“A challenging loop with big climbs and big descents.
— Melissa Wagner
Multi-use trail open to bikes, horses and hikers. Bikers must yield to horses and hikers.
This is a loop that takes in all of the rideable trail on the westside of Busiek.
While only ~50% of the trail would be considered 'singletrack', much of the trail is technical equestrian trial. It is wide, but not really 'doubletrack' or road.
The descents are fast, steep and loose.
Busiek Rd is right off Hwy 65 between Springfield and Branson. Follow Busiek Rd down the hill. Follow to the right and under the bridge until you reach the dead end - which is also the parking area. Head across the foot bridge to the left of the parking lot - towards the firing range. The trailhead will be on your right.
Make your way down the doubletrack.
You'll cross the creek at least a couple of times. The creeks in Busiek are often dry but be prepared to get your feet wet. They can also flood after heavy rain. Use caution.
The first trail is White Trail
, one of the more beginner friendly trails at Busiek State Forest. Turn left when you reach Westside Connector
and follow it until you come to Orange Trail
has a good climb and super steep and fast descent. Once you complete the often loose descent and encounter another junction with Westside Connector
, turn right. Follow Westside Connector
a short distance and keep an eye out for Purple Loop
on the left. Purple Loop
is trail that features creek crossings, a big climb, and a singletrack bluff switchback descent. This trail will lead you back to the parking lot.