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Started early this morning due to the heat. Took the White trail loop first, but about a mile down the trail a sign marks the trail closed....why the trail wasn't marked at the fork, I don't know. Someone, somewhere is having a good laugh.
After a White trail backtrack, I decided to take the difficult Purple trail. The Purple trail starts out with a difficult scramble to the top, but an easy ridge-walk is the reward. The ridge-walk is a needed rest for the switchbacks that lie ahead. The begining of the switchbacks is the best place to enjoy the distant views. After taking in the Ozark panorama from the ridgetop, wildflower covered ledges, treat you the rest of the way down.
I took this trail about five years ago and had to walk around lots of downed brush and cedar trees where the Conservation Department was doing glade restoration on the final switchbacks. Five years later it's obvious that all the Departments work was worth it. The views and the wildflowers were just amazing, well worth the effort.
There are three different loop trails on the west side of Busiek State Forest.
White Trail is a 3.35 mile loop (currently closed)
Purple Trail is 3.0 mile difficiult loop
Orange Trail is 2.1 mile loop