Pulaski Tunnel Trail

MODERATE 81 reviews

Pulaski Tunnel Trail is a 3.5 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
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
741 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

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
9 days ago

Beautiful trail! The beginning wanders along the creek and provides shade and cool temps under the forest foliage. Plentiful waterfalls soothe ears and eyes. Later, the hike goes uphill. For those who feel tentative on hills, hiking poles might be helpful. The many interpretative signs tell the story of Ed Pulaski and western wildfires.

17 days ago

Great trail!
If we went again (which we will be), I'd definitely bring more water/CamelBaks because it gets steep and HOT! Worth the climb though with the beautiful little waterfalls and wildlife all around. There's plenty of spots to take a rest every quarter mile or so, but PLEASE pick up after yourself!! I can't believe how much trash we picked up along the way.

hiking
1 month ago

I am giving this trail a 5 even though we hiked in April, so we didn't make it to the end due to too much snow for our group. The trail was beautiful along the creek, and I would agree that it is well maintained. We still encountered more people than I was expecting, so I can imagine this trail is fairly busy when the conditions are more favorable. I can't wait to do this trail in full some day.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best trails we've been on in Idaho! Well maintained, scenic and historic. Worth the drive.

1 month ago

Great trail with rich history, very tough people back in those days, I love the hike, and hope to try to do it once every year

1 month ago

Superbly well maintained and marked trail. Also contain plethora of information signs

hiking
2 months ago

great hike! we were visiting and found the trail easy. it is well maintained with lots of bridges to cross. nice little workout with historical information along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Awesome history and cave at the end. Bring some water.

2 months ago

Hiked this today. My GPS had this hike at 4.5 miles with an ascent over 800 feet. Not much elevation but it comes in a short distance making it a challenge at times. There is no snow. The stream that parallels the trail has a lot of water flowing making for a more interesting hike.

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

Great hike, there was barely any snow left at the top. We loved it!

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely breathtaking! Still snow, packed down but icy! Id wait a month or so before visiting!

3 months ago

4-18-18 Hike up to the tunnel today. We took our snowshoes along and needed them about mile and a half up the trail. Probably 65 today so lots of melting going on. Still a couple of feet of snow at the tunnel.

4 months ago

their is still 1-3 feet of snow on the trail most of the way. it was compact enough to stay on top of it (most the time) without falling through. I would wait at least a month if you don't want to deal with the snow.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail!

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Great snowshoeing trail. Really pretty along the creek. Trail is pretty well groomed for snowshoeing.

hiking
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

beautiful and historical hike!

10 months ago

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

hiking
10 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
10 months ago

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

11 months ago

Great easy hike

hiking
11 months ago

Very nice

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 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
11 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
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Short but steep.

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Good hike, lots of history in my town.

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