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Check out these photos, then come join us and see the beauty in person!
Carol Ruhter

The Trailhead

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

Registering Now

  • Winter Day Trips ~ Apr. 11-June 1, 2023 Walk on the wild side this spring in Northern Illinois: Tue, Weds, Thu. Sign up now; Registration closes April 3!

2023 Schedule


  • Day trips (IL): Guide: Scout
  • Northwoods Dogsled Adventure (MI):Guide: Scout


  • Day Trips (IL) Tue,Wed,Thu, April-May; Guide: Scout


  • Tuesday Morning Paddles (IL): June-July; Guide: Scout
  • Wednesday Evening Bike Rides (IL):June-July Guide: Scout


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Tue, Wed, Thu, Sept-Oct; Guide: Scout

Welcome to Trailbound Trips...

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

Join us for fun hiking, bicycling and kayaking 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 … paddle some of our area’s lovliest lakes and streams … 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.)


  • 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.

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

Join us! Explore. Dream. Discover.