101 Hiking Quotes That Will Inspire You to Get Outside

  • Last Updated On: April 22, 2019
  • / Hiking Tips
  • / By Andrew

It never hurts to have some inspiration or motivation to help you get outside and say HelloTrail! I scoured the internet and found 101 amazing hiking quotes to help you do just that.

So after you read through these you better leave me a comment that you are running out immediately to hit the trails and go hike!

John Muir Quotes

In case you are new to hiking, the national parks or the outdoors in general, the name John Muir might not mean much to you.

I won't take up too much time writing his biography because you have A LOT of quotes to read through but here are some key facts to know about John Muir as presented by the Sierra Club...

John Muir forest hiking quote - HelloTrail
  • One of California's most important historical personalities.
  • Has been called "The Father of our National Parks".
  • His writings helped teach people the importance of experiencing and protecting our natural heritage.
  • Shoe Prints
    Was the first President of the Sierra Club

1. "And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul."

2. "I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."

3. "I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than trees."

4. "If you think you’ve peaked, find a new mountain."

5. "In every walk with nature, one received far more than he seeks."

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

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

8. "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."

9. "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."

10. "The mountains are calling and I must go."

11. "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."

Albert Einstein hiking quote - HelloTrail

Other Popular Hiking Quotes

These "other" people consist of famous names such as Sir Edmund Hillary and even Dr. Seuss along with renowned mountaineerers like Greg Child and Anatoli Boukreev.

12. "If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker." - A Bitter Hiker

13. "Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better." - Albert Einstein

14. "My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing." - Aldous Huxley

15. "Mountains teach that not everything in this world can be rationally explained." - Aleksander Lwow

16. "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

17. "Trekking means a travelling experience with a thrilling excitement." - Amit Kalantri

18. "You need mountains, long staircases don't make good hikers." - Amit Kalantri

19. "Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion."
       - Anatoli Boukreev

20. "Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion."
       - Anatoli Boukreev

21. "I’ve realized that at the top of the mountain, there’s another mountain."
       - Andrew Garfield

22. "A walk in nature walks the soul back home."
       - Andy Rooney

23. "When everything feels like an uphill struggle, Just think of the view from the top." - Anonymous

24. "Anywhere is 'within walking distance'."
       - Anonymous Hiker

25. "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

26. "In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous." - Aristotle

27. "Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing." - Barry Finlay

28. "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
       - Beverly Sills

29. "Life sucks a lot less when you add mountain air, a campfire and some peace and quiet."
       - Brooke Hampton

30. "For hiking is one of those things that you can only do when you have the determination in you."
       - Carl Sagan

31. "Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise."
       - Carrie Latet

32. "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

33. "Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was." - Dag Hammarskjold

34. "When preparing to climb a mountain – pack a light heart." - Dan May

35. "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

36. "Set loose, a child would run down the paths, scramble up the rocks, lie on the earth. Grown-ups more often let their minds do the running, scrambling, and lying, but the emotion is shared. It feels good to be here." - David Miller

37. "Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot." - Diane Spicer

38. "Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you are climbing it." - Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss mountain hiking quote - HelloTrail

39. "Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way." - Dr. Seuss

40. "Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care."
       - Earl Shaffer

41. "Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory." - Ed Viesturs

42. "May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds."
       - Edward Abbey

43. "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

44. "We don’t stop hiking because we grow old – We grow old because we stop hiking." - Finis Mitchel

45. "If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere." - Frank A. Clark

46. "Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken."
       - Frank Herbert

47. "Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."
       - Frank Lloyd Wright

48. "I have two doctors, my left leg and my right."
       - G.M. Trevelyan

49. "You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way."
       - Gary Snyder

50. "After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value."
       - George Macauley Trevelyan

51. "Deep down, at the molecular heart of life, the trees and we are essentially identical." - Greg Child

52. "Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb."
       - Greg Child

53. "Between every two pines there is a doorway to a new world."
       - Henry David Thoreau

54. "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

55. "Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow."
       - Henry David Thoreau

56. "Walking is a man's best medicine." - Hippocrates

57. "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

58. "Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can't fall when you get into the rhythm of the dance."
       - Jack Kerouac

59. "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

Jonathan Waterman climbing hiking quote - HelloTrail

60. "Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery."
      - John Ruskin

61. "Many climbers become writers because of the misconceptions about climbing."
      - Jonathan Waterman

62. "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

63. "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

64. "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu

65. "To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles." - Lao Tzu

66. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu

67. "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 Tejada-Flores

68. "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

69. "Climbing is as close as we can come to flying."
       - Margaret Young

70. "I found far more answers in the woods than I ever did in the city."
       - Mary Davis

71. "Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence."
       - Nemann Buhl

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

73. "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
       - Ralph Waldo Emerson

74. "If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk."
       - Raymond Inmon

75. "I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."
       - Robert Frost

Robert Sweetgall hiking quote - HelloTrail

76. "We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down." - Robert Sweetgall

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

78. "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

79. "The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows."
       - Sam Cummings

80. "It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
       - Sir Edmund Hillary

81. "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

82. "The best view comes after the hardest climb."
       - Sir Edmund Hillary

83. "Each fresh peak ascended teaches something."
       - Sir Martin Convay

84. "There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing."
       - Sir Rannulph Fiennes

85. "For me, a holiday is about taking a book and going to a mountain and reading." - Sonam Kapoor

86. "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go." - T.S. Eliot

87. "To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live."
       - Tenzing Norgay

88. "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
       - Terri Guillemets

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

90. "Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." - Unknown

91. "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

92. "Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life."
       - Werner Herzog

93. "The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain, he is inspired by it."
       - William Artur Ward

94. "Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street."
       - William Blake

95. "I like being near the top of a mountain. One can’t get lost here."
       - Wislawa Szymborska

96. "Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you."

97. "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."

98. "It feels good to be lost in the right direction."

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

100. "Remember to turn everything off once a week including your brain and walk somewhere quiet."

101. "You Can’t Climb Up A Mountain, With Downhill Thoughts."

Over to you...

I hope you enjoyed reading through our favorite hiking and outdoor adventure quotes. Are there any I missed? Which ones are your favorite?

Let me know in the comments and after you do make sure to get outside and GO HIKE!!

About the Author Andrew

Andrew's love for the outdoors began at an early age growing up in the midwest farmland and taking family vacations out west. Being a dreamer with his head in the clouds most moments make the mountains the perfect location for him. He hasn't met a false summit he doesn't like yet! Click here to learn more about Andrew's outdoorsy background...

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