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8.6 mile 13.8 kilometer loop
50% Singletrack


Ascent: 964' 294 m
Descent: -965' -294 m
High: 1,273' 388 m
Low: 953' 290 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)


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A challenging loop with big climbs and big descents.

Melissa Wagner

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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.

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.


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Sep 25, 2018
Jim Bellings
With a little more trail maintenance, jumps added, etc.....this could be an incredibly fun and challenging trail. Get out and enjoy it! 9.1mi — 1h 34m
Jun 24, 2017
James Brow
6.8mi — 2h 00m
Aug 13, 2016
Ryan Owen
I've ridden this system many times.
Feb 23, 2016
Dean Staley
downed trees,inclines washed out and hard to ascend, horse poop everywhere, frequent hike a bike, the orange route only thing fun at all.

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For me the west side trails are the best with exception of the purple trail. Between the tightness of the switchbacks, the large loose rocks, and the washout on some sections, it can be a beast of a ride. Beautiful scenery in the spring and summer months. Nov 26, 2016

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