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Spring Day Trips are underway! Enjoy these photos, then sign up to join us!
Carol Ruhter

The Trailhead

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

"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." ~John Muir


Door County (WI) Getaway May 19-21 and May 22-24, 2017 Just In! 4 spots open for the May19-21 trip! Act fast for this great opportunity to join the fun!


Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Give the gift of fun, health, outdoors, and friendship. Also a great gift for birthdays, holidays or 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

Check It Out!

Check out the May issue of Costco Connection! Trailbound is one of 6 companies selected to be featured in the magazine’s cover story about outdoor-based enterprises. This publication has a whopping 8 million circulation in the US alone. Yay, Trailbound!

Register for these Fabulous Adventures

  • Spring Day Trips ~ April 18 - June 3, 2017 Walk on the Wild Side this spring! Hike or bike 9 pretty "wild" places in Northern Illinois, with 29 options (plus bonus kayaks).
  • Wild Woman Tri June 14, 2017 Our 7th Annual Tri...A non-intimidating sprint-triathlon with friends
  • Autumn in Vermont Sept. 23-29 and Sept. 30-Oct. 6, 2017 Join us for beauty, adventure, serenity, friendship, and more! 2 spots left for Sept. 30-Oct. 6. Take a Sneak Peek of the trip!
  • Great River Getaway Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 6-8, 2017 Where the Wisconsin River joins the mighty Mississippi...we invite you to join us to relax, reflect, and recharge! A few spots are open for Oct. 6-8.
  • Northwoods Dog Sled Adventure ~ February 21-25, 2018 In the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula - tucked between the great lakes of Superior and Michigan unforgettable fun beckons!
  • California Dreaming - Big Sur ~ April 8-14 & April 15-21, 2018 Explore where ancient redwoods and the Santa Lucia mountains kiss the Pacific Ocean. Hike along the Pacific’s sea caves, crashing waves, sea stacks, hidden coves, tidal pools, waterfalls, and sandy beaches. Spot playful sea otters, seals , sea lions, and tide-pool critters. The 1st week has openings.Check out a Sneak Peak of the trip.
  • Oregon ~ Aug. 4-11 & Aug. 11-18 & Aug. 18-25, 2018 Discover the Best of Oregon: its Coastline, Cascades, and Crater Lake So popular we just added August 18-25. Hurry, it will fill up fast!

Adventures in the Making

Watch for details and sign-ups for these trips coming soon!

  • Coming in 2017!
    Autumn: Day Trips Northern Illinois
  • Coming in 2018!
    Winter: Galena Getaway
    Spring: Devil’s Lake Getaway
    Waterfall Hikes in Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains
    Autumn: Northwoods Superior Hiking Trail

Get on the Wait List for these popular trips

  • Wonders of Washington (WA) July 15-22 and July 23-30, 2017 Walk secluded beaches along the rugged Pacific coastline... Explore the San Juan Islands... Hike through a rain forest, past towering waterfalls, and spectacular vistas... Look for orca whales, porpoises, harbor seals, and other wildlife. Sneak Peak
  • New York's Finger Lakes ~ Oct. 15-21 and Oct. 22-28, 2017 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.

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 2017 Schedule


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Apr 18 - June 3


  • Wild Woman Tri: Wed, June 14
  • Washington Wonders: Sat-Sat, July 15-22 and Sun-Sun, July 23-30; Guides: Scout, Rebel & Randonee


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Sept 5 - Oct. 28
  • Autumn in Vermont: Sat-Fri, Sept 23-29 and Sat-Fri, Sept 30-Oct 6; Guides: Rebel, LL Lucy & Hellbender
  • Great River Getaway (WI): Fri-Sun, Oct 6-8 and Mon-Wed, Oct 9-11; Guides: Scout & River Rat
  • New York’s Finger Lakes(NY): Sun-Sat; Oct 15-21 and Sun-Sat; Oct. 22-28; Guides: Scout & Running Water

2018 Schedule


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois:
  • Galena: Sat-Sun, Jan 27-28; Tue-Wed, Jan 30-31.Guides: Scout & LL Lucy
  • Northwoods Dog Sled Adventure: Wed-Sun, Feb 21-25. Guides: Scout & LL Lucy


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Apr 18 - June 3
  • Devil’s Lake: Thu-Fri, May 17-18 and Sat-Sun, May 19-20;Guides: Scout & LL Lucy
  • Waterfall Hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains: May dates TBD. Guides: Rebel and Hellbender
  • California Dreaming in Big Sur: Sun-Sat, Apr 8-14 and Sun-Sat, Apr 15-21; Guides: Scout, Rebel, & Hellbender


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


  • Day trips in Northern Illinois: Sept 5 - Oct. 28
  • Northwoods Superior Hiking Trail: Sun-Fri, Sept 9-14 and Sept 16-21
  • Turkey Run Getaway: Fri-Sun, Oct 5-7 and Mon-Wed, Oct 8-10 ; Guides: TBD

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