Every tourist destination has guided tours, and that's really the best way to see a place. Letting an expert show you around, answer your questions, and take care of the pesky details is an excellent way to de-stress, while seeing more. And it's safer.
If you explore the Cascades with Chinook ATV, you'll spend the day with trained wilderness first responders who can administer first aid if needed, and taking 4-wheelers means you won't be too tired to make it to the top.
Owner Anthony Vega, like a lot of out professionals his age, occasionally ends up an unintentional ambassador for the LGBTQ community. "Most people don't know I'm gay (initially) but people find out when you spend a whole weekend with them. I've changed a lot of minds."
Vega says it's been a process, though. "Where we're located in Skykomish Valley, I've lived here for 14 years now? And it took a long time to be able to be comfortable being out. And starting a business was a whole 'nother thing. It took a long time to be accepted and feel like it's a safe place to live and operate a business. But that's behind us now, I think times have changed."
Vega founded Chinook ATV in 2017 after living in the area for ten years and has seen great success with bookings since then. You can go with them thousands of feet up into the mountains or let their guides teach you to hunt and fish. All you have to do is wear proper footwear, dress in layers, and show up. They take care of everything else, including the food. And their gear is top-notch. Even their intermediate and expert clients sometimes leave their own equipment at home.
Chinook ATV is a full-service tour guide company that operates year-round. As long as they can maintain their trails, they're out on them.
If you're interested in an adventure, don't wait to give them a call. They're popular and can be booked out weeks in advance for ATV tours and a year for hunting. When you finally get out there and learn to fish or see mountain views like never before, it'll be worth the wait.