This was a solo day hike and the second time I had been to Busiek; however, I started at the trailhead off of highway A this time. I had never been to this part of Busiek before. I definitely liked this side better than the previous hike on the west side. The major advantage was being farther away from the shooting range on the west side. No matter where you were at on the west side, you could hear the shots going off. I didn’t notice it so much on the east side. I had both dogs with me, which was the first time I had done that so I wasn’t sure how they would do crossing the new bridge off of the highway…so I opted for the trailhead off of highway A, so we wouldn’t have to cross the bridge.
I really did enjoy the hike. The con to it was the weather was beautiful and being that it was winter and especially warm, there were quite a few folks out enjoying the trail. A lot of horses, and I personally don’t enjoying hiking with horses very much. It slows you down when you come across them and you never know how they are going to react to you. Horses tend to get skittish when you step off the trail and just stand there. So you pretty much have to have a loud conversation with the folks riding the horses and not make any sudden moves to keep the horses calm. Not to mention the horse crap and how sloppy they leave the trail.
The trail was pretty muddy but with recent rain, it wasn’t a surprise. I was hoping that would keep the majority of folks out of the woods but no such luck!
I would definitely recommend starting at this trailhead if you want a little more of an isolated feeling. Once you get close to the parking lot off of highway 65 and near the new bridge, you’ll encounter more people. I even seen little toddlers out enjoying the trail — that’s when you know you are too close to the public.
There’s an interesting cemetery as well. I won’t give exact directions to it, but if you happen to come upon it on your own, take time to walk around and look at some of the neat tombstones…really, really interesting. I would love to know the story behind it. Make sure you are respectful and if you see any trash, please pack it out.
I also spotted a QRS code hanging on a tag from a tree branch. I can only assume that this is some sort of Geocache but don’t have a clue. I didn’t have internet service at the time (yeah) so I took a picture of it for later but I shook too much to make the code useful.
Enjoy the pictures below and if I can answer any questions for you about this area, please feel free to shoot me a message (see link above) or fill out the form below. Happy Trails!
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