65 Best Hiking Quotes

Whether you want to hike in the mountains like the snow powdered Rockies, go on a stroll through the jungle or explore the desert as you’re hiking in Coachella Valley, there are many places where you can enjoy hiking.

Hiking is a great way to learn appreciate the outdoors and learn more about yourself. It allows you to get out of your comfort zone, discover new places and improve your orientation skills.

To inspire your wanderlust, I put together the best hiking quotes.

One of my favorite hiking quotes is by Beverly Sills, “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” Difficult hikes often lead to amazing views, but the principle also applies in real life because those who can get through challenging

Below is the list of the best hiking quotes that you can copy and paste to you Instagram next time you need a perfect hiking caption.

Also be sure to check out some great mountain quotes for Instagram and our hiking Instagram captions as well.

Classic Hiking Quotes

1. “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

2. “Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up.” – Terence McKenna

3. “Go where you feel most alive.” – Unknown

4. “Nature is one of the most underutilized treasures in life. It has the power to unburden hearts and reconnect to that inner place of peace.” – Janice Anderson

5. “We don’t stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking.” – Finis Mitchel

6. “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

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

9. “Paths are made by walking.” – Franz Kafka

10. “Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” – Edward Abbey

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

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

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

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

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

Inspirational Hiking Quotes

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

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

18. “Leave the road, take the trails.” – Pythagorus

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

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

21. “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart

22. “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

23. “To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.” – Mary Davis

24. “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” – Edward Abbey

25. “The best view comes after the hardest climb.” – Unknown

26. “The journey is the destination.” – Dan Eldon

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

28. “Every step you take is a step away from where you used to be.” – Brian Chargualaf

29. “Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.” – Frank Borman

30. “The mountains whisper to me the peace I cannot find elsewhere.” – Unknown

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

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

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

Funny Hiking Quotes

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

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

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

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

38. “The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.” – Jacqueline Schiff

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

40. “A bad day hiking is better than a good day working.” – Unknown

41. “Hiking is the answer, who cares what the question is.” – Unknown

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

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

John Muir hiking Quotes

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

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

46. “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

47. “Going to the mountains is like going home.” – John Muir

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

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

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

51. “The world’s big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” – John Muir

Best Quotes About Mountains

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

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

54. “If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.” – Vera Nazarian

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

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

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

58. “Mountains do not rise without earthquakes.” – Katherine MacKenett

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

60. “In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through the man, in spite of real sorrows.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

61. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

62. “To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self.” – Søren Kierkegaard

63. “Over every mountain, there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.” – Theodore Roethke

64. “The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” – Robert M. Pirsig

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

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