accessible if they are going to go this far. They want all dogs on leashes and want you to pick up after them. We are in the woods right? I am all for picking up around the neighborhood and in public parks etc, but this is the woods, does someone pick up after the bears, deer, elk, moose or horses?

    Leaving my personal opinions out this is a great trail for little ones both in difficulty and distance with plenty of rest places along the way and some very impressive falls at the end. It is a downhill first hike so be prepared to do the hard work on the way home.This is not the back country as houses from the Yellowstone Club poke out through the trees even as your gazing over the falls.
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    Lakeside, CA
    Explorer | 25 pts
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    9/7/2008
    Absolutely beautiful along with the wonderful sounds of the falls!
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    Belgrade, MT
    Adventurer | 251 pts
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    7/15/2008
    The falls are impressive, and this is a great trail to take your small children on, just watch out for the steep drop off at times. The trail is perfectly groomed and has road mix down for a very neat modern look. If you are looking for a rustic single track trail this is not it. There are signs up to tell you to pick up after your dogs, so if you like to hike to get away from civilization then then you never feel to far away here. I say if your out where other animals poop, then dogs should be able to poop too. Pick up poo in city parks. There are many beautiful scenes along the way, so bring your camera. This trail is just what you would expect from an area being consumed by the growth in Big Sky
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    Broomfield, CO
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    7/14/2008
    Cool trail that is well taken care of. Pretty easy hike, good for families with younger kids who are looking for an easy, short hike. At the end of the hike, the waterfall is very cool and there is access to the bottom of the falls - you can get within 50 feet of the falls. Definitely worth the time.
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    Branchburg, NJ
    Pathfinder | 70 pts
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    5/19/2006
    Fairly easy hike. Trail guide from Trails.com is rather outdated. The path to the falls is well-marked, wide and fairly smooth, but areas of the descent are fairly steep. The falls is very impressive in the Spring, and there are many small trails around the falls area. All together, we spent about 1.5 hours exploring. Falls area is probably a cool spot during the summer months. There are picnic tables near the falls, although they were very wet from the spray the falls was generating. Probably better for picnicing during the summer months.
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    Denver, CO
    Explorer | 40 pts
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    7/16/2005
    Nice and easy, but rewarding.

    The posted description on getting to the trailhead is not accurate. The highway does not end... at the trail head. The trail begins at Ousel Falls Park, clearly marked on the left as one ascends the mountain.
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    Trail Information

    Bozeman
    Nearby City
    1.8
    Distance
    105 feet
    Elevation Gain
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Easy to Moderate
    Skill Level
    30-60 minutes
    Duration
    Year-round
    Season
    Camping
    Additional Use
    Waterfalls
    Features
    Custer Gallatin National Forest, PO Box 130, 10 East Babcock Ave., Bozeman, MT 59771; (406) 587-6701; fs.usda.gov/main/custergallatin
    Local Contacts
    DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer Montana Page 83, E10; USGS Quad Ousel Falls
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