Pulaski Tunnel Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews

Pulaski Tunnel Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately 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
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
761 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cross country skiing

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

muddy

rocky

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
1 month ago

Beautiful trail with just the right amount of snow to make it a tiny bit more fun for the kids!

beautiful and historical hike!

2 months ago

It was a nice climb and beautiful views along the way! I'll be sure to hit this trail again.

hiking
2 months ago

Cool little hike that can be completed in a couple hours! Lots of history.

For more information and to get a better feel for the hike, I filmed it and threw it on YouTube. https://youtu.be/3twcjuqeDik.
Follow that link or search for 'Pulaski Trail - Wallace, Idaho.'

Hit that like button and subscribe as I plan on doing a lot more of these videos!

hiking
2 months ago

Well-maintained, excellent hike with brilliant fall foliage. Well worth it.

3 months ago

Great easy hike

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice

3 months ago

Can't find anything negative to say. Will do this one again for sure. Beautiful hike.

hiking
3 months ago

A decent afternoon hike. Lots of good history about the Big Burn (I recommend the book of the same name). The info boards are up to date and interesting. Trail is well-maintained but not very challenging. You can't access the mine entrance which became emergency shelter in 1910, but you can see it from the trail above (about 25-50 feet away).

hiking
3 months ago

Well just finished this hike and it's pretty all the way up! The cave is closed so you can't go in. The last part of the hike has a really steep incline. Their is may seating areas along the way but be carful when sitting down as we spotted dropping of possibly Rats.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty easy trail through some impressive forest. One caveat, though. The Pulaski Tunnel itself is actually across the ravine from the trail end. Going up, I was under the impression that you could walk right up to the tunnel/site itself and look in. Unless the trail has been modified since 2013, this is the status. That being said, if you are in the area and you want a nice woodland trail to explore, this would be a good option.

5 months ago

Did this trail last October with the pretty fall colors. I would call it an easy hike that most people could do. Athough it is not one of the most amazing hikes I have done I do like a trail with purpose and it does have that. This historical route follows the creek through a canyon up to the mine where Ed Pulaski and his crew waited for the 1910 fire to pass over. The forest service did a great job with the information sign boards and historical facts that are loaded with good reads. I posted a blog about this trail with lots of photos; here is a link if you are interested http://www.jesshahajphotography.com/blog/2016/11/refuge-from-the-fire-the-pulaski-tunnel-trail.

happy hiking!

hiking
5 months ago

Short but steep.

hiking
5 months ago

Good hike, lots of history in my town.

6 months ago

Great hike that follows the river. Worth the trip and almost anyone can do it.

hiking
6 months ago

My wife and I chose this as our second hike of the year. It is up hill all the way in. The last half mile is really steep. There are log seats along the way that are nice when you are older like us. We had our grandsons with us so we stopped along the river and let them dip into the cold water and cool off. There were several other hikers but not crowded by any means. Everybody was nice and polite.

hiking
6 months ago

The trail was slightly steeper than I was expecting, but well groomed and marked. The majority of the trail runs along the stream which makes for pretty scenery and the various info boards made the hike informative. To be clear though, the "tunnel" is NOT accessible. It is visible from the top across the stream.

7 months ago

I hiked this trail April 8, 2017 still lots of snow! We did lots of Postholing, falling and crawling under and over fallen trees. It was very icey and slick with traction. Made it to the top where it was leg deep in snow. Looking forward to visiting it this summer.

8 months ago

Attempted hike on Sunday 4-16-17. Only made it half a mile or so in. Trail was still snowy and very icey. Wouldn't attempt unless you have alternative form of traction besides shoes. But very beautiful and will come back in June to hike.

8 months ago

Beautiful!

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