Hiking Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old hiking quotes, hiking sayings, and hiking proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

Raymond Inmon

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

John Muir

Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.     

Nemann Buhl

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

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

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

You need mountains, long staircases don't make good hikers.

Amit Kalantri

I like being near the top of a mountain. One can’t get lost here.

Wislawa Szymborska

Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.

Anatoli Boukreev

The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountainhe is inspired by it.     

William Artur Ward

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

John Muir

Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge to get to the top of any inviting summit or peak.

Paul D. Boyer

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

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

Ed Viesturs

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

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

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

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

Anatoli Boukreev

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

Beverly Sills

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

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

William Blake

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

Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.     

Margaret Young

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

Sam Cummings

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.

John Muir

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot.

Diane Spicer

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.

Henry David Thoreau

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