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Carol Ruhter

The Trailhead

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

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." ~John Muir

Register for these Fabulous Adventures

  • Full Moon Hike ~ October 13, 2019 Hike by the light of the moon on this special hike exclusive to Trailbound women and their friends.
  • Yellowstone in Winter ~ Jan. 18-25, 2020 Discover the pristine, wild beauty of Yellowstone in winter! Just one opening for this fabulous trip!
  • Durango (CO) ~ June 14-20 2020 Discover southwest Colorado’s rugged beauty! 1 spot left
  • Fall Day Trips ~ September 3- October 26, 2019 Walk on the Wild Side this fall! Choose from 43 options to explore in 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. 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.
  • 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

Get on the Wait List for these popular trips

  • Arizona ~ Oct. 19-25 or Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2019 Sedona and the Grand Canyon beckon...
  • 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.

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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 guides.

Join us! Explore. Dream. Discover.

Trailbound’s 2019 Schedule


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Sept 3 - Oct 26. Guides: Scout, Wander Woman, Spirit, Zephyr, Jet & Chippermunk.
  • Full Moon Hike (IL): Oct 13. Guides: Scout, River Rat
  • Sedona & Grand Canyon (AZ): Oct 19-25 & Oct 26-Nov 1. Guides: Rebel and LL Lucy

2020 Schedule


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Jan 7 - Feb. 29
  • Discover Yellowstone In Winter: Sat-Sat, January 18-25. Guides: Scout & Rebel


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


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


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