Alpine Tunnel 

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Bob Falcone
The trailhead is behind this sign. There is limited parking adjacent to the trailhead, but there is some additional parking a few hundred feet prior to here.
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After passing an informational kiosk, the trail goes around this gate.
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At about .2 miles there is a sign-in log
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At .4 miles, at the Sawmill Curve, there is a historical informational sign. The trail crosses the creek just past the sign. In late July the creek was running rapidly. A month later, the creek crossing was dry. If you're using the COTREX app for this hike, note that it has old data and shows the trail starting here, not at the current trailhead.
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Immediately after the creek crossing, the trail passes the turn for Williams Pass. Continue on towards the Alpine Tunnel
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The trail follows the old railroad bed. In many places, the old wooden rail ties are still in place. There are some historical informational signs along the trail and views up and down Tunnel Gulch
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At approximately 2.75 miles, the trail splits.
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A left turn continues on the Alpine Tunnel and Continental Divide Trail. Going straight leads to the East Portal of the Alpine tunnel
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A little less than 400' straight is the East Portal of the Alpine Tunnel.
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Informational sign for the East Portal. Nearby is another sign with information about the railroad work camps that were nearby.
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The now collapsed East Portal.
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Back at where the trail splits, the trail starts a steep uphill section for the next half-mile.
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The view back down Tunnel Gulch from the trail.
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At the top of the hill, the trail again splits. A right turn continues on the Continental Divide Trail towards Alpine Lake.
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Bear left to continue toward the Alpine Tunnel Historic District.
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The trail starts steeply downhill. The railroad line and the Alpine Historical District comes into view. At approximately 3.7 miles, the trail meets the railroad bed the near the West Portal. Turn left to continue to the Alpine Tunnel Historic District
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After another .3 miles, enter the historic district. The first building is the old telegraph station. It is restored and is open for visitors.
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Inside the front room of the telegraph station. It is open year round, and used as a warming house for winter adventurers. There are the remnants of other buildings in the district, along with many informational signs.
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Once you're done sightseeing and taking pictures, head back towards the West Portal of the tunnel. On the way, you'll pass this stone marker, off to the left of the railroad bed.
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A little further down, is the collapsed West Portal of the tunnel, along with this informational sign. From here, turn back and then head back up the steep hill.
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At the top of the hill, you can continue back to the trailhead, or turn left on the Continental Divide Trail to go to Tunnel Lake.
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Since you've come this far, if you have the time, seriously consider going to Tunnel Lake. It's less than a mile to the lake, and except for a very short steep section immediately after turning towards the lake, the trail is fairly easy. There is no trail to the lake itself, but if you wish to go down to it, it's an easy bushwack. Once you've seen it, return to the trailhead by retracing your route.
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The track if you go the East Portal and the worksite. This follows the old railroad bed, and is a fairly easy hike of under 4 miles round trip, with 1244' of ascent.
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The hike to the Alpine Tunnel Historic District and Tunnel Lake. The climb up either side of the hill over the tunnel is difficult, but the remainder of this almost 10.5 mile hike is fairly easy, with 2042' of ascent. Add less than .2 miles if you also go to the East Portal while on this hike.
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Bob Falcone
The trailhead is behind this sign. There is limited parking adjacent to the trailhead, but there is some additional parking a few hundred feet prior to here.

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