Mullan Military Road Interpretive Trail

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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The Mullan Military Road Interpretive Trail is a short loop hike passing the spot where the historic Mullan Tree once stood. The US Army built a wagon road from Fort Benton, Montana, to Fort Walla Walla, Washington, between 1859 and 1862. Lieutenant John Mullan and his crew built 30 miles of this road in 1861, changing the route and going north of Coeur d’Alene Lake. Lieutenant Mullan carved the date Fourth of July 1861 on a tree, commemorating their construction reaching the pass and inadvertently naming Fourth of July Summit.

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"The Mullan Military Road Interpretive Trail is a short loop hike passing the spot where the historic Mullan Tree once stood. The US Army built a wagon road from Fort Benton, Montana, to Fort Walla Walla, Washington, between 1859 and 1862. Lieutenant John Mullan and his crew built 30 miles of this road in 1861, changing the route and going north of Coeur d’Alene Lake. Lieutenant Mullan carved the date Fourth of July 1861 on a tree, commemorating their construction reaching the pass and inadvertently naming Fourth of July Summit."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Coeur d'Alene
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes or less
Season: Summer and early Fall
Local Maps: Map included in Guide is adequate.
Driving Directions: Directions to Mullan Military Road Interpretive Trail

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May 2018