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Fall Day Trips were amazing! View these pictures, then sign up for our Winter hikes and join the fun!
Carol Ruhter

The Trailhead

From Carol Ruhter, Trailbound Trip’s founder and guide.

"Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t"

MEET OUR NEWEST TRAILBOUND GUIDE

Julie Kanak
Julie Kanak (aka "Wander Woman") is a guide for local day trips and getaways. She spent most of her professional life in the non-profit world ... at a foster care agency, a hospice program, as a professional mediator and as executive director of an international peace organization. No matter where she was working though, this "unabashed tree-hugger" always had time to get out into nature! She loves to wander the world with her family, her friends, and also just by herself.
Julie lives in Barrington, is the proud mother of 4 wonderful young men, has been married to her college sweetheart for 30+ years, and is currently enrolled in a Master’s program in Social Justice. She loves reading and travelling, hosting exchange students, singing (poorly) and dancing (wildly). She looks forward to getting to know Trailbound’s "Wild Women" and exploring together!

TRAILBOUND TRIPS GIFT CERTIFICATES

Give the gift of fun, health, outdoors, and friendship. Birthday? Holiday? Just Because? We’ve got you covered! Trailbound gift certificates come in any amount. We will mail to you or directly to the lucky recipient. It’s a great gift for a friend, mom, sister, or daughter. Or put it on YOUR gift wish list

Register for these Fabulous Adventures

  • Winter Day Trips ~ January 3 - February 25, 2017 Walk on the Wild Side this winter! Explore winter’s exhilarating wild beauty in Northern Illinois!
  • Starved Rock Winter Getaway Sat-Sun, Jan 21-22 and Tue-Wed, Jan 24-25, 2017 Enjoy spectacular scenery, great eagle-watching, rich history, and warm camaraderie... just 2 hours from the Northwest suburbs The weekday getaway on January 24-25 is now full...Only 3 spots left for the weekend trip
  • Door County (WI) Getaway May 19-21 and May 22-24, 2017 The weekday getaway on May 22-24 is now full. Only 3 spots left for the weekend trip.
  • Wonders of Washington (WA) July 15-22 and July 23-30, 2017 Walk secluded beaches along the rugged Pacific coastline... Explore the San Juan Islands... Hike through a rain forest, past towering waterfalls, and spectacular vistas... Look for orca whales, porpoises, harbor seals, and other wildlife. 1 spot just opened for July 23-30. Act fast!!
  • Autumn in Vermont Sept. 23-29 and Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2017 Join us for beauty, adventure, serenity, friendship, and more! 2 spots left for Sept. 23-29 and 1 spot left for Sept. 30-Oct. 6
  • Great River Getaway Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 6-8, 2017 Where the Wisconsin River joins the mighty Mississippi...we invite you to join us to relax, reflect, and recharge!

Adventures in the Making

Watch for details and sign-ups for these trips coming soon!

  • Coming in 2017!
    Spring: Day Trips Northern Illinois
    Summer: Wild Women Tri
    Autumn: Day Trips Northern Illinois
  • Coming in 2018!
    Winter: Yellowstone
    Spring: Big Sur
    Summer: Oregon
    Autumn: MI Porcupine Mountains

Get on the Wait List for these popular trips

  • Northwoods Dog Sled Adventure ~ February 22-26, 2017 In the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula - tucked between the great lakes of Superior and Michigan unforgettable fun beckons!
  • California Dreaming - Big Sur ~ April 2-8 & April 9-15, 2017 Explore where ancient redwoods and the Santa Lucia mountains kiss the Pacific Ocean. Hike along the Pacific’s sea caves, crashing waves, sea stacks, hidden coves, tidal pools, waterfalls, and sandy beaches. Spot playful sea otters, seals , sea lions, and tide-pool critters.
  • New York's Finger Lakes ~ Oct. 15-21 and Oct. 22-28, 2017 According to Native American legend, the Great Spirit laid his hands on this land to bless it, leaving imprints of his fingers, which filled with water and became known as the Finger Lakes.

Welcome to Trailbound Trips...

Our outdoor adventures delight, inspire, encourage, and strengthen women.

