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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.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 741 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

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Mountain biking

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Snowshoeing

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Cave

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Partially paved

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Waterfall

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Muddy

Rocky

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Getting There

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.

There is limited parking at the trail head, and one primitive restroom facility.

Directions: From I-90, take exit 61 toward I-90 BUS/Wallace. At off-ramp stop sign, turn and head south. Turn left on I-90 Business Route. Turn right onto 2nd Street. Continue to follow 2nd Street. Turn right onto Bank Street. Bank Street turns left and becomes King Street. King Street turns slightly left and becomes National Forest Road 456/Moon Pass Road. Continue on FS Road 456 for about one mile until you see the well-marked parking area on your left.

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Ronnie Anderson
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HikingGreat!

We hiked the trail a few days ago and only passed a few people along the way. It was mostly in the shade and a very enjoyable hike. We went around noon and was a little surprised that it was not more crowded. We have friends visiting soon and we will definitely take them here. There are some steep inclines but it flattened out enough that it made it easy

Eric Buhler
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Hiking

Busy, but an interesting interpretive hike.

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Madison Seymour
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HikingGreat!

This is one of my favorite trails — and apparently everyone in the state of Washington has decided they love it too???? Beautiful trail, but it is absolutely being overrun. We arrived to the trail head by 9 am, and the parking lot was already overflowing into the streets. I’m all about sharing natural spaces, but this trail is very very very heavily trafficked. If you’re cool with passing 30+ people: go for it! If you are looking for a solo, transcendental experience in nature — either get there before 7 am or find a more remote trail.

Amy Pruett
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Lisa Winkler
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Beautiful

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Kari R.
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HikingGreat!

Fabulous walk by the water! A good workout, I will definitely recommend this trail to anyone.

Tom Hamilton
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HikingGreat!

The trail is in immaculate condition which really is normal...it is loved and well cared for by a community of volunteers. There are a couple of very minor washouts, but nothing at all to worry about. Just be aware that it climbs nearly 1000 feet over 2 miles and there are places it is quite steep. Leave yourself time. The forest is currently lush and very green. Placer Creek has great flows of very clear water and plenty of places to stop and dip your toes or more to cool off. Huckleberries surprisingly were not picked over and plenty to be found especially if you wander a few feet off the trail. They ranged from slightly overripe at the bottom to still green at the top, so there will be good pickings for a couple of weeks yet. Most of the trail is well shaded which is great on the hotter days. It's really a very nice hike...just be prepared for the grade and leave some extra time.

Mary Sucher
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Hiking

Loved this trail - shaded most of the way. Followed Placer creek all the way up which provided fantastic cool breezes the higher you climbed. Many opportunities to dip into the crystal clear waters of the creek to cool your face on a hot day. Interpretive signs and distance markers guide your way. We walked to trailhead from town, but limited parking is available onsite. Nice tribute to firefighter and hero Mr. Pulaski.

Jessica McLaughlin
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HikingGreat!

Hiked this trail in a little over two hours hitting the trail at 4 p.m. Even though this was one of the hottest days this summer, the trail was shaded almost the whole way and thus made the outing very enjoyable. The sound of Placer Creek was heard throughout most of the hike and the interpretive signs were beautifully done (both in style and content). As stated before, there are some areas that have a steep drop-off so keep a watch on small children. We hiked this earlier this spring as well when the Creek was a little higher...still absolutely beautiful on this hike. There are several geocaches along the trail as well but take the coordinates with you when you go and use your GPS as phone service is spotty.

Douglas Pulsipher
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Hiking

Excellent family friendly trail with a great story. Beautiful creek. Check it out here - https://youtu.be/P-4Sl2Pnq1s

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Michelle Jorgensen
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Hiking

We drove over from Missoula to hike this trail. Mostly shady the whole way with a creek that follows the trail, great for kids to cool off in. No mosquitos. Watch some of the edges on the steep parts, my 11 year old slipped of the edge but made it to the end with some cuts and bruises. Overall great beautiful trail, I would definitely hike it again.

Tiana Blanchard
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Hiking

This is a great trail, not too difficult despite a lot of up hill hiking.

Heather Stokes
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HikingRocky

Very pretty hike! Rocks stick up out of the dirt path in places the further you go so walk carefully at times. The first mile was our favorite part of the hike. Great informative signs in great condition. A well kept trail. No bugs at all for us. It was great to enjoy a hike and teach my kids something new as well.

