Pulaski Tunnel Trail

MODERATE 102 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

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

cave

forest

partially paved

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.

2 months ago

Nice winter hike along a creek.

2 months ago

great hike with quarter mile markers to encourage the kids along.

hiking
4 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike the history made it even more enjoyable, the scenery was fantastic

hiking
4 months ago

I did this trail with my dog last weekend. It is one of the most beautiful trails in the area...very esthetically pleasing. It isn't a difficult trail and would be great "date" trail or reasonable for bringing the kids. It has rich history as well. The overall area is well cared for. You would also be able to get grandma to certain areas as it starts out paved and then it is reasonable level in the beginning, so enough to allow someone with limited mobility to enjoy the scenery, fresh air, and piece of history.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail, gorgeous small waterfalls. We picked a perfect fall day! So many colors! Not hard at all, just a couple short steep areas.

hiking
4 months ago

Took this hike on Labor Day Weekend. Beautiful! Loved the all of the waterfalls.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail with the sound of the stream always nearby. Not being in good shape, the uphill was hard for me. I had my 12 yr. old daughter with me who had no problem. Once we arrived at the overlook, we wished we could have seen the tunnel up close. But there was no trail to the tunnel. Some people must have gone beyond the fence and made their way down to the tunnel, but probably not supposed to. We saw a few people on the trail; 15-20.

4 months ago

Wonderful trail. I would highly recommend reading “The Big Burn” before you go. It gives a history of the fire that made this trail famous. It also gives a perspective of how tough those fire fighters were and what strong leadership Ed Pulaski and others provided in saving so many lives. Great hike for kids to learn about an important story of conversation and the formation of the US Forest Service.

hiking
4 months ago

Well maintained with mile markers every quarter mile and interpretive signs along the trail

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail with historic informative along the way
Recommend starting early as parking spaces are limited....loved the bridges, the creek, little waterfalls, scenery and nature
Recommend this trail to anyone

5 months ago

A lovely hike. It is a moderate trail, all up hill but not horrible. You follow a beautiful creek to the top, pretty little waterfalls along the way. You can hike off the trail to see the actual tunnel, great area history. If you are into geocaching there are 10 along the way, but look at the clues before going, service is spotty.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail with the creek running along it. Historical markers are interesting and it climbs a moderate amount to the top. The tunnel is down steep hill so be careful. Hard to believe they got horses in that tunnel! I have hiked this trail 3 times now and it's one of my favorites that I do whenever in Wallace.

hiking
6 months 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.

6 months 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
7 months 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
7 months ago

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

7 months 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

7 months ago

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

hiking
8 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
8 months ago

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

8 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
8 months ago

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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

9 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.

10 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
10 months ago

Great trail!

snowshoeing
11 months ago

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

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

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

Saturday, October 28, 2017

beautiful and historical hike!

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