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Check out this slideshow from our fall day trips, then sign up to join us for our winter day trips!
Carol Ruhter

The Trailhead

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

" Gratitude is the best medicine. It heals your mind, your body, and your spirit. And attracts more things to be grateful for." ~ Unknown

TRAILBOUND TRIPS GIFT CERTIFICATES

Give the gift of fun, health, outdoors, and friendship... Holidays? Birthday? 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. Contact us at NorthwoodsGirl64@gmail.com.

Register for these Fabulous Adventures

  • Winter Day Trips ~ Jan 7-Feb 29, 2020 Explore winter’s exhilarating wild beauty in Northern Illinois! First time hikers can register for a free hike!
  • Utah ~ May 16-22, 2020 Go Adventuring in Bryce & Zion National Parks!
  • Door County (WI) Getaway May 15-17 and May 18-20, 2020 Explore sand dunes, lighthouses, and limestone bluffs along the shores of Lake Michigan.
  • Durango (CO) ~ June 14-20 2020 Discover southwest Colorado’s rugged beauty! only 1 spot left!
  • Washington July 11-18, 2020 Wow! ~ Wonderful Washington! Discover unforgetable scenery and adventure!
  • New York’s Finger Lakes ~ Oct. 10-16 and Oct. 17-23, 2020 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. 1st week is filled

Adventures in the Making

  • Coming in 2021!
    Winter: Galena Getaway (IL): January
    Northwoods Dogsled Adventure (MI): February
    Spring: Day Trips in Northern Illinois
    Devil’s Lake Getaway (WI): Mid May
    Summer: Sleeping Bear Dunes (MI):
    July 6-10 & 10-14
    Autumn: Day Trips in Northern Illinois
    Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Late September
    Turkey Run Getaway (IN): Early October
    Kentucky’s Red River Gorge: Late October

    Interested? Email and ask to be on our "1st dibs" list. No cost/obligation to be on that list.

Get on the Wait List for these popular trips

  • Yellowstone in Winter ~ Jan. 18-25, 2020 Discover the pristine, wild beauty of Yellowstone in winter!
  • Red River Gorge (KY) ~ Sept. 14-20 or Sept. 21-27, 2020 Nicknamed "The Red" by rock climbers, it’s one of the world’s top climbing sites.

Meet Our Trailbound Guide

Lollie Plantenberg
Lollie Plantenberg (aka “2%”) took her first Trailbound Trip in 2007 to Acadia, Maine and has been adventuring with us ever since. She led Trailbound’s weeklong trip to Minnesota in 2014 with her sister and fellow trail guide, Debbie "LL Lucy&qot; Hager. They’ll do their "sister act" encore for our May 2020 getaway to Door County and October 2020 trip to New York’s Finger Lakes. Lollie lives in northern Wisconsin with her husband of 35 years, Randy. Together, they have a beautiful family that brings her more joy than she ever thought possible. If she’s not spending time with family or friends, she’s most likely on a trail. There are two things that Lollie repeats often: "The more shoes on my rug, the happier I am." and "Bury me in my Danners." She hopes to see you on the trail -- and while you’re there, she reminds us, "Remember to jump for joy!"

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 guides.

Join us! Explore. Dream. Discover.

2020 Schedule

Winter

  • New Year’s Day Hike: Wed, Jan 1 Guide: Scout
  • Day trips (IL): Jan 7 - Feb. 29 Guides: Scout, Chippermunk, Spirit, Wander Woman & Zephyr
  • Discover Yellowstone In Winter: Sat-Sat, January 18-25. Guides: Scout & Rebel

Spring

  • Day trips (IL): Apr 14 - May 30
  • Door County Spring Getaway (WI): Fri-Sun, May 15-17 & Mon-Wed, May 18-20. Guides: 2% & LL Lucy
  • Bryce & Zion National Parks (UT): Sat-Fri, May 9-15. Guides: Rebel & Trailblazer

Summer

  • Durango, CO: Sun-Sat, June 14-20 & June 21-27; Guides: Scout & River Rat
  • Washington’s Wonders (WA): Sat-Sat, July 11-18. Guides: Scout & Spirit

Autumn

  • Day trips (IL): Sep 1 - Oct 24
  • Wisconsin’s Hidden Valleys: Oct. 2-4&5-7. Guides: Scout & TBD
  • Finger Lakes (NY): Sat-Fri, Oct 10-16 & 17-23. Guides: LL Lucy & 2%
  • Red River Gorge (KY) Sun-Fri, Oct 18-23 & 25-30. Guides: Scout & Rebel

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