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“Great hike”

Pulaski Tunnel Trail
Ranked #5 of 16 things to do in Wallace
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

The trail was easy to find and not very difficult. It starts out paved for the first 800 feet but then is packed earth with embedded rocks. It's a steady but gradual uphill with many benches for resting and lots of interpretive signs about the Pulaski and the Big Burn of 1910. It runs along the West Fork of Placer Creek so you can hear the water rushing the whole time and there are beautiful views.

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Reviewed May 14, 2014

I took this hike in May and the area was awesome. It is easy to get to the parking area and the trail is well marked from there. They had just had a lot of rain so the creek that runs alongside the trail had a lot of water flowing. There are a lot of interpretive signs along the way that give you information about the trail the about Ed Pulaski. The story about Ed Pulaski and the big burn of 1910 is very interesting. I would definitely recommend reading the book "The Big Burn" before taking this hike. It gives you so much information about the area and the stories of the fires that burned in the area. Walking along the trail I really felt I could relate to the story. The first 2/3 of the hike is easy and the last 1/3 is pretty steep but can be managed easily by taking breaks and enjoying the surroundings. At the top is a viewing area of the mine tunnel that Ed Pulaski used to save 39 of his firefighters.

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Reviewed November 2, 2013

The Pulaski Trail received a great facelift in 2010 - the centennial year for the Big Burn. The trail offers an invigorating 2-hour hike on a groomed trail through the pines of northern Idaho alongside Placer Creek. Informational signs along the way offer a wealth of historic fact about Ed Pulaski and his fire crew as they battled the largest forrest fire in North American history -- a blaze that consumed 3 million acres of prime timber in two days. If you like fresh air and are a bit of a history buff, this Silver Valley attraction is a great individual- or family-trek worth its weight in gold.

Thank Gary S
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

This little jewel is one of the things that brings me back to Wallace! It is an absolutely stunning hike, especially in the fall! You should be in fairly decent shape to make it to the top, but you if you take the challenge you will NEVER forget the beauty of this trail!

Thank Isabella O
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

The Pulaski Tunnel Trail, just south of Wallace, is a nice hike through the woods, but it tells a fascinating story. There are interpretive signs, at the beginning, throughout the trail, and at the end that tells the story of Mr. Pulaski leading a bunch of firefighters to the mine at the end of the trail during a big fire in 1910. It is quite a story of a true hero. The hike is 2 miles each way and there is some elevation gain, about 500-600 feet or so. Nothing too difficult. There are some other mining artifacts along the trail that have been left there throughout time. It isn't recommended going down to the mine itself, but I did see people attempt to do so. If you want a little more history of the fire and see some mining equipment up close, there is a nice park near the chamber right off the western most exit off the freeway in Wallace. A fascinating chapter to the history of an already fascinating town of Wallace.

2  Thank Rainier72
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