Day 4: Prichard to Wallace
BasicsDATE: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8th
DISTANCE: 37 miles
ELEVATION GAIN: 2,832 ft.
ELEVATION: 2,730 ft.
Population: 759 (2016)
Average High Temperature in August: 80° F
Average Low Temperature in August: 50° F
Average Rainfall in August: 1.18”
Leaving Prichard, we will follow the Coeur d’Alene River to Enaville, which is the location of the famous Snake Pit BBQ. This place is a treasure trove with an exciting history. After you have consumed your fill of Rocky Mountain Oysters get on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes for the remainder of the day.
Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes is a 72-mile asphalt trail spanning the Idaho panhandle. It was created through a unique partnership between the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, Union Pacific Railroad, the U. S. Government, and the State of Idaho. The trail begins in the historic Silver Valley, continues along the Coeur d'Alene River past Lake Coeur d'Alene and through rolling farmlands to Plummer. Twenty developed trailheads provide entry points, and there are seventeen scenic waysides along the route for picnicking. It was named one of the 25 top trails in the nation in 2012 by the Rails to Trails Conservancy.
Southeast of Wallace is the world famous Route of the Hiawatha. This 15 mile section of former railway is widely recognized as the most scenic hiking and biking trail in the USA.
The entire town of Wallace, Idaho is on the national Historic Register. A true, old west, mining town that prospers today as an outdoor adventure and tourist mecca. The town of Wallace traces its roots back to 1884 when Colonel Wallace purchased 80 acres of land and built his cabin in the area that became the site of the present city. Like other early settlers, he was drawn to the area by the rich deposits of silver, gold, and other metals in the surrounding mountains.
By 1887, downtown businesses were established and mining claims dotted the hillsides. The railroad came to town and the first Wallace depot was built. By the early 1890s, Wallace was a prosperous town filled with immigrant miners from all over the world.
Today, the world is still drawn to this area by the towering mountains, beautiful forests, sparkling streams, and world class attractions. Enjoy truly unique museums and historical sites that tell the stories of the railroaders, miners, working class heroes, and “working girls” that carved this beautiful gem of a town from the Bitterroot mountains. Wallace is a charming, walkable town which has proclaimed itself as the “Center of the Universe”.
Camping:We will be camping at the Wallace Visitor Center, located on the south edge of town.
Activities:The Hiawatha: This famous trail was originally a railroad line. The last train west of Butte passed through in 1980, and since then, it’s become one of the most famous cycling destinations in the West. With miles of gorgeous forest views, this trail will lead you past mountain waterfalls and over spectacular bridges. The trail is studded with seven bridges and ten tunnels, the longest of which is 8771 feet long (1.6 miles)!
Ride to Mullan: Those interested in riding further can continue on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes toward Mullan or explore other riding opportunities in the area.
The Pulaski Tunnel Trail (five minutes 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 adit - better known as the Pulaski Tunnel - where “Big Ed” Pulaski saved all but six of his 45-man firefighting crew in August of 1910. The site's harsh history is now buffered by a thick green cloak of spruce and fir; the West Fork of Placer Creek cascades down the ravine. Interpretive signs along the trail tell of the calamitous summer of fire and the people who suffered its scars. Allow two to four hours for the four-mile round trip to the Pulaski Tunnel overlook.
Silver Streak Zipline Tours: Boasting speeds exceeding 55 miles per hour on 10 zips over 250 acres, this is one of Wallace’s top attractions. Their office, the meeting point for every tour, is located in the heart of downtown Wallace. Pricing for zipline tours ranges from $80-$155. Reservations required. Call (208) 556-1690 for more information.
Mining Museum: Mining is a huge part of Northern Idaho’s history, and this museum covers the whole Coeur d’Alene Mining District. Call (208) 556-1592 for more information.
Downtown Wallace Walking Tour: Pick up a Wallace Walking Tour Map at camp in the Wallace Visitors Center.
Sixth Street Melodrama: Live and lively, this theater really puts on a show. The historic theater building is the only wood building to survive the great fire of 1890’s. Call (208) 752-8871 or (877)-749-8478 for more information.
Ghost Town Trolley Tour by Sierra Silver Mine Tours: Step back in time for a truly unique history lesson! Characters from a bygone era will share their stories while we retrace the significant historical events of Wallace, the Coeur d'Alene mining district, and the ghost town of Burke, Idaho. Call (208)-752-5151 for more information.
Oasis Bordello Museum When the final occupants of the Oasis Rooms left in January 1988 (the last recorded date in the “hotel” registry), they seemed to have left in a hurry. Clothing, makeup, toiletries and personal items were all left behind. A tour of the upper rooms explains the mystery of the ladies' hasty departure. 605 Cedar Street, (208) 753-0801.
Sierra Silver Mine Tours
420 5th Street, (208) 752-5151
An experienced miner is your guide as you as you walk through the main drift of an actual underground silver mine. Using exhibits and demonstrations of mining equipment, you will learn the historical and modern-day techniques used to mine silver, gold, lead, zinc, and copper. 75 minute tours start every 30 minutes.
RV parkingWallace RV Park
108 Nine Mile Road
Wallace, ID 83873