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400 Best Hiking Quotes to Inspire You to Get Outdoors

Last Updated: October 24, 2022 by Team

Being out hiking in nature is perhaps the healthiest activity available, rejuvenating the soul, challenging our bodies, and quietening our minds. Hiking has plenty of advantages: we can enjoy fresh air, great views, and the smell and sounds of nature, and it is a great exercise form.

The beautiful thing about hiking is that it’s truly an activity everyone can do. Whether you’re young or old, an expert or an amateur, there’s a trail out there that will be perfect for you. Hiking connects us to nature and provides a sense of accomplishment.

Hiking Quotes are a great source of inspiration and motivation. In this article, you’ll find 400+ inspiring quotes about hiking, including trekking quotes, mountain hiking quotes, and hiking quotes for couples. Whether you’re planning a trek through the woods, a strenuous mountain climb, or just an afternoon wander along the coast, and these hiking quotes will help motivate you to explore our beautiful natural world.

Inspiring Hiking Quotes For Adventure Lovers

Top 10 Hiking Quotes

“Your mountain may be harder to climb but oh the view, the view is divine.” – Jennae Cecelia

“You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” – Dr. Seuss

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

“You, who know that all the bruises and scrapes from scrambling and rambling are the best because they remind you of being alive.” – Madison Perrins

“You won, this time. But you are as big as you are ever going to get. And I’m still growing.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

“You never climb the same mountain twice, not even in memory. Memory rebuilds the mountain, changes the weather, retells the jokes, remakes all the moves.” – Lito Flores

“You need special shoes for hiking – and a bit of a special soul as well.” – Terri Guillemets

“You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.” – Sue Fitzmaurice

“You can’t find happiness at the end of your journey if you didn’t bring it with you all along.” – Katrina Mayer

“You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.” – John Muir


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“Hiking—much like drinking—is something that sounds more fun to the uninitiated than it actually is.” – Mindy McGinnis

“Hiking’s not for everyone. Notice the wilderness is mostly empty.” – Sonja Yoerg

“Hiking side effects include sweating, euphoria, and general awesomeness.”

“Hiking is the only slightly less ugly stepsister of running.” – Lindy Hughes

“Hiking is the best workout. You can hike for three hours and not even realize you’re working out. And, hiking alone lets me have some time to myself.” – Jamie Luner

“Hiking is the answer. Who cares what the question is.”

“Hiking is not escapism; it’s realism. The people who choose to spend time outdoors are not running away from anything; we are returning to where we belong.” – Jennifer Pharr Davis

“Hiking is just walking where it’s okay to pee.” – Demetri Martin

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” – Sir Ranulph Fiennes

“There is always an adventure waiting in the woods.” – Katelyn S. Bolds

“There are two kinds of climbers: those who climb because their heart sings when they’re in the mountains, and all the rest.” – Alex Lowe

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

“The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot” – Werner Herzog

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost

“The wild woman has a deep love of nature; a love for the ancient mother. Though possibly misunderstood, it has always been in her. When she goes into the wilderness, a part of her soul is going home.” – Shikoba

“Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit”

“Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot.” – Diane Spicer

And when you reach The peak of that mountain Don't you forget The hike that got you there. Ashlee Edens

Short Hiking Quotes

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“Your partner is both home and adventure all at once.”

“You need mountains. Long staircases don’t make good hikers.”

“You keep me safe, I’ll keep you wild.”

“You can’t climb up a mountain, with downhill thoughts.”

“You can visit the same trail twice but you’ll never take the same hike.”

“You are my greatest adventure.”

“Wonder. Wander. Repeat.”

“When you’re tired, focus on the sights.”

“Where the signposts end, the trail begins.” – Marty Rubin

“Wander often. Wonder always.”

“Walking is a man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates

“Vanity dies on nature trails.” – We Dream of Travel

“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles” – Marie Davis

“Sometimes, nature is all you need.” – Shikoba

“Sometimes it’s so bad it’s good”

“Someone told me to ‘take a hike,’ so I did.”

“Stop following others and create your own path in life.”

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

“Sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the bear world.” – Bears

“Sky above, earth below, and peace within.”

