65 Awe Inspiring Hiking Quotes

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More and more outdoor enthusiasts are taking up hiking in their spare time especially this year during COVID-19 and lockdowns. Getting outside and with nature helps you explore new environment and appreciate Mother Nature. Research from Harvard even suggests that mood disorders like anxiety and depression can be lifted by spending more time outdoors!

When you go outside and hiking in a trail or park or anywhere outside of a concrete city, the vast beauty as far as the eye can see will lift up your spirit and distract you from modern day stresses. The fresh air and new sounds of birds and other animals in their natural habitat makes the epic trails all that more enjoyable. The experience will light up your soul with tranquil energy  and bring back new joys of wonder with with every step you take.

Poets, explorers, and naturalists alike have gained inspiration while hiking in the great outdoors. Thus, creating beautiful works of art for others to adore and reflect on in the future. So take a walk today, get a distraction from modern life, and experience the joys of hiking in the great outdoors.

Hiking Quotes

Such as these 65 spirit-lifting quotes about hiking, may they inspire you to venture out into the vast unknown.

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

2. “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.” — Jaime Lyn Beatty

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

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

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

6. “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” — Sir Edmund Hillary

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

8. “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

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.” — John Muir

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

11. “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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18. “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

19. “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

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

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

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

23. “You need special shoes for hiking… and a bit of a special soul as well” — Emme Woodhull-Bache

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

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

26. “The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is quickly spent, but the hills are eternal. Always there will be the lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest; always there will be the exhilaration of the summits. These are for the seeking, and those who seek and find while there is still time will be blessed both in mind and body.” — Alfred Wainwright

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

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

29. “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

30. “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

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

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

33. “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

34. “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

35. “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

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

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

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

39. “Not all who wander are lost” — JRR Tolkien

40. “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

41. “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

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

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

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

45. “Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.” — Edward Abbey

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

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

48. “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

49. “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” — Amelia Earhart

50. “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

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

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

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

54. “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.” — Frédéric Gros

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

56.”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

57. “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

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

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

60. When we walk into a grove of trees or under an open sky the magic of nature takes over and the heaviness of life lifts a little.’ — Natassia Cassinero

61. “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

62. “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

63. “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

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

65. “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


There’s something oh, so soothing about a good hike; and these hiking quotes will bring out your inner nature lover! The next time you go on an outdoor adventure, take them along for inspiration to seek uncharted territories. May your journey have many scenic wonders that bring you pleasant memories to cherish for years into the future.