Pulaski Tunnel Trail

MODERATE 68 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

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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
3 days 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
21 days ago

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

24 days 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

2 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
2 months ago

Great trail!

snowshoeing
3 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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

7 months ago

beautiful and historical hike!

8 months ago

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

hiking
8 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
8 months ago

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

9 months ago

Great easy hike

hiking
9 months ago

Very nice

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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
9 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
10 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.

11 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
11 months ago

Short but steep.

hiking
11 months ago

Good hike, lots of history in my town.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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

hiking
Sunday, May 28, 2017

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
Sunday, May 21, 2017

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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

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.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Beautiful!

hiking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Did this trail 4-3-2017, still had lots of snow on it. A couple of feet deep along the trail, with compacted snow and ice in the center. We didn't realize it would still have snow, we made it almost to the end in shorts and Nikes, stepping into 2-3 foot snow banks on the way up and slipping and sliding on the way down. It's a beautiful hike, relatively easy to moderate. Will go back in the summer. Small parking lot at trailhead, and a bathroom. Creek runs alongside trail, sights and sounds are great.

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