• Post Falls Dam

  • Photographed by Tom Holman

Pulaski Tunnel Trail - 4 miles round trip
5 minutes from downtown Wallace, the two-mile Pulaski Tunnel Trail takes hikers back in time to the summer of 1910 and one of the largest forest fires in American history. Hurricane-force winds turned small fires into a blowtorch that ravaged more than 3 million acres of Idaho, Montana and Washington, culminating in what’s now known as “the Big Blowup.” 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. The trail follows part of the route the crew took along cascading West Fork of Placer Creek and brings hikers to an overlook across from the tunnel. Today’s lush forest belies the damage and tragedy of that century-old fire but interpretive signs along the way tell the story of the fire and the miraculous escape. Both the trail and the mine are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Pulaski Tunnel Trail is a nice and easy hike located at a well-marked trailhead soon after King Street leaves Wallace’s city limits (about half-mile south) of Wallace.

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.


First 725 feet of trail are accessible to visitors with disabilities.


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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A guide to North Idaho's booming brewery scene
New breweries keep pouring into North Idaho. Here's a guide for a beer-inspired road trip.
As we turn the calendar to that time of year when a brewery road trip is in order, here's what North Idaho is serving up, with breweries listed alphabetically by city.

Post Falls

Food: Food truck
Find it: 418 W Seltice Way, Ste A  208.262.4233
Hours: Tue –Fri 3–8, Sat 2–8

Post Fall’s Brewing Company
Food: Rotating food trucks
Find it: 112 N Spokane St 208.773.7301
Hours: 7 days noon–10

Food: Food truck
Find it: 6180 E Seltice Way 208.292.4901
Hours: Mon–Thu 3–close, Fri–Sat 1–close

Coeur d'Alene/Hayden

Food: Food truck
Find it: 317 E Coeur d’Alene Ave, Ste C
Hours: Thu & Sun 12-7 Fri & Sat 12-8

Daft Badger Brewing
Food: Full Menu
Find it: 1710 N 2nd Street
208.665.9892; www.daftbadgerbrewing.com
Hours: Tues-Thurs 11-9 Fri 11-10 Sun 11-8

Food: Snacks
Find it: 9265 N Government Way, Hayden 208.762.7343
Hours: Mon–Thu 2–10, Fri–Sat 11–midnight, Sun 11–9

Food: Food truck
Find it: 1710 N 4th St Ste 115 208.664.7727
Hours: Wed–Sat 2–10

Trickster’s Brewing Company
Food: Food truck
Find it: 3850 N. Schrieber Way
208.966.4232; www.trickstersbrewing.com
Hours: Mon–Wed 3–8, Thu–Sat 12–8, Sun 1-6


Radio BREWING CO.     
Food:  Full service
Find it: 313 Main St.  208.786.6633
Hours: Sun–Thu 11-10, Fri-Sat 11–12


Food:  Food Truck
Find it: 630 N. Almon St #130 208.596.4058
Hours: Tue–Thu 4-9, Fri-Sat 2–10

Food: Food Truck
Find it: 308 N Jackson St  208.596.4061
Hours: Mon–Thu 11–10, Fri–Sat 11–11, Sun 11–9

Sandpoint/ Ponderay

Food: Food Truck
Find it: 805 Schweitzer Plaza Dr, Ponderay 208.263.9222
Hours: Sun–Thu 2–7, Fri–Sat 12–8

Matchwood Brewing Company
208.718.BREW (2739)

Food: Full Menu at Brew Pub
Find it: Beer Hall: 220 Cedar St  •  Brewpub: 312 N First Ave
208.209.6700 / 208.255.4351 mickduffs.com
Mon–Thu 3–9, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun 11–9 Hours
Brewpub: Mon-Thu 11-9, Fri 12-11, Sat 11-11, Sun 11-9

Food: Full Menu
Find it: 214 Pine St 208.255.2453
Hours: Mon–Thu 11–8, Fri-Sat 11–9


Food: Full Menu  
Find it: 108 Nine Mile Rd  208.556.1120
Hours: Winter: Tue–Sat 11–9, Sun 11–8
Summer: Mon–Thu 11–9, Fri–Sat 11–10, Sun 11–8

Food: Full Menu
Find it: 610 Bank St  208.556.5600
Hours: Sun–Wed 1–6, Thu 1–7, Fri–Sat 1–8

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The Festival at Sandpoint will announce the 2020 lineup in the spring, ringing in its 38th year with two weekends of rock, pop, folk and bluegrass at Sandpoint's War Memorial Field in August.

Here's what you missed in 2019:

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats with special guests Lucius

Walk Off The Earth with Shook Twins

Jackson Browne

FAMILY CONCERT featuring The Festival Community Orchestra and Studio One Dancers.

Lake Street Dive with Darlingside

The Avett Brothers

Kool & The Gang with Leroy Bell & His Only Friends

Grand Finale: Spokane Symphony with special guest Sybarite5

Spread your blanket on the grass, open your picnic basket and relax on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille to music from Mozart to Led Zeppelin. Sybarite5 is classical music’s most dynamic new ensemble, classically trained to knock your socks off! Complimentary wine tasting before the concert for those 21 and older and a fabulous fireworks display following the show. 


Here's what you missed in 2018:

Aug. 2 — Big Head Todd & the Monsters
The Colorado-bred alt-rockers have dabbled in blues, jazz and funk since forming in the late '80s and have developed a fervent following in jam-band circles.

Aug. 3 — Amos Lee
A traditionalist whose smooth, Americana-influenced sound recalls the great singer-songwriters of the '70s, with the occasional tip of the hat to classic R&B.

Aug. 4 — ZZ Top
If you were bummed these bearded southern rock legends canceled their previously scheduled Northern Quest gig, fear not: They'll be taking over Sandpoint with those spinning guitars that made them MTV staples in the '80s.

Aug. 9 — Greensky Bluegrass
This five-piece from Kalamazoo puts a jammy, improv-heavy twist on old-school bluegrass, and the result has brought them some cult adoration.

Aug. 10 — Sublime with Rome
Although they didn't have a hit until after lead singer Bradley Nowell's death, Sublime has since had a long (but bumpy) trajectory, now with frontman Rome Ramirez. They're returning to the area following a Northern Quest gig with the Offspring last July.

Aug. 11 — Phillip Phillips and Gavin DeGraw
A co-headlining show with two adult contemporary favorites: Phillip Phillips is best known for winning the 11th season of American Idol and Gavin DeGraw for early 2000s hits like "I Don't Want to Be" and "Chariot."

Beyond those headliners, there will be a family concert on Aug. 5, which features music from the Festival Community Orchestra alongside carnival-style attractions, and the annual fireworks-finale performance by the Spokane Symphony closes things out on Aug. 12.

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The clear pristine waters of our many lakes and its tributaries provide ample opportunities to paddle your way through North Idaho’s waterways in a canoe or kayak and let the “quiet” speak to your soul. No matter where you are in North Idaho, you're surrounded by hundreds of lakes, rivers or streams, making the opportunities to head out in a kayak or canoe almost endless.


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