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Check out this slideshow of our latest trip to Utah, then sign up to join us on one of our weeklong trips!
Carol Ruhter

The Trailhead

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

"Keep close to Nature’s heart...break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." ~John Muir


Give the gift of fun, health, outdoors, and friendship. Also a great gift for birthdays, holidays or just because. We&146;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

Register for these Fabulous Adventures

  • Winter Day Trips ~ January 2 - February 23, 2019 Explore winter’s exhilarating wild beauty 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! 6 openings left
  • Shenandoah ~ June 1-7 & June 8-14, 2019 For one amazing week, treat your spirit and body to a tranquil wilderness haven and outdoor adventure. 1 opening for June 1-7 and 3 openings for June 8-14
  • Arizona ~ Oct. 19-25 or Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2019 Sedona and the Grand Canyon beckon... The Oct 19-25 trip is filled

Adventures in the Making

  • Also coming in 2019!
    Winter: Day Trips in Northern Illinois
    Spring: Day Trips in Northern Illinois
    White Pines Getaway (Illinois)
    Summer: 10th Annual Wild Women Triathlon
    Autumn: Day Trips in Northern Illinois
    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

  • Yellowstone in Winter ~ Jan. 22-29, 2019 Discover the pristine, wild beauty of Yellowstone in winter!
  • 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!

  • Acadia Nat’l Park (Maine) ~ Sept. 14-20 or Sept. 21-27, 2019 Watch the sunrise. Smell sea air. Listen to waves. Taste succulent lobster. Feel gentle ocean breezes.....
  • Apostle Islands ~ Aug. 3-7, 2019 or Aug. 7-11, 2019 The Apostle Islands offer an island retreat right in the Midwest! This archipelago of 22 islands is nestled in Lake Superior, off Wisconsin’s northern coast.

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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 2019 Schedule


  • 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


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Apr 16 - June 1


  • Wild Woman Tri: Wed, June 12
  • Shenandoah National Park (VA): June 1-7 & June 8-14. Guides: Scout, Rebel & Wander Woman
  • Glacier National Park: July 13-20 & July 20-27. Guides: Scout, Rebel & Running


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Sep 3 - Oct 26
  • Acadia National Park (Maine) Sep 14-20 & Sep 21-27. Guides: Rebel & Scout
  • Sheboygan Getaway (WI): Sep 27-29 & Sep 30-Oct 2. Guides: Scout and River Rat
  • Sedona & Grand Canyon (AZ) Oct 19-25 & Oct 26-Nov 1. Guides: Rebel, LL Lucy and Hellbender