“People don’t take trips, trips take people.” – John Steinbeck

“Only one who wanders finds a new path.” – Norwegian Proverb

“Oh, darling, let’s be adventurers.”

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

“No matter how rough it gets, just keep on moving.”

“Nature is the greatest place to heal and recharge.”

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder

“Move the body, still the mind.”

“Life’s a climb but the view is great.”

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller

“Life is better in hiking boots.”

“Let’s wander where the wifi is weak.”

“Let’s travel together and get lost in beautiful places.”

“It feels good to be lost in the right direction.”

“May the forest be with you.”

“Live your life by a compass, not a clock.”

“It’s all fun and games until you hear a twig snap behind you.”

“It’s a hill. Get over it.”

“Just put one foot in front of the other.” – Austin Peck

“Jobs fill your pocket. Adventures fill your soul.” – Jaime Lyn Beatty

“It’s not where you go, but who you go with.”

“Let’s find some beautiful place to get lost together.”

“Leave the road, take the trails.” – Pythagore

“May your search through nature lead you to yourself.” – Shikoba

“I wood never leaf a hiker behind.”

“I will go hiking here or there, I will go hiking everywhere.”

“I used to hike… but then I got a drone.” – We Dream of Travel

“I know there’s nature all around, but I can’t keep my eyes off of you.”

“I know I hike like a girl, try to keep up.”

“I just wanna kick it in the woods with my birches.”

“I hike to burn off the crazy.”

“I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.” – G.M. Trevelyan

“I have a therapist. Her name is hiking.”

“Hiking is my cardio.”

“I don’t get it. The trail looked so flat on the map.”

“I could never resist the call of the trail.” – Buffalo Bill

“Hike more, worry less.”

“Go where you feel the most alive.”

“Fresh air and muddy boots make everything better.”

“For the sake of your soul, venture out.”

“Getting to the top of the mountain was such a re-leaf.”

“Feeling LOW? Go on mountains.” – Prajakta Mhadnak

“Fall down seven times and stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

“Everything worthwhile is uphill. Everything.” – John Maxwell

“Happiness and hiking go hand in hand or foot in boot.” – Diane Spicer

“Happiest wherever I can wear hiking shoes.”

“Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.”

“DEET is nature’s cologne.” – Every Hiker

“Cover the earth before it covers you.” – Dagobert D. Runes

“Coffee, Mountains, Adventure.”

“Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.” – Margaret Young

“Always take the scenic route.”

“Anywhere is ‘within walking distance’.”

“All good things are wild and free.”

“A journey well shared is a journey well enjoyed.”

“A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tzu

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart

“Adventure awaits.”

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A vagrant is everywhere at home.” – Martial

“They are able who think they are able.” – Virgil

“These boots were made for hiking.”

“There’s no one I’d rather walk the trails with than you.”

“Sharing adventures means enjoying them 100% more.”

“Life was meant for good friends & great adventures.”

“Happiness is hiking with friends.”

“Friends that travel together, stay together.”

“Bring a compass. It’s awkward when you have to eat your friends.”

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Funny Hiking Quotes

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“What on earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die of course. Literally shit myself lifeless.” – Bill Bryson

“What a funny world we live in when we won’t turn our phones off but we get excited to see we’ve hiked far enough to lose service.”

“We’re constantly shown the“real world” on our screens but we come face to face with the real world out on the trail.” – We Dream of Travel

“We must get beyond textbooks, go out into bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness of truth and explore and tell the world of our glorious journey” – John Hope

“We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down.” – Robert Sweetgall

“We don’t stop hiking because we grow old. We grow old because we stop hiking.” – Finis Mitchell

“The trail leads not merely north and south, but up to the body, mind, and soul of man.” – Harold Allen

“The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast, and you miss all you are traveling for.” – Louis L’Amour

“The sun shines not on us but in us.” – John Muir

“The sun shines brightest from the peaks of mountains.” – We Dream of Travel

“The summit is what drives us, but the climb itself is what matters.” – Conrad Anker

“The stars were better company anyway.” – David Eddings

“The right someone will hack through the bushes and challenge the woods, but most importantly, they’ll enjoy every step with you.”

