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Westside's Finest

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 3.2 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A challenging loop with big climbs and big descents.


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8.6

Miles

13.8

KM

50%

Singletrack

1,273' 388 m

High

953' 290 m

Low

964' 294 m

Up

965' 294 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Multi-use trail open to bikes, horses and hikers. Bikers must yield to horses and hikers.

Overview

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.

Description

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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Shared By:

Melissa Wagner

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  3.2 from 5 votes

#3073

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Photos

panorama on purple trail switchbacks
Sep 2, 2018 near Ozark, MO
Most technical section on Orange in the snow.
Jan 18, 2018 near Ozark, MO
heading down the switchbacks on the purple trail.
Sep 2, 2018 near Ozark, MO
Atop the ridge on the Busiek Purple loop.  Winter in the evening.
Jul 26, 2014 near Ozark, MO
Busiek Purple Loop - starting the switch-back descent.
Jul 26, 2014 near Ozark, MO

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Apr 20, 2019
Jay Mihalevich
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.