Hiking Sayings and Quotes

Hiking is a great way to get outdoors and embrace nature. Take a much needed escape from the city with the wise and insightful hiking quotes below.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You need special shoes for hiking—and a bit of a special soul as well.     

Terri Guillemets

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

Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.     

Dag Hammarskjold

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

Trekking means a travelling experience with a thrilling excitement.     

Amit Kalantri

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

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

Greg Child

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

Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.     

John Ruskin

It's not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.     

Sir Edmund Hillary

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

Remember that time spent on a rock climb isn't subtracted from your life span.     

Will Niccolls

When preparing to climb a mountain—pack a light heart.     

Dan May

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

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

Ed Viesturs

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.     

Frank Lloyd Wright

Many climbers become writers because of the misconceptions about climbing.     

Jonathan Waterman

After a day's walk everything has twice its usual value.     

George Macauley Trevelyan

The mountains are calling and I must go.     

John Muir

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

Hiking is just walking where it's okay to pee.     

Demetri Martin

Just walkin', hiking the streets of the sky.     

Bruce Springsteen

If it's going hiking then I'm going hiking. To the other places that we never had.     

Animal Collective

I have reached the conclusion while hiking the pike though I try and I try.     

Barry Manilow

Start your hiking mile and stay away.     

King Virtue

I'm looking at the top I'm just eyeing the spot and I just keep climbing I been hiking a lot.     

Kēvens

Hiking in the mountains, romantic rendezvous.     

Toni Braxton

Tasting smells and colors, hiking mounts crossing rivers. Humble biped you've come undone.     

Stereolab

Need a hiking trip to get where I live.     

Big K.R.I.T.

Be easy now, go hiking through the hills in a summer gown Raise the kids, peace within and make our sound.     

Empire of the Sun

Losing all sense of proportion is one of the inevitable consequences of hiking in the mountains for any extended period of time.     

John Kaag

Every good hike brings you eventually back home.     

John Gookin