50 Inspirational Hiking Quotes

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

John Muir

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

People do not decide to become extraordinary.
They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.

Edmund Hillary

Mountains are not fair or unfair, they are just dangerous.

Reinhold Messner

Because it's there.

George Mallory

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

William Artur Ward

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

John Muir

The best view comes after the hardest climb.

Walking is a man’s best medicine.

Hippocrates

Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul.

Jaime Lyn Beatty

Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

Aristotle

The mountains are calling and I must go.

John Muir

Hike your own hike.

Thru-Hiker

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

John Muir

Not all who wander are lost.

J.R.R. Tolkien

I have discovered that even the mediocre can have adventures and even the fearful can achieve.

Edmund Hillary

Without the possibility of death, adventure is not possible.

Reinhold Messner

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

Barry Finlay

A walk in nature walks the soul back home.

Mary Davis

Between every two pines, there is a doorway to a new world.

John Muir

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than trees.

Henry David Thoreau

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

You don't have to be a hero to accomplish great things---to compete. You can just be an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.

Edmund Hillary

I want to solve a climbing problem in the mountains, not in the sporting goods store.

Reinhold Messner

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

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

Lao Tzu

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

Greg Child

To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live.

Tenzing Norgay

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

Frank A. Clark

The more you know, the less you need.

Yvon Chouinard

We don’t stop hiking because we grow old. We grow old because we stop hiking.

Finis Mitchell

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

Raymond Inmon

A walk in nature, walks the soul back home.

Mary Davis

Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.

Hermann Buhl

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

G.M. Trevelyan

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

The mountains are calling and I must go.

John Muir

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

William Blake

The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have.

Reinhold Messner

He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

A crude meal, no doubt, but the best of all sauces is hunger.

Edward Abbey

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

John Muir

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

Beverly Sills

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

T.S. Eliot

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson