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Pulaski Tunnel Trail

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene
47.4586, -115.9360 Map & Directions
Length
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
800 feet
Highest Point
3720 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
An old mining shaft along the Pulaski Trail. Photo by austineats. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Good for kids

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

This North Idaho interpretive trail is easily accessible from I-90 and is not-to-be missed for its rich history of the 1910 fires. Continue reading

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Hiking Pulaski Tunnel Trail

This North Idaho interpretive trail is easily accessible from I-90 and is not-to-be missed for its rich history of the 1910 fires.

WTA's volunteer trail workers are well versed in the use of the Pulaski as an all-around best grubbing tool for a variety of trail projects. They may even be aware of the man who designed the tool, Ed Pulaski, a forest service employee and firefighter based out of the mining town of Wallace. North Idaho's Pulaski Trail delves into the history of the man, the tool he designed, and the 1910 wildfires that still leave their mark on North Idaho.

This is an interpretive trail, so plan to spend as much time reading the trailside signs as hiking on this four mile round-trip hike along a creek. At trails-end is the tunnel and commemorative markers indicating where Ed Pulaski saved all but six of the 45 firefighters under his command by holding them at gunpoint in a mine tunnel. His armed insistence on their remaining inside the tunnel saved them from smoke inhalation and the high temperatures outside their shelter. Due the significance of the events that happened here in August 1910, both the trail and the tunnel are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Teachers and scout leaders, be sure to check out the educational materials provided by the Forest Service.

The first 725 feet of this trail is barrier-free.

Toilet Information

  • Toilet at trailhead
  • Accessible toilet

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Wheelchair Accessibility

The first 725 feet of this trail are paved. Past that the trail narrows and becomes packed dirt.

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Pulaski Tunnel Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.4586, -115.9360 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-90 east (in Idaho) take exit 61 to Wallace. Follow the I-90 Business Route through town, turning right on 2nd Street, then right again on Bank Street. Bank Street becomes King Street, and at the edge of town, King Street becomes National Forest Road 456/Moon Pass Road. The well-marked parking lot is approximately 1 mile outside of town.

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Trailhead

Eastern Washington > Spokane Area/Coeur d'Alene

Idaho Panhandle National Forest

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