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Fall Day Trips are registering now! Check out the slideshow, then sign up to join the fun in September!
Carol Ruhter

The Trailhead

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

"REMEMBER HER? she is still there...inside you...waiting Let's go get her!!"

Register for these Fabulous Adventures

  • Superior Hiking Trail Sept. 9-14 and Sept. 16-21, 2018 Discover Minnesota’s Treasures: Mountains, Waterfalls, Lake Superior, Forests, & the Superior Hiking Trail! 3 openings for Sept. 16-21
  • Oregon ~ Aug. 11-18 & Aug. 18-25 & Aug. 25-Sep 1, 2018 Discover the Best of Oregon: its Coastline, Cascades, and Crater Lake. One spot open for Aug. 25-Sep 1
  • Fall Day Trips ~ September 4 - October 27, 2018 Rejuvenate your spirit and body with exercise, fresh air, sunshine, wildflowers, friends, and discovery. Hike or bike 11 pretty "wild" places in Northern Illinois!
    1 Free Day Hike - 1st Time Trailbound Hikers Only
  • Northwoods Dog Sled Adventure ~ February 20-24, 2019 In the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula - tucked between the great lakes of Superior and Michigan unforgettable fun beckons!
  • Glacier National Park(MT) ~ July 13-20, 2019 -or- July 20-27, 2019 Discover stunning hikes, glacier-studded mountain peaks, wildlife galore, dips in glacial lakes, vibrant wildflowers, towering waterfalls, warm camaraderie, lifelong memories, and your own adventurous spirit!

Adventures in the Making

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

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

Get on the Wait List for these popular trips

  • Turkey Run Oct. 7-9 & Oct. 9-11, 2018 Nestled in Indiana’s countryside, dotted with covered bridges, hike, kayak, and horseback ride in Turkey Run State Park; 2,300 acres of autumn beauty.
  • Utah Oct. 7-13 and Oct. 14-20, 2018 Go Adventuring in Bryce & Zion National Parks!
  • Yellowstone in Winter ~ Jan. 22-29, 2019 Discover the pristine, wild beauty of Yellowstone in winter!

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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).

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 2018 Schedule

Summer

  • Wild Woman Tri: Wed, June 15
  • Discover the Best of Oregon: Sat-Sat, Aug 11-18 Aug 18-25 and Aug 25-Sep 1; Guides: Scout, Spirit, Rebel and Wander Woman

Autumn

  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Sept 4 - Oct. 27
  • Minnesota Superior Hiking Trail: Sun-Fri, Sept 9-14 and Sept 16-21 Guides: Scout, Willow, and Running Water
  • Turkey Run Getaway: Sun-Tue, Oct 7-9 and Tue-Thurs, Oct 9-11 ; Guides: Scout and River Rat
  • Explore Utah’s Bryce & Zion Nat’l Parks: Sun-Sat, Oct 7-13 and Oct. 14-20. Guides: Zip, Rebel, and LL Lucy

2019 Schedule

Winter

  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Jan 2 - Feb. 25
  • Northwoods Dog Sled Adventure (MI): Wed-Sun, Feb 22-26; Guides: Scout & LL Lucy
  • Discover Yellowstone In Winter: Tue-Tue, Jan. 22-29. Guides: Scout & Rebel