“The right companion makes memories last a lifetime.”

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing views. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” – Edward Abbey

“May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits.” – Harley King

“Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

“Like the weightlessness of standing at the peak, a soulmate makes you feel free.”

“Life’s better when you add fresh air, a warm campfire, brights stars, and s’mores.”

“Let’s not mince words: Everest doesn’t attract a whole lot of well-balanced folks. The self-selection process tends to weed out the cautious and the sensible in favor of those who are single-minded and incredibly driven. Which is a big reason the mountain is so dangerous.” – Jon Krakauer

“Keep close to Nature’s heart, yourself; and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir

“It doesn’t matter where you are going, it’s who you have beside you.”

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

“In the mountains, there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can’t.” – Rusty Baillie

“In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.” – Charles Schulz

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

“If you’ve ever walked a mile into a virgin forest – you know, like a deep forest where trees have been uncut – the energy is totally different from the shopping mall.” – James Redfield

“I have a restless spirit. The need to roam and explore this earth is in my soul.”

“I hate hiking with convicts carrying machetes.” – Susan Orlean

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” – John Burroughs

“I go on hikes expecting to see the great outdoors but spend most of the time lost in my own head.” – We Dream of Travel

“I found far more answers in the woods than I ever did in the city.” – Mary Davis

“I don’t want a busy life where I constantly put off the best most important things for later and ‘someday when I retire’ I want to live a full life now.” – Robin Shliakhau

“I don’t like following in people’s footsteps; I like making my own trail.” – The Miz

“I considered my options. There were only two and they were essentially the same. I could go back in the direction I had come from, or I could go forward in the direction I intended to go.” – Cheryl Strayed

“I can’t understand why men make all this fuss about Everest — it’s only a mountain.” – Junko Tabei

“I am happy out here. Messy hair, muddy boots, and wild water on my skin. Out here, this is where I belong!” – Brooke Hampton

“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

“How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top.” – Yvon Chouinard

“How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!” – John Muir

“Distance changes utterly when you take the world on foot. A mile becomes a long way, two miles literally considerable, ten miles whopping, fifty miles at the very limits of conception. The world, you realize, is enormous in a way that only you and a small community of fellow hikers know. Planetary scale is your little secret.” – Bill Bryson

“Deep in the forest I stroll to hear the wisdom of my soul.” – Angie Weiland Crosby

“Deep down, at the molecular heart of life, the trees and we are essentially identical.” – –Carl Sagan

“Days of slow walking are very long: they make you live longer because you have allowed every hour, every minute, every second to breathe, to deepen, instead of filling them up by straining the joints.”

“Complete freedom is not what a trail offers. Quite the opposite; a trail is a tactful reduction of options.” – Robert Moor

“Come to the woods; for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods.” – John Muir

“Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” – Jeffrey Rasley

“Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care.” – Earl Shaffer

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Always hike with someone in worse shape than you. The bears out there will know.”

“Although I deeply love oceans, deserts, and other wild landscapes, it is only mountains that beckon me with that sort of painful magnetic pull to walk deeper and deeper into their beauty.” – Victoria Erickson

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” – John Muir

“Ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough, to keep me from getting to you babe.” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the hum an spirit. Edward Abbey

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“Under gold clouds, he pushed the limits of my body, setting a faster pace—some days surpassing forty rugged miles, unstopping through morning’s thick peach haze; noon’s warmth; red evening sun.”

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

“Trekking means a traveling experience with a thrilling excitement.”

“Trekkers at high altitudes sometimes sense a person walking a few paces behind them, just out of sight. Often this person is dead. I never feel this, but once or twice I imagine someone walking a little ahead of me.” – Colin Thubron

“Traveling the road will tell you more about the road than Google will tell you about the road.”

“Traveling shouldn’t be just a tour, it should be a tale.”

“Traveling— it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

“Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.” – Antonio Machado

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

“Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead. Yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view.”

“Somewhere on your journey, don’t forget to turn around and enjoy the view.”

“Somewhere between the start of the trail and the end is the mystery why we choose to walk.”

