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backpacking
3 months ago

To begin with, the map on this app is only partially accurate. The western portion of this map is actually NOT the western most portion of Bushy Creek trail. This may be why people find the trail to be more like 17 miles as opposed to the 13 miles listed here. The western most part of the trail on THIS map is actually the white connector trail. So if you are using this map and hiking the trail counterclockwise, you will be off of this map and hook back up where the white connector meets the actual Bushy Creek trail.

The first day we hiked counterclockwise along the trail. This is when I realized the map I downloaded didn’t match the actual trail. Didn’t take long to realize the downloaded map used the white connector as the western trail boundary. The actual trail is marked in blue. This was fairly easy to follow. There were several step climbs and descents. Along this western portion there is plenty of water from the creek. All clear and cold water.

We lost the trail near the current river and decided to walk the creek towards the river. We found a beautiful spot and camped not far from the river. The next day we hiked back up the creek and found the blue trail markings with a little bit of effort. We hiked along until we found the white connector and toon that back. The white trail is difficult to see as I don’t think it gets much use. It was point to point and thankfully I had the map downloaded to use as a guide. This connector takes you through some beautiful Forrest. No water is on this portion, so pack up at the stream before hitting the woods. Also, we found two piles of what could only have been black bear poop.

This was a great hike. In all I think we did about 14 miles but not 100% sure. This is the most remote spot I have been in Missouri.

Also, I would NOT call this trail easy. With difficulty in following the trail, water crossings, rocky terrain, areas where the trail is covered in plant growth, and the 2200 foot elevation change, I would rate this difficult. I wouldn’t take an inexperienced person beyond the first few miles.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Nice walk through Ozarks rolling hills!

hiking
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

As there is no listing for it, I am adding a review of LAXTON HOLLOW TRAIL, which dead ends into the OT: Blair creek section. We hiked there and back again, only about five miles of traversing glade trails and goat trails. The scenery is exceedingly beautiful in the winter landscape. Much of the path looked as if it was constructed by hobbit- all covered in a cushy blanket of mosses and leaves. The views overlooking the draws were spectacular. I will be trying this trail in other seasons!

hiking
Wednesday, November 05, 2014

This is one of the better sections of the Ozark Trail network in that there is abundant water along it. We hiked from North to South and encountered many water sources even in October. There is a lot of walking in the woods without much interesting scenery. Hiking this in the fall or winter is nice because you can see the creeks and where the trail is on the hillsides, making the trip more interesting. I was frustrated in the early miles that there were no good places to get down to Blair Creek. It looked very inviting for a dip and yet no good beach or sand bar was very accessible.
It takes a lot of looking around to find a decent campsite unless you are willing to camp in the bottoms which--in the fall--were damp from heavy dew and fog. This trail is nice and secluded although there were quite a few ATV drivers on the forest roads. One pair stopped to talk with us and could not understand what motivated us to be walking in the woods. How could that be interesting? He also was surprised that we were not carrying guns, saying "I wouldn't sleep in these woods without a gun." I thought human risk, but he said because of coyotes or cats. Neither caused us any concern. This is not a difficult trail. In most places it was pretty well marked.