The off-road group Public Lands Access Year-round will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a rally at Camp 60 near Headquarters June 29.
Registration for the ride featuring all-terrain vehicles, utility-task vehicles and motorcycles will be held from 8-10 a.m., and the ride itself will be held from 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m. It will feature several drawings. Prizes include a Yeti cooler and Stihl chain saw. A free barbecue will follow the ride, and camping is available at the trailhead
The group, which also goes by the name PLAY, was founded following a similar rally to help promote the creation of motorized trails on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.
Since its founding, the group has worked with agencies like the U.S. Forest Service and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation both to create new trails and maintain existing routes.
Alex Irby, one of the group’s founders, said its members continue to work with the agencies to add more riding opportunities. They are looking to expand a trail system across the North Fork of the Clearwater River and up Isabella Creek and Smith Ridge.
“We take care of three major trail systems right now, with more additions coming up,” Irby said.
The crown jewel for the group is the Sheep Mountain Trail where the rally will be held. Irby said the trail has become a destination for many off-road enthusiasts in the region.
“I guess if you build it, they will come,” he said. “It’s a pretty exciting time for us.”
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