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

“The more you know, the less you need.” – Yvon Chouinard

“The moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The man who goes afoot, prepared to camp anywhere and in any weather, is the most independent fellow on earth.” – Horace Kephart

“The long-distance hiker, a breed set apart, from the likes of the usual pack. He’ll shoulder his gear, be hittin’ the trail; long gone, long ‘fore he’ll be back.” – M.J. Eberhart

“The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows.” – Sam Cummings

“The hardest mountain to climb is the one within.” – J. Lynn

“The foot that is restless will tread on a turd.”

“The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain; he is inspired by it.” – William Arthur Ward

“The earth has music for those who listen.” – William Shakespeare

“The danger of adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort.” – Paulo Coelho

“The closer you are to nature, the further you are from idiots.”

“The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir

“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask.” – Rich Ridgeway

“The best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” – Lewis Carroll

“Take your potential someone into the forest. If they smile through the sweat and whistle with the wind, your adventures will never end.”

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.”

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” – Edmund Hillary

“Over the mountains and through the woods, down the river and up the valley, over the boulders and through the stream to nobody’s house I go.”

“Our minds, as well as our bodies, have need of the out-of-doors. Our spirits, too, need simple things, elemental things, the sun and the wind and the rain, moonlight, and starlight, sunrise and mist and mossy forest trails, the perfumes of dawn and the smell of fresh-turned earth and the ancient music of wind among the trees.” – Edwin Way Teale

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S. Eliot

“Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.” – Richard M. Nixon

“Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.” – Hermann Buhl

“Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.” – John Ruskin

“Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.” – Anatoli Boukreev

“Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous.” – Reinhold Messner

“Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge to get to the top of any inviting summit or peak.” – Paul D. Boyer

“Moments of solitude with Mother Nature is sunshine to a soul.” – Anthony Douglas Williams

“Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Mountains teach that not everything in this world can be rationally explained.” – Aleksander Lwow

“Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end but a unique event in itself.” – Robert M. Pirsig

“Mountains make me believe that nothing can be bigger than nature, not even human ego.” – Jay Kumar Singh

“If you’re on the right path it will always be uphill” – Henry B. Eyring

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill

“If you think you’ve peaked, find a new mountain.”

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.” – Paulo Coelho

“If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it!” – Michael Jordan

“If you face the rest of your life with the spirit you show on the trail, it will have no choice but to yield the same kind of memories and dreams.” – Adrienne Hall

“If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.” – Heraclitus

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.” – Frank A. Clark

“If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” – Raymond Inmon

“If you are on the right path, it will always be uphill.” – Henry B. Eyring

“If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet.” – Rachel Wolchin

“If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker.”

“If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority.” – Richard Branson

“Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying.”

“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.” – Steven Wright

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you are climbing it.” – Andy Rooney

“Everyone needs someone who will call and say, ‘Get dressed. We’re going on an adventure.’”

“Every now and then it’s good to stop climbing and appreciate the view from right where you are.” – Lori Deschene

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” – Barry Finlay

“Every mountain has its soul… if the mountain does not accept you, and you don’t submit to her will, she will destroy you.” – Bernadette McDonald

“Embrace the detours.” – Kevin Charbonneau

“Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.” – Sir Martin Conway

“Don’t confuse the hike with the destination. The hike is about the sounds, the smells, the sights. It’s a complete sensory experience… But yes, that waterfall is also pretty freaking awesome.” – We Dream of Travel

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.” – G.M. Trevelyan

“Adventure isn’t hanging off a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life” – John Amatt

“Adventure isn’t hanging off a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life.” – John Amatt

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.” – Lewis Carroll

“A walk in nature walks the soul back home.” – Mary Davis

“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” – Paul Dudley White

“A trail through the mountains, if used, becomes a path in a short time, but, if unused, becomes blocked by grass in an equally short time.” – Mencius

“A tourist follows a trail; a mountaineer finds one.” – Reinhold Messner

“A significant fraction of thru-hikers reach Katahdin, then turn around and start back to Georgia. They just can’t stop walking, which kind of makes you wonder.” – Bill Bryson