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Virginia Grob
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Hiking

Beautiful wooded trail. Family friendly, well trafficked and marked. Cool breezes keep you cool as you move up in elevation thanks to the creek that parallels the trial. Highly recommend both for its beauty and the history behind it.

Stacey Hanlon
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Hiking

Great Trail for a warm summer day. Plenty of shade on this heavily trafficked and well-maintained Trail. Lots of interpretive signs about Pulaski and the 1910 fire. Some insects but no mosquitoes.

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Culzean Fairley
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My 7 month old puppy and I did this hike. Dogs are allowed on a leash. I would recommend keeping your dog on a leash as the trail follows the creek and there are also some pretty steep embankments if your dog were to slip. Pros: No fee for parking. Paved lot and gravel across the street. Trailhead was very easy to find and paved all the way. Bathrooms at trailhead. Kid friendly. The trail was very well maintained and provides lots of shade. It was a great hike for a very hot day! It is 4 miles round trip (My Strava app actually calculated 4.5), but there are mile markers every 1/4 mile. I would say the trail is accurately marked as “moderate.” I thought it would actually be easier when I saw it would follow the creek all the way, but there are definitely some ups and downs. There are lots of benches to take a break along the way if needed. This is a hike with historical significance and there are many signs displaying information. Very interesting! Cons: I was hoping to get closer to the tunnel when I reached the end of the trail, but you look down on the tunnel across the creek from a viewpoint. It was clear that people have walked down the embankment to get closer, but it is steep and off trail. There was also a downed tree that ripped up part of the trail, but judging by the rest of the trail, I’m sure it is something that will be fixed soon. Overall, really enjoyed this hike today! Would recommend! 6/26/2020

Bekah Manderscheid
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HikingMuddy

Good hike. Lots of mud from spring run off still. Pretty busy for a Thursday morning. If you take your dog make sure they can cross paths with other dogs peacefully. Our sweet puppy was growled at several times.

Randy Seals
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HikingMuddy

Good moderate hike. Would be good for kids. Well maintained and excellent bridges.

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Hadley Barnes
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Hiking

I love the hike because it is easy and quick. Sorry really really quick. No where like 12 miles.

Jason Barnes
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Shady, well-maintained trail with historical significance and well-documented signage regarding that history. Recommended!

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Hadley Barnes
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I love this hike because it is easy , fun, and quick. Go on this hike because it is easy and quick. no bad stuff. You hear rushing water. There are lots of centipedes. One snail. I love love this hike.

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Blakeley Mccandless
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Hiking

Was here last week. It’s actually 2 miles, 4 miles round trip. Very well maintained. Great views of the creek. Some slightly steep portions. Wasn’t too high traffic. Really nice hike!!!

Larissa R
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Very well maintained and beautiful views along the creek.

Irwin H
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HikingMuddy

Very well maintained trail. Beautiful flowers and bridges.

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Samantha Teresi
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Keith Newell
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Very easy trail for a day walk. And was a beautiful day for one.

Johnathon Van Houdt
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This trail was definitely worth the drive from Coeur d'Alene to explore and I'm beyond impressed by how well the trail and its history is maintained. Be sure to leave a donation at the guest box at the head of the trail if you have a chance.

Tim Nault
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Wonderful trail. You really great an impressive sense of history and the trail stands alone as a very pleasing hike as well. It is fairly easy except it does get a little steep near the end. It’s pretty narrow much of the way as you’re up against the canyon with the creek down below (which was more like a raging river when I did this hike in May). There are some areas where landslides have occurred and it can be a rather steep drop off, so I personally would be a little wary of bringing young kids along. Really a wonderful monument to all the firefighters who perished in fighting the 1910 wildfires and since. At least as powerful as any granite slab could hope to be. It also provides much needed inspiration in this time of COVID-19, setting an example of leadership and sacrifice in the face of terrible circumstances. Very glad I did this trail.

Ron Jones
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This was my first Moderat trail from AllTrails. I enjoyed it completely. I lost count at around 12 bridges and I crossed. Numerous down trees but nothing that can’t be navigated. Very busy trail. So at least 30 couples or families. So at least seven dogs. Only one barked at me. The rest were well behaved. Overall everyone was friendly. I took several pictures for those of you who might not make it to the end. It is 2 miles to the end and that is where the Pulaski mine is. Lots of informative signs along the way. For the most part I moved aside every time someone was passing the opposite direction. There really isn’t enough room for two people to walk side-by-side. At least not on some of the trail. I scout trailer before I bring my family. I will definitely be bringing my family back to this one.

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

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