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Carol Ruhter

The Trailhead

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

"All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking." ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Register for these Fabulous Adventures

  • Oregon ~ Aug. 11-18 & Aug. 18-25 & Aug. 25-Sep 1, 2018 Discover the Best of Oregon: its Coastline, Cascades, and Crater Lake 2 spots left for Aug. 25-Sept. 1
  • Utah Oct. 7-13 and Oct. 14-20, 2018 Go Adventuring in Bryce & Zion National Parks! 4 spots left for Oct 14-20.
  • Galena Jan. 27-28 and Jan. 30-31, 2018 Wander Winter Wonderlands on our Galena Getaway Only a few spots left. Act fast!
  • Fall Day Trips ~ September 5 - October 28, 2017 Walk on the Wild Side this fall! Explore 10 of Northern Illinois’ prettiest wild places ... Rejuvenate your spirit with crisp fall air, sunshine, & exercise ... Enjoy meeting other friendly women who love the outdoors ... Discover cool things about nature each week
  • Blue Ridge Waterfalls May 13-19 & 20-25, 2018 If you love towering waterfalls, gorgeous mountains, spring wildflowers, and meeting other outdoor women, this trip is for you!
  • Devil’s Lake May 15-17 & 18-20, 2018 Just 3 hours away - yet worlds away - discover stunning beauty and great adventure We still have openings for May 18-20
  • Turkey Run Oct. 7-9 & Oct. 9-11, 2018 Nestled in Indiana’s countryside, dotted with covered bridges, discover Turkey Run State Park; 2,300 acres of autumn beauty.
  • Superior Hiking Trail Sept. 9-14 and Sept. 16-21, 2018 Discover Minnesota’s Treasures: Mountains, Waterfalls, Lake Superior, Forests, & the Superior Hiking Trail!

Adventures in the Making

  • Coming in 2019!
    Spring: White Pines Getaway (Illinois)
    Summer: Glacier Nat’l Park (Montana)
    Shenandoah Nat’l Park (Virginia)
    Apostle Islands (Wisconsin)
    Autumn: Sheboygan Getaway (Wisconsin)
    Sedona & Grand Canyon (Arizona)
    Winter: Wyoming
    Starved Rock Getaway (Illinois)

Get on the Wait List for these popular trips

  • California Dreaming - Big Sur ~ April 8-14 & April 15-21, 2018 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.
  • Northwoods Dog Sled Adventure ~ February 21-25, 2018 In the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula - tucked between the great lakes of Superior and Michigan unforgettable fun beckons!


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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).


  • 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 2017 Schedule


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Sept 5 - Oct. 28

2018 Schedule


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois:
  • Galena: Sat-Sun, Jan 27-28; Tue-Wed, Jan 30-31.Guides: Scout & LL Lucy
  • Northwoods Dog Sled Adventure: Wed-Sun, Feb 21-25. Guides: Scout & LL Lucy


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Apr 18 - June 3
  • Devil’s Lake: Thu-Fri, May 17-18 and Sat-Sun, May 19-20;Guides: Scout & LL Lucy
  • Waterfall Hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains: Sun-Sat, May 13-19 and May 20-26; Guides: Rebel and Hellbender
  • California Dreaming in Big Sur: Sun-Sat, Apr 8-14 and Sun-Sat, Apr 15-21; Guides: Scout, Rebel, & Hellbender


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


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Sept 5 - Oct. 28
  • Minnesota Superior Hiking Trail: Sun-Fri, Sept 9-14 and Sept 16-21Guides: Scout and Running Water
  • Turkey Run Getaway: Fri-Sun, Oct 5-7 and Mon-Wed, Oct 8-10 ; Guides: Scout and River Rat
  • Explore Utah’s Bryce & Zion Nat’l Parks: Sun-Sat, Oct 7-13 and Oct. 14-20. Guides: Zip and Rebel

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