“A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.” – Rebecca Solnit

You need special shoes for hiking and a bit of a special soul as well. Terri Guillemets

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“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.” – Frank Herbert

“Within minutes my 115-mile walk through the desert hills becomes a thing apart, a disjunct reality on the far side of a bottomless abyss, immediately beyond physical recollection. But it’s all still there in my heart and soul. The walk, the hills, the sky, the solitary pain and pleasure—they will grow larger, sweeter, lovelier in the days to come, like a treasure found and then, voluntarily, surrendered. Returned to the mountains with my blessing. It leaves a golden glowing on the mind.” – Edward Abbey

“Wise people make trails and paths, clever walk on them – stupid people can’t decide.” – Deyth Banger

“Wildness is the preservation of the World.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.” – Edward Abbey

“Why should a relationship mean settling down? Wait for someone who won’t let life escape you, who’ll challenge you and drive you towards your dreams. Someone spontaneous who you can get lost in the world with.” – Beau Taplin

“Who stands beside you on the journey is more important than where the trail leads to.”

“The view up here is breathtaking, and I know it’s all downhill from here.”

“The trail was designed to have no end, a wild place on which to be comfortably lost for as long as one desired. In those early days nobody fathomed walking the thing from beginning to end in one go. Section hikes, yes. Day hikes, too. But losing yourself for five months, measuring your body against the earth, fingering the edge of mental and physical endurance, wasn’t the point. The trail was to be considered in sections, like a cow is divided into cuts of beef. Even if you sample every slice, to eat the entire beast in a single sitting was not the point. Before 1948, it wasn’t even considered possible.” – Ben Montgomery

“If everyone in the world took care of each other the way folks do out on the trail, and if everyone approached each day with as much hope and optimism as hikers do, the world would be a better place.” – Jon Tullis

“I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain.” – Andrew Garfield

“I’ve never understood treadmills when there’s so many trails to hike.” – We Dream of Travel

“I’ve never understood hiring Sherpas to claim you’ve conquered Everest. I’d rather climb a mountain half the size and be able to say I’ve done it on my own.”

“I’ve never liked loop trails, they rob you of the joy of the return journey.”

“I’ve fallen in love with adventures, so I begin to wonder, if that’s why I’ve fallen for you.”

“I’d rather be hiking in the rain than sitting inside at a desk on a sunny day.”

“I would never have started this trip if I had known how tough it was, but I couldn’t and wouldn’t quit.” – Ben Montgomery

“Climbing at altitude is like hitting your head against a brick wall — it’s great when you stop.”

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” – John Muir

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” – David McCullough Jr.

“Climb mountains, not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.” – David McCullough Jr

“Camping is not a date; it’s an endurance test. If you can survive camping with someone, you should marry them on the way home.” – Yvonne Prinz

“Bring me coffee, take me hiking, and tell me I’m sexy.”

“Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.” – Lovelle Drachman

“Between every two pines there is a doorway to a new world.” – John Muir

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – Jack Kerouac

“Backpacking: An extended form of hiking in which people carry double the amount of gear they need for half the distance they planned to go in twice the time it should take.”

“Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.” – Bob Bitchin

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

“A crude meal, no doubt, but the best of all sauces is hunger.” – Edward Abbey

“Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best.”

“If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”


Family Hiking Quotes

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“Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and numbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me – I am happy.” – Hamlin Garland

“When you’re safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you’re having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.”

“When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” – Wilma Rudolph

“When preparing to climb a mountain — pack a light heart.” – Dan May

“When life gives you mountains, put on your boots and hike.”

“When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.”

“What we find in a soulmate is not something wild to tame, but something wild to run with.” – Robert Brault

“To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live.” – Tenzing Norgay

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.” – John Muir

“Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves and half in love with oblivion.”

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” – Rachel Carson

“Think while walking, walk while thinking, and let writing be but the light pause, as the body on a walk rests in contemplation of wide open spaces.”

“Think of every date as one step up — they’re leading you to a beautiful peak.”

“There really is no correct way to hike the trail, and anyone who insists that there is ought not to worry so much about other people’s experiences. Hikers need to hike the trail that’s right for them,” – Adrienne Hall

“There may be more to learn from climbing the same mountain a hundred times than by climbing a hundred different mountains.” – Richard R. Nelson

“There is no WiFi in the mountains, but you will find a better connection.”