Join us for fun hiking and bicycling day trips in Northern Illinois’ wild places. Bike under canopies of autumn color and along rippling streams … hike through forests dappled with spring wildflowers or in tall grass prairies … discover coyote dens and follow deer paths … walk through pristine winter wonderlands.

Explore and enjoy the Midwest’s most beautiful gems. Dogsled through Lake Superior’s Northwoods … kayak gentle streams under covered bridges … hike behind waterfalls and through canyons … horseback ride and bike through woodlands and meadows … savor vistas and sunsets from 500-foot bluffs. (Trails by day — lodges by night.)

Follow your heart on weeklong dream trips to destinations like Acadia, Maine, nestled by the Atlantic ocean … Utah’s gorgeous red rock canyon-lands … Oregon’s coastline, cascades, and Crater Lake… Waterfall tours through Carolina’s Blue Ridge wilderness … Snow-capped mountain wildernesses packed with wildlife and beauty. (Trails by day; lodges by night).

Discover:

  • Breathtaking beauty, unforgettable trails, and true outdoor adventure.
  • Your own adventurous spirit, renewed confidence, and exhilaration.
  • Tranquility: time to walk in silence, savor beauty, play outdoors again.
  • Friends who share your love of nature and the outdoors.
  • New ways to view nature and yourself through nature-based discussions. We also offer trips with a Christian focus, which are noted accordingly.

Enjoy this all with the friendliness, knowledge, and encouraging can-do attitudes of your experienced, women guides.

Join us! Explore. Dream. Discover.

Trailbound’s "Pre-Registration List"

Been dreaming of one of our trip destinations, and can’t wait to sign-up? Consider our "pre-registration list," which allows you to tentatively sign up for a trip as we finalize its itinerary and price. We’ll list your name in the order received, and e-mail you the registration link 24-48 hours before announcing it to our general list. No deposit required for the pre-registration list, and no guarantees for a spot. If you would like to guarantee your trip spot before official registration. We’re happy to handle that; you can mail a $500 non-refundable deposit which we’ll apply to the trip cost.

Trailbound’s 2017 Schedule

Winter

  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Jan 2 - Feb. 25
  • Starved Rock Getaway (IL): Sat-Sun, Jan 21-22 and Tue-Wed, Jan 24-25; Guides: Scout & TBD
  • Northwoods Dog Sled Adventure (MI): Wed-Sun, Feb 22-26; Guides: Scout & LL Lucy

Spring

  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Apr 18 - June 3
  • California Dreaming in Big Sur: Sun-Sat, Apr 2-8 and Sun-Sat, Apr 9-15; Guides: Scout, Rebel & LL Lucy
  • Door County (WI) Getaway: Fri-Sun, May 19-21 and Mon-Wed, May 22-24. Guides: Scout & Julie

Summer

  • Wild Woman Tri: Wed, June 15
  • Washington Wonders: Sat-Sat, July 15-22 and Sun-Sun, July 23-30; Guides: Scout, Rebel & Randonee

Autumn

  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Sept 5 - Oct. 28
  • Autumn in Vermont: Sat-Fri, Sept 23-29 and Sat-Fri, Sept 30-Oct 6; Guides: Rebel, LL Lucy & Hellbender
  • Great River Getaway (WI): Fri-Sun, Oct 6-8 and Mon-Wed, Oct 9-11; Guides: Scout & River Rat
  • New York’s Finger Lakes(NY): Sun-Sat; Oct 15-21 and Sun-Sat; Oct. 22-28; Guides: Scout & Running Water

2018 Schedule

Winter

  • Day trips in Northern Illinois:
  • Yellowstone Winter Wonderland: Sun-Sun, Feb 4-11 and Sun-Sun, Feb 11-18
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    Spring

    • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Apr 18 - June 3
    • California Dreaming in Big Sur: Sun-Sat, Apr 8-14 and Sun-Sat, Apr 15-21;

    Summer

    • Wild Woman Tri: Wed, June 15
    • Discover the Best of Oregon: Sat-Sat, Aug 4-11 and Sat-Sat, Aug 11-18; Guides: TBD

    Autumn

    • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Sept 5 - Oct. 28
    • Porcupine Mountains in Michigan’s UP: September ; Guides: TBD

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