Best Hiking Quotes

Whether you are an avid hiker or a newbie just getting ready to hit the trails, this popular activity is a lot of fun.

What’s great about hiking is that it can be done by anybody and you don’t need advanced skills to enjoy this activity contrary to what you might have heard.

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.

Hiking is also a great exercise. It helps you to build your stamina, and get some great cardio. If you hike in the mountains, you can also build your altitude tolerance, and climb tall peaks without getting altitude sickness.

Finally, hiking helps to promote conservation and protection of species. Spending time outdoors and appreciating the nature helps to understand why sustainability is so important. If we don’t take care of the outdoors, we can lose them forever.

To inspire your wanderlust, I put together the best hiking quotes. If you want some encouragement for your hiking adventures, keep reading!

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

Your guide to best hiking quotes. Also be sure to check out some great mountain quotes for Instagram as well.

Classic Hiking Quotes

“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

“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

“Go where you feel most alive.”


“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

“We don’t stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking.”

– Finis Mitchel

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

-Robert W. Service

Inspirational Hiking Quotes

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.”

-T.S. Eliot

“The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot.”

-Werner Herzog

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going”

-Beverly Sills

“Leave the road, take the trails.”


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

-Henry Ward Beecher

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

-Lao Tzu

Funny Hiking Quotes

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

-Brooke Hampton

“Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.”

-Hermann Buhl

“Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.”

-Ed Viesturs

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

-Sonja Yoerg

“The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk.”

– Jacqueline Schiff

John Muir hiking Quotes

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

-John Muir

“You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.”

-John Muir

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

-John Muir

“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

“Going to the mountains is like going home.”

-John Muir

Best Quotes About Mountains

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

-William Blake

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

-Andy Rooney

“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

“When preparing to climb a mountain, pack a light heart.”

– Dan May

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

– Barry Finlay

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

-Sam Cummings

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