Nature October 26, 2017
These 5 Idaho Hiking Trails Lead To Some Incredible Pieces Of History
Hiking is a treasured activity among Idahoans for good reason. There’s no better way of getting some fresh air and exercise than by going out and exploring our state on foot. One of the best things about Idaho is the huge amount of history that exists here. These five hiking trails combine the adventuresome aspect of hiking with some incredible pieces of history. These trails are perfect for learning more about our amazing home, and feeling closer to its history. Check them out.
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1. Oregon Trail Reserve
This hiking trail doesn't so much lead you to a fascinating piece of history, but it is one. This 77 acre site is located in Southeast Boise and follows the same exact trail that early pioneers followed on their Oregon Trail journey. In some areas you can still even observe ruts from the settler's wagons. There's something special about hiking along the same trail that early Idahoans travelled on over a century ago!
2. Pulaski Tunnel Trail
South of the historic town of Wallace is a hiking trail that leads you to an abandoned silver mine known as the Pulaski tunnel. This easy, four mile loop trail is the perfect hike for a family outing and even has plenty of interpretive signs containing information about the history behind the tunnel. The tunnel dates back to 1910, and is named after Ed Pulaski. Pulaski was a forest ranger who saved all but six of his 45 men when he lead them to a mine shaft in order to escape an oncoming fire. The tunnel remains along with several other remnants of the historic fire.
3. Swan Falls Dam and Wees Bar
Wees Bar is a super remote area near Melba, only accessible via foot. This area is covered in hundreds of petroglyph-covered boulders, some of which are up to 12,000 years old. The hike begins at the Swan Falls Dam parking lot. Although the trail isn't well marked, most visitors simply follow the river until they end up at the field of ancient petroglyphs.
4. The Brig at Farragut State Park
This 4,000 acre state park, just 20 miles north of Coeur d'Alene, used to be a World War II Naval Training Station. Today it is a popular campground among Idahoans, and provides miles and miles of hiking trails around this scenic region of North Idaho. By far the coolest aspect of this state park is the museum at The Brig which is one of the few structures left of the naval training camp it used to be. The Brig was responsible for training hundreds of thousands of soldiers, and has been turned into a museum to honor the legacy it has left.
5. Old Mission State Park
The walking trails within the Old Mission State Park are perfect for a family outing in beautiful Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. These family-friendly trails lead you around the stunning park and is well marked for your convenience. The nature trail eventually leads you to Idaho's oldest standing building, the Cataldo Mission. The mission has been renovated into a museum which contains interesting artifacts and information about the mission's existence.
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