It never hurts to have some inspiration or motivation to help you get outside and say HelloTrail! I scoured the internet and found 117 of the best 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!

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John Muir Quotes

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.”

John Muir would want you to experience the Golden State’s many beautiful national parks. To help you decide where to spend your time outdoors in California read about Sequoia vs Kings Canyon National Park and see for yourself what Muir’s quotes express in words.

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.”

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

15. “Trekking means a travelling experience with a thrilling excitement.” – Amit Kalantri

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.

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

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

18. “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

19. “A walk in nature walks the soul back home.” – Andy Rooney

20. “When everything feels like an uphill struggle, Just think of the view from the top.” – Anonymous

21. “Anywhere is ‘within walking distance’.” – Anonymous Hiker

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

23. “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

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

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

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

27. “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

28. “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

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

Finis Mitchell hiking quote about growing old

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

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

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

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

34. “After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value.”
       – George Macauley Trevelyan

35. “Deep down, at the molecular heart of life, the trees and we are essentially identical.” – Greg Child

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

37. “Between every two pines there is a doorway to a new world.”
       – Henry David Thoreau

38. “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

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

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

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41. “I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”
       – Robert Frost

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

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

44. “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

45. “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

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

47. “To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.” – Lao Tzu

48. “To be worn out is to be renewed.” – Lao Tzu

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49. “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

50. “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

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

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

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

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

55. “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

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

T.S. Eliot inspirational quote with man walking in the woods

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

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

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

60. “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Unknown

61. “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

62. “Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.”

63. “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.”

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

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

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

67. “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 from A Walk in the Woods

68. “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

69. “On the trail, all I had to do was walk. It was up to me how far I wanted to walk and where I wanted to end up. I could stop when I wanted, I could eat when I wanted, I could take naps at any point during the day. The trail allowed me to feel a strong sense of freedom.” – Jennifer Pharr Davis

70. “Cover the Earth, Before it covers you.” – Dagobert D. Runes

71. “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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

73. “I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the Earth, then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

74. “Embrace the detours.” – Kevin Charbonneau

75. “I am at home among the trees.” – JRR Tolkien

76. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – JRR Tolkien

77. “If happiness is the goal – and it should be – then adventure should be a top priority.” – Richard Branson

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

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

80. “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

Mountain Hiking Quotes

Hiking and quotes about mountains go hand in hand. The majestic beauty of these natural formations never ceases to amaze me.

There is something truly inspirational about hiking up a mountain getting to the top and looking down upon the wonderful landscape you just traversed.

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

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

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

84. “You need mountains, long staircases don’t make good hikers.” – Amit Kalantri

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

86. “Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.”
       – Anatoli Boukreev

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

88. “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

89. “Life sucks a lot less when you add mountain air, a campfire and some peace and quiet.” – Brooke Hampton

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

91. “Many climbers become writers because of the misconceptions about climbing.”
      – Jonathan Waterman

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

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

94. “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

95. “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

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

97. “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

98. “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

99. “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

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

101. “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.” – Dr. Seuss

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

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

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

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

106. “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

107. “The best view comes after the hardest climb.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary hiking quote "the best view comes after the hardest climb"

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

109. “For me, a holiday is about taking a book and going to a mountain and reading.” – Sonam Kapoor

110. “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Terri Guillemets

111. “Every man should pull a boat over a mountain once in his life.”
       – Werner Herzog

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

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

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

115. “You Can’t Climb Up A Mountain, With Downhill Thoughts.”

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

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

Wrapping It Up…

I hope you enjoyed reading through our favorite trail quotes.

Are there any I missed? Which ones are your favorite?

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

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