“There is no WiFi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection.”

“Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.” – Cindy Ross

“Remember to turn everything off once a week including your brain and walk somewhere quiet”

“Remember to look up to the stars, not down to your feet.” – Stephen Hawking

“Remember that time spent on a rock climb is not subtracted from your lifespan.” – Will Niccolls

“Real adventure is defined best as a journey from which you may not come back alive, and certainly not as the same person.”

“Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice… some girls are made of adventure and wine and all things fine.”

“Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons. Science is used to raise money for the expeditions, but you really climb for the hell of it.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

“No mountain remains a mystery when you take steps to conquer it.”

“No matter how sophisticated you may be, a large granite mountain cannot be denied – it speaks in silence to the very core of your being.” – Ansel Adams

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” – Dag Hammarskjold

“Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost, and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.” – Ellen Degeneres

“My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from.” – Rob Hill Sr

“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.” – Aldous Huxley

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Hiking With Friends Quotes

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“Sometimes, all you need is a great friend and thirst for adventure.”

“We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“There is a whole world out there. Pack your backpack, your best friend, and go.”

“Think outside. No box required.”

“A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

“A good friend listens to your adventures. A best friend makes them with you.”

“Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.” – Carrie Latet

“Walking in solitude fixes nothing, but it leads you to the place where you can identify the malady—see the wound’s true form and nature—and then discern the proper medicine.” – Aspen Matis

“Walk on a rainbow trail; walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty. There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail.” – Robert Motherwell

“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings.”

“Trails enabled me to better see the world, to notice fine aspects invisible from an airplane, the most basic things we miss. Seeing life at a pace at which you can actually observe nuance, the speed of stepping, the beautiful inspiring texture of“plain” reality becomes visible—God smiling in the detail.” – Aspen Matis

“Trails are routes to remembrance just as they are routes to knowledge.” – T.P. Lye

“Trails are like that: you’re floating along in a Shakespearean Arden paradise and expect to see nymphs and flute boys, then suddenly you’re struggling in a hot broiling sun of hell in dust and nettles and poison oak…just like life.” – Jack Kerouac

“Today, she is standing at the top of a mountain and appreciating the majestic panoramic view of mesmerizing Himalaya. As a kid, she used to look up in the sky and wish for wings to fly up to the mountains. And now after a long wait of many years, she is standing here and living her dream.” – Ashish Bhardwaj

“The perfect pair of hiking boots brings you safely through thrumming rivers and broken rocks; the perfect partner is walking right beside you.”

“The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.”

“The only way is forward.”

“The old school of thought would have you believe that you’d be a fool to take on nature without arming yourself with every conceivable measure of safety and comfort under the sun. But that isn’t what being in nature is all about. Rather, it’s about feeling free, unbounded, shedding the distractions and barriers of our civilization—not bringing them with us.” – Ryel Kestenbaum

“The mountains whisper for me to wander; my soul hikes to the call.” – Angie Weiland Crosby

“The mountains were there and so was I.” – Maurice Herzog

“The mountains are the last place where man can feel truly wild.” – We Dream of Travel

“Some women want diamonds… others just want a hammock, a campfire and some peace & quiet.”

“Some mountains only require a good pair of shoes. Others require an entire team to conquer. Knowing which is which, is the key to success.”

“Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.”

“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast — you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” – Eddie Cantor

“She introduced people to the A.T., and at the same time she made the thru-hike achievable. It didn’t take fancy equipment, guidebooks, training, or youthfulness. It took putting one foot in front of the other—five million times.”

“One thing to remember on the Eiger, never look up, or you may need a plastic surgeon.”

“One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books.” – John Muir

“On a hike, the days pass with the wind, the sun, the stars; movement is powered by a belly full of food and water, not a noxious tankful of fossil fuels. On a hike, you’re less a job title and more a human being. A periodic hike not only stretches the limbs, but also reminds us: Wow, there’s a big old world out there.” – Ken Ilgunas

“Oh, how can I put into words the joys of a walk over country such as this; the scenes that delight the eyes, the blessed peace of mind, the sheer exuberance which fills your soul as you tread the firm turf? This is something to be lived, not read about.” – Alfred Wainwright

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

“Now I see the secret of making the best person, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.” – Walt Whitman

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

“It’s not how many miles you walk, it’s how many smiles you share.”

“It’s not a competition to reach the top, it’s a promise you make with yourself.”

“It’s impossible to walk in the woods and be in a bad mood at the same time.”

“It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” – Robert W. Service

“It is the mountain that has been calling me, and it’s time to answer.” – Susan Jagannath

“It had nothing to do with gear or footwear or the backpacking fads or philosophies of any particular era or even with getting from point A to point B. It had to do with how it felt to be in the wild. With what it was like to walk for miles with no reason other than to witness the accumulation of trees and meadows, mountains and deserts, streams and rocks, rivers and grasses, sunrises, and sunsets. The experience was powerful and fundamental. It seemed to me that it had always felt like this to be a human in the wild, and as long as the wild existed it would always feel this way.” – Cheryl Strayed

“I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail.” – Muriel Strode

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau

“I was no longer following a trail. I was learning to follow myself.” – Aspen Matis

“I was amazed that what I needed to survive could be carried on my back. And, most surprising of all, that I could carry it.” – Cheryl Strayed

“I walked slowly to enjoy this freedom, and when I came out of the mountains, I saw the sky over the prairie, and I thought that if heaven was real, I hoped it was a place I never had to go, for this earth was greater than any paradise.” – Daniel J. Rice

“I understood at a very early age that in nature, I felt everything I should feel in church but never did. Walking in the woods, I felt in touch with the universe and with the spirit of the universe.” – Alice Walker

“I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Jack Frost

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than trees.” – Henry David Thoreau

“I slow down when hiking. The rhythm of nature is more leisurely. The sun comes up, it moves across the sky, and you begin to synchronize to that rhythm.” – John Mackey

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro

“I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets.” – Hamlin Garland

“I refuse to let this suffering be for nothing. In fact, I refuse to suffer.” I whispered to myself as I pushed each tent stake into the ground.“I can adapt. I am adapting.” Another long day was done and I was forty-two miles closer to Canada.” – Heather“Anish” Anderson

“I might look like I am listening to you, but in my mind, I am hiking.”

“I love walking in the woods, along the trails, by the beaches. I love being part of nature. I love walking alone. It is therapy. One needs to be alone, to recharge one’s batteries.” – Grace Kelly

“I love to sit on a mountain top and gaze. I don’t think of anything but the people I care about and the view.” – Julian Lennon

“I love the fact that we are surrounded by this spectacular natural beauty that routinely strikes us dead. Hikers walk off into the woods and are never seen again. And still we tug on our fleece and skip off into the wilderness, not a care in the world.” – Chelsea Cain

“I love that moment in a hike when you snap to and suddenly realise for the last 10 minutes you’ve not been observing nature but have instead become a part of it.” – We Dream of Travel

“I love places that make you realize how tiny you and your problems are.”

“I love going out of my way, beyond what I know, and finding my way back a few extra miles, by another trail, with a compass that argues with the map.” – Rebecca Solnit

“I love being in the woods, when I can just walk barefoot in the grass and just sit down and breathe. I love that so much.” – Jessie Reyez

“I like being near the top of a mountain. One can’t get lost here.” – Wislawa Szymborska

“Here’s to all the places we went. And here’s to all the places we’ll go. And here’s to me, whispering again and again and again and again: I love you.” – John Green

“Happiness walks on busy feet.”

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street.” – William Blake

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet.” – William Blake

“Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” – Izaak Walton

“Going for a leisurely walk in the forest feels like getting a big ol’ hug from Mother Nature.” – Jamie Erwine

“Go out, go out I beg of you And taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth with all the wonder of a child.” – Edna Jaques

“Give me a wildness whose glance no civilization can endure.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” – Ed Viesturs

“For hiking is one of those things that you can only do when you have the determination in you.” – Carl Sagan

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