People can support access to the Okanogan County’s back roads — and take in some stunning scenery — in a new challenge organized by the Okanogan Open Roads Coalition.
“One of the best ways to protect and keep public roads open in Okanogan County is to USE them!” the coalition said in an announcement of its #TakeTheBackRoads Challenge.
Through September, people are encouraged to explore public roads (county, state or federal) and discover lakes, mountain vistas, and places for hunting and bird-watching. Participants should plan a route and a means of transportation — bicycle, motorbike, car, ATV (where allowed), hiking boots, etc.
There is a $25 registration fee. Entrants have the additional option to solicit pledges per mile or a flat donation.
Prizes: 1st place, one-year Washington state subscription to onX Hunt, a GPS app for back roads; 2nd place, custom-made knife and sheath from Dog Paw Knives (estimated retail $250); 3rd place, custom sterling silver “name ring” by Hillary, your choice of words; 4th place, Take The Back Roads T-shirt;5th place, Take The Back Roads trucker cap.
All registration fees and pledges will support ongoing legal fees and administrative costs. For more information, to register, and for a pledge form, go to the Okanogan Open Roads Coalition Facebook page and click on the challenge logo.