130+ Great Quotes About Hiking To Get You Motivated

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All of us need to unwind and clear their minds from time to time… now more than ever! However, we might find it hard to motivate ourselves to do it. So, since words have great power over us, you might want to read over these quotes about hiking!

I have gathered all kinds of inspirational hiking quotes to get you motivated and make you move out of your comfort zone 🚶 and on to your adventure!

Inspirational Quotes About Hiking

You might be looking for some inspirational hiking captions to get you on your feet and up the mountains. Or you might want to just go over some captions about hiking and remind yourself of these beautiful moments… Either way, I have gathered the most inspiring hiking quotes!

We will start with some John Muir quotes about hiking. To be honest, he has some good hiking captions and they are for sure my all-time favorites! 🥰

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

– John Muir

Well, I won’t lie. This inspiring hiking caption has been my personal favorite for some time. The best thing about it? It is actually true. Indeed, we lose our minds and find our souls…✨

Below you can find a couple of more quotes about hiking by John Muir:


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

– John Muir


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

– John Muir


4. “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


5. “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.”

– John Muir

 See Also: Hiking in São Miguel

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

– Brooke Hampton


7. “Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.”

– Edward Abbey


8. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

– Beverly Sills


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

– T.S. Eliot

Abso*#!*lutely! I agree on 1000%! One won’t know how far they can go until they actually do it! This hiking quote is surely on my list!


10. “Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care.”

– Earl Shaffer


11. “To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.”

– Mary Davis


12. “I found far more answers in the woods than I ever did in the city.”

– Mary Davis

Yes, I completely agree with these inspiring hiking quotes by Mary Davis! The fact that you are out there surrounded by nature will surely let you be at ease with yourself and everything around you!

13. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

– Confucious

Truly, it is not about how fast you go, as long as you go! Baby steps 🍃


14. “Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

– Gary Snyder


15. “Walking is a man’s best medicine”

– Hippocrates


16. “Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.”

– Jaime Lyn Beatty


17. “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.”

– Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was an extremely smart guy and is not wrong about this either… 🤓 The truth about life and the universe lies within nature… 🏞️

18. “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


19. “The moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”

– Henry David Thoreau


20. “Not all who wander are lost”

– JRR Tolkien

This is another favourite hiking quote I always have on my mind. Wandering around does not make you lost at all. Exactly the opposite – you wander to seek new adventures!


21. “In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous.”

 – Aristotle


22. “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


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

– Finis Mitchell


24. “I go to nature to be soothed and healed and to have my sense put in order.”

John Burroughs


25. “We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down.”

– Robert Sweetgall


26. “You need special shoes for hiking – and a bit of a special soul as well”

– Terri Guillemets


27. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


28. “In the woods we return to reason and faith.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson


29. “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

– Lao Tzu


31. “The hardest mountain to climb is the one within”.

– J. Lynn


32. “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”

– Sir Edmund Hillary


33. “People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.”

– Sir Edmund Hillary

Sir Edmund Hillary is one of the few famous mountaineers that has the best hiking quotes out there! No wonder, since he has grew up in New Zealand 🏞️


34. “The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


35. “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain”

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


36. “Happiness walks on busy feet.”

– Kitte Turmell


37. “Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.”

– Sir Martin Conway


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

– Henry Ward Beecher


39. “It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon men’s hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air that emanation from old trees, that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

40. “Go out, go out I beg of you and taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth with all the wonder of a child.”

– Edna Jaques


41. “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


42. “There is, of course, a deep spiritual need which the pilgrimage seems to satisfy, particularly for those hardy enough to tackle the journey on foot.”

– Edwin Mullins


43. “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.”

– Robert Frost


44. “Remember to look up to the stars, not down to your feet.”

– Stephen Hawking

For sure, this caption for hiking by Stephen Hawking for sure deserves a special place on your wall!

45. “Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise.”

– George Washington Carver


46. “The more civilized man becomes, the more he needs and craves a great background of forest wildness, to which he may return like a contrite prodigal from the husks of an artificial life.”

– Ellen Burns Sherman


47. “Stop following others and create your own path in life.”

– Dani Jay


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

– Anatoli Boukreev


49. “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


Adventurous Quotes About Hiking

If these inspirational quotes about hiking did not lit the fire in you, these adventurous quotes for sure will! Just check them below 🌟

50. “Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.”

– Frank Herbert


51. “Fall down seven times and stand up eight.”

– Japanese Proverb


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

– Raymond Inmon


53. “Anywhere is ‘within walking distance’.”

– Steven Wright


54. “I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.”

– G.M. Trevelyan


55. “After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.”

– G.M. Trevelyan


56. “If you think you’ve peaked, find a new mountain.”

– Unknown

57. “DEET is nature’s cologne.”

– Every Hiker

58. “The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

– Unknown

59. “If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.”

– Frank A. Clark

60. “If you’re on the right path it will always be uphill.”

– Henry B. Eyring

This portion of trekking quotes for sure will make you feel motivated and inspired for your next adventures! Make sure to keep them somewhere 📝

61. “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

– Winston Churchill


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

– Unknown


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. “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.”

– Unknown


65. “The best way out is always through.”

– Robert Frost


66. “May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits”

– Harley King


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

– Unknown


68. “You can’t climb up a mountain, with downhill thoughts.”

– Zig Ziglar


69. “Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.”

– Greg Child

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

– Andy Rooney


71. “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


72. “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


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

– Dr. Seuss


74. “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

– Henry David Thoreau


75. “Between every two pines there is a doorway to a new world.”

– Henry David Thoreau


76. “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

Motivational Hiking Quotes

There are always times that you might need something to light your spark! That’s why I have gathered all of these motivational hiking quotes, so you can get yourself moving!

77. “Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.”

– Carrie Latet

78. “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

79. “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

80. “Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.”

– Hermann Buhl

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

– Unknown

82. “Our peace shall stand as firm as rocky mountains.”

– William Shakespeare

83. “If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker.”

– Unknown

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

– Amit Kalantri

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

– Ed Viesturs

86. “Mountains are earth’s undecaying monuments.”

– Nathaniel Hawthorne

87. “I have a restless spirit. The need to roam and explore this earth is in my soul.”

– Unknown

88. “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche


89. “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


90. “The most dangerous thing you can do in life is play it safe.’’

– Casey Neistat


91. “Climbing is my art; I get so much joy and gratification from it.”

– Jimmy Chin


92. “Mountains know secrets we need to learn. That it might take time, it might be hard, but if you just hold on long enough, you will find the strength to rise up.”

– Tyler Knott


93. “Only mountains can feel the frozen warmth of the sun through snow’s gentle caress on their peaks.”

– Munia Khan


94. “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


95. “Life should have more mountains and less stress.”

– Unknown

This is one of my favourite quotes for hiking. It’s pretty straightforward, but has so much power in its words… ☀️


96. “Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.”

— John Ruskin


97. “I was no longer following a trail. I was learning to follow myself.”

― Aspen Matis


98. “The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask.”

— Rich Ridgeway


These final trekking captions for sure will motivate you to go out there in nature… 🌲

Funny Hiking Quotes for Instagram

Probably you have enjoyed the section of the adventure quotes, but you sure do need to check the funny hiking captions for Instagram you can use… 😆

99. “Camping is not a date; its an endurance test. If you can survive camping with someone, you should marry them on the way home.”

– Yvonne Prinz


100. “Hiking side effects include sweating, euphoria and general awesomeness.”

– Everyone


101. “Sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the bear world.”

– Bears


102. “Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost, and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.”

– Ellen Degeneres


103. “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.”

– Ellen Degeneres

One of my favourite funny quotes about hiking by Ellen Degeneres! Truly, if you keep on walking you might reach unknown lands by the age of 97 👵

104. “What on earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die of course. Literally shit myself lifeless.”

— Bill Bryson


105. “Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice… some girls are made of adventure and wine and all things fine.”

– Unknown


106. “Hiking is the answer. Who cares what the question is.”

– Unknown


107. “I have a therapist. Her name Is nature.”

– Unknown 


108. “The closer you are to nature the further you are from idiots.”

— Unknown

109. “Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot.”

— Diane Spicer


110. “Some women want diamonds… Others just want a hammock, a campfire, and some peace & quiet.”

— Unknown


111. “It’s a hill. Get over it.”



112. “Feeling LOW? Go to the mountains.”

— Prajakta Mhadnak


113. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from hiking, it’s that the early bird gets the face full of spider webs.”

– Unknown


114. “I can’t understand why men make all this fuss about Everest – it’s only a mountain.”

– Junko Tabei


115. “Fact: Hiking is actually just walking, only on dirt or rocks or other uneven surfaces. Or walking where an animal larger than you can kill and eat you.”

– Brendon Leonard


116. “Always hike with someone in worse shape than you. The bears out there will know.”

– Unknown


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

– Sonja Yoerg


118. “I just wanna kick it in the woods with my birches”.

– Unknown


119. “Open your senses to quiet the noise in your head.”

– Unknown

This hiking quote right here should be the KING of the hiking Instagram captions!!!

120. “Hike more, worry less.”

– Unknown


121. “All good things are wild and free.”

– Unknown


122. “Life is better in hiking boots.”

– Unknown


123. “Out here, I feel alive.”

– Unknown


124. “Life should have more mountains and less stress.”

– Unknown

This is one of my favourite quotes for hiking. It’s pretty straightforward, but has so much power in its words… 😌

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

― Werner Herzog


126. “The mountains were there and so was I.”

— Maurice Herzog


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

— Dan May


128. “Trails are routes to remembrance just as they are routes to knowledge.”

― T.P. Lye

Hiking with Friends Quotes

I have selected some of the finest quotes on hiking with friends, so that you can pick the ones that enlighten your heart the most! Because hiking with friends is always better!

 See Also: Hiking in São Miguel

129. “Happiness is hiking with friends”

– Unknown

This is one of the best hike quotes that exist out there! As an avid hiker I find it to be the ultimate truth. Happiness is truly hiking with friends…

130. “Let’s travel together and get lost in beautiful places.”

– Unknown


131. “Great things are done when men and mountains meet.”

— William Blake


132. “In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.”

– Charles Schulz


133. “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


134. “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

– Unknown


135. “Let’s wander where the WiFi is weak.”

– Unknown


136. “May the forest be with you.”

– Unknown


137. “It’s not how many miles you walk, it’s how many smiles you share.”

– Unknown


138. “You keep me safe, I’ll keep you wild.”

– Unknown

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