Ousel Falls Rock Climbing
A cold canyon with a handicap accessible path that freezes early and offers 4 ice climbs of 25' or less. Rarely crowded, and mostly used as a half-day, lunch-break, or after-last-call venue. Also great in combination with a day at Big Sky/Moonlight resort. As for the ice, the falls freeze solid and the typical pillar formation is chandeliered (due to the mineral content of the area).
[Random related factoid: The namesake of this area is a small, watergoing bird. The ousel, also known as an "american dipper," is known for scooting about the bottoms of fast moving, rocky streams in search for food. They have all sorts of special underwater adaptations. Wikipedia that shit.]
Use Google Maps to find Ousel Falls Road in Big Sky, MT. From the Big Sky Spur/Ousel Falls Rd. intersection, travel 1.5 miles or so to "Ousel Falls Park." Parking area on the left. Follow the very distinct signage.
The approach is about 15 minutes.
Climbing Season For the All Locations area.
Weather station 3.5 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Ousel Falls
Right Hand Routes
: Ousel Falls
This is the middle of three right hand routes on the right hand side of the path to the main falls. You cannot miss these obvious pillars. Conditions dictate grade, ranging from WI3 to WI4+. Usually chandeliered ice. All three can be ticked off in a day. ...[more] Browse More Classics in MT