71 INSPIRATIONAL HIKING QUOTES

71 INSPIRATIONAL HIKING QUOTES TO GET YOU MOTIVATED

We have collected together over 70 hiking quotes from greats such as Scottish-American naturalist John Muir, conquerer of Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary and occasionally the odd quote from my friend Bill to help inspire and motivate you to get out from behind your screen and go explore the great big outdoors, 

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My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing. - Aldous Huxley
My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing. - Aldous Huxley
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And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. - John Muir
And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. - John Muir
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You need mountains, long staircases don't make good hikers. - Amit Kalantri
You need mountains, long staircases don't make good hikers. - Amit Kalantri
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Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot. - Diane Spicer
Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot. - Diane Spicer
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They are able who think they are able. - Virgil
They are able who think they are able. - Virgil
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Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion. - Anatoli Boukreev
Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion. - Anatoli Boukreev
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Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise. - Carrie Latet
Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise. - Carrie Latet
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It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe. - Robert Service
It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe. - Robert W. Service
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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
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
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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
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
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I like being near the top of a mountain. One can’t get lost here. - Wislawa Szymborska
I like being near the top of a mountain. One can’t get lost here. - Wislawa Szymborska
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Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better. - Albert Einstein
Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better. - Albert Einstein
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When everything feels like an uphill struggle, Just think of the view from the top. - Anonymous
When everything feels like an uphill struggle, Just think of the view from the top. - Anonymous
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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
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
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In all things of nature there is something of the marvellous - Aristotle
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous - Aristotle
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You won, this time. But you are as big as you are ever going to get. And I’m still growing. - Sir Edmund Hillary
You won, this time. But you are as big as you are ever going to get. And I’m still growing. - Sir Edmund Hillary
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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
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
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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
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
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If you’re going through hell, keep going. - Winston Churchill
If you’re going through hell, keep going. - Winston Churchill
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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
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
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The mountains are calling and I must go. - John Muir
The mountains are calling and I must go. - John Muir
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. - John Muir
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. - John Muir
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Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain. - Richard Nixon
Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain. - Richard Nixon
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Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb. - Greg Child
Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb. - Greg Child
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Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Of all the upness accessible to mortals, there is no upness comparable to the mountains. - John Muir
Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Of all the upness accessible to mortals, there is no upness comparable to the mountains. - John Muir
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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
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
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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
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
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I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. - GM Trevelyan
I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. - G.M. Trevelyan
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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
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
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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
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
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Walking is a man's best medicine. - Hippocrates
Walking is a man's best medicine. - Hippocrates
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DEET is nature's cologne. - Every Hiker
DEET is nature's cologne. - Every Hiker, ever
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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
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
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In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. - John Muir
In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. - John Muir
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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Lao Tzu
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. - Lao Tzu
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Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care. - Earl Shaffer
Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care. - Earl Shaffer
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Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. - John Muir
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. - John Muir
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It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. - Sir Edmund Hillary
It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. - Sir Edmund Hillary
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Anywhere is 'within walking distance'. - Anonymous
Anywhere is 'within walking distance'. - Anonymous
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The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. -  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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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
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
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Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way. - Dr. Seuss
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way. - Dr. Seuss
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Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory. - Ed Viesturs
Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory. - Ed Viesturs
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To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live. - Daniel J. Rice
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
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To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live. - Tenzing Norgay
To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live. - Tenzing Norgay
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Sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the bear world. - Bears
Sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the bear world. - Bears
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Hike Your Own Hike. - Thru Hiker
Hike Your Own Hike. - Thru-Hiker
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We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down. - Robert Sweetgall
We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down. - Robert Sweetgall
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If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. - Frank A. Clark
If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.- Frank A. Clark
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Each fresh peak ascended teaches something. - Sir Martin Convay
Each fresh peak ascended teaches something. - Sir Martin Convay
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If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker. - A Bitter Hiker
If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker. - Unknown (Bitter) Hiker
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Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. - Frank Lloyd Wright
Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. - Frank Lloyd Wright
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Climbing is as close as we can come to flying. - Margaret Young
Climbing is as close as we can come to flying. - Margaret Young
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Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street. - William Blake
Great things are done when men and mountains meet; This is not done by jostling in the street. - William Blake
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The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows. - Sam Cummings
The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows. - Sam Cummings
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After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value. - GM Trevelyan
After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value. - G.M. Trevelyan
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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
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
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Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. - Henry David Thoreau
Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. - Henry David Thoreau
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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
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
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The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountainhe is inspired by it. - William Artur Ward
The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain he is inspired by it. - William Artur Ward
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Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence. - Hermann Buhl
Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence. - Hermann Buhl
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Fall down seven times and stand up eight. - Japanese Proverb
Fall down seven times and stand up eight. - Japanese Proverb
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If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. - Raymond Inmon
If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. - Raymond Inmon
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You need special shoes for hiking - and a bit of a special soul as well. - Terri Guillemets
You need special