Fourth of July Pass Mullan Interpretive Loop

The Mullan Loop is an easy half-mile interpretive trail showcasing parts of the old Mullan wagon road, built in the 1860s to connect Fort Benton with Fort Walla Walla, and newer Highway 10, built in 1916.

Location Coeur d’Alene Mountains
Rating 2.1 out of 5
Difficulty Easy
Distance 0.4 miles
Duration 0:12 hours moving time (hiking)
Elevation Gain 54 feet
High Point 3,167 feet
Low Point 2,993 feet
Trail Type Loop
Trailbed Packed dirt, packed gravel
Water None
Status Unprotected
Administration Coeur d’Alene National Foreast
Permits None required
Conditions Excellent
Camping There are pit toilets near the trailhead
Maps USGS tba
Trailhead Take I-90 exit 28, Fourth of July Pass and if coming from Coeur d’Alene take a left, cross the freeway, then head right. If coming from Rose Lake, take a right at the stop sign. Cross the large parking lot and bear right (downhill) to the second parking lot and trailhead. There is plenty of parking and an RV turnaround.

Google Directions (47.620041, -116.516806)

Season Year-around
Squirrel Density Fabulous!
Distance From
  • Coeur d’Alene 15.4 miles
  • Lewiston 132.2 miles
  • Sandpoint 60.5 miles
  • Seattle 325.9 miles
  • Spokane 48.1 miles
Resources
Nearby Hikes
Date July 30, 2017

Roadbed of the orginal Mullan RoadAdmittedly, this isn’t much of a hike, or stroll for that matter, but the forest service did a great job showcasing some of the history along an otherwise busy freeway. The loop is literally minutes off the freeway ramp and lets you walk on remnants of the original 1860 Mullan Trail and the first “real” road built in 1916.

Here once stood the Mullan TreeNext time you cross the Fourth of July Pass, take a few minutes and check out the trail. There are four interpretive signs along the path and a small monument where once stood the tree into which Captain Mullan carved JULY 4 1861, naming the pass, the creek, and the canyon.

Enjoy this hike? Let us know in the comments below!

Trailhead
Trailhead
Old Highway 10 roadbed
Old Highway 10 roadbed
Brook
Brook
Captain John Mullan
Captain John Mullan
Much of the loop is single-track
Much of the loop is single-track
Geocache
Geocache
Roadbed of the orginal Mullan Road
Roadbed of the orginal Mullan Road
4th of July inscription in Mullan Tree
4th of July inscription in Mullan Tree
Here once stood the Mullan Tree
Here once stood the Mullan Tree
Theres a picnic table near the trailhead
There’s a picnic table near the trailhead
Trailmap

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. montucky says:

    I pulled off there once during a storm but didn’t take a walk around. Next time!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. naughtyhiker says:

      It’s well hidden…. And who knew, there was once a tunnel under the pass! Built in 1932 and filled in in 1990

      Liked by 1 person

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