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Pulaski Tunnel Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Wallace, Idaho that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 741 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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blowdown

muddy

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The Pulaski Tunnel Trail (just a few miles from Wallace, ID) traces part of the route that Edward Pulaski’s crew followed during their escape from the 1910 fires. The trail’s two-mile course brings hikers to an overlook across the creek from the Nicholson mine entrance - better known as the Pulaski Tunnel. During a major forest fire in North Idaho in the late summer of 1910, “Big Ed” Pulaski’s firefighting crew got caught in the middle of a fire storm. Pulaski saved all but six of his 45-man firefighting crew, by forcing a march to the entrance of the nearby mine, hiding his crew inside, and holding them at gun point until the fire had abated. The route of this famous escape in 1910, is now an historical trail with interpretive signs along the way. The route follows along Placer Creek, and terminates at the entrance to the old mine. This is a four mile out and back trail, with considerable inclines in places. Allow two to four hours for the four-mile round trip to the Pulaski Tunnel overlook. Accessibility: First 725 feet of trail are accessible to visitors with disabilities.

hiking
5 days ago

5/16/2020 Well maintained trail! Pretty busy when we went but it was a nice weekend day so that was to be expected.

hiking
muddy
8 days ago

We have been looking forward to this trail, and it definitely did not disappoint! Loved the spring time, high/fast creek water experience.

blowdown
13 days ago

5/11 - Decided I was going to hike this today and it did NOT disappoint. The entire trail was clear, except for some lingering snow piles at the 2 mile mark. There was also a downed tree across the trail at the 1.5 mile mark, but you're able work your way around it. This was a fantastic (and certainly very beautiful) hike to Pulaski Tunnel. The history behind it all makes it even better!

hiking
blowdown
snow
20 days ago

Wasn't sure how much snow I would come across, but gave it a try. Hit spotty snow about 1 1/4 miles in, but was all passable. few blow down trees but you could go around or over easily. Top had a good amount of snow, but still hard enough you can walk on top of it. Encountered a few people along the way. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT People cant seem to understand this concept picked up a lot of garbage along the way.

26 days ago

Excellent hike. Snow is melting quickly! A must see for everyone!

hiking
icy
muddy
over grown
snow
26 days ago

Lots of snow for the top 3/4 mile. 18+” of snow to try and walk on top. Lots of run off so it’s very pretty and enjoyable, but a harder trail than normal due to conditions.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
30 days ago

We went up the trail on April 24th. Large chunks of the trail were dry and bare, but a majority of the trail still has some snow &/or ice. If you are not willing to post-hole up to your thigh every once in awhile, I recommend waiting a few weeks for a clearer trail. The creek is absolutely gushing and beautiful this time of the year.

2 months ago

Wear your Gators and cramp-ons. the snow pack condenses into a sheet of ice and sticks around well into Spring. happy trails y'all!

hiking
icy
snow
2 months ago

Very nice scenic trail. was still quite icy and snowy. my yak tracks were very necessary for some of the downhill areas.

hiking
3 months ago

A nicely wooded, scenic trail rich in area history. A decent workout.

hiking
icy
snow
4 months ago

Wonderful winter hike! Completed it just wearing hiking boots, but had to do a little sliding. I would suggest ice clips. Saw a couple elk as well.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

Great hike in the beautiful Idaho mountains. The trail was mostly covered in snow with patches of ice in the shaded areas. Very picturesque. Loved listening to the sound of Placer Creek.

hiking
6 months ago

I took my girls today and it was stunning! We read the information boards and loved the lookout. The trail and bridges are a little icy in spots but absolutely doable.

hiking
icy
rocky
6 months ago

Very educational hike! It was cold this time of year so bundle up for the shady spots.

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous scenery. Went in snowy weather. Moderate but fairly short hike. Nice historical story to go along with the hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful forest trail, managed well. enjoyed it. Will return. Good for all ages.

hiking
8 months ago

My wife and I love this hike, we recommend it to everyone visiting the Silver valley. It’s easy access and the trail is maintained nicely.

hiking
8 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in Idaho and as a retired firefighter it was an amazing history lesson. Really fun trail that is very well maintained and plenty of rest areas for those who might be nervous about taking on this trail. The town of Wallace is an awesome little town that takes you back in time. If you are in the area don’t miss this fun little hike.

hiking
9 months ago

my 3 year older loved this hike

hiking
9 months ago

hiked 8/3/19 enjoyed with great friends! nice hike for the entire family!

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful hike the story about the trail was very heroic I would recommend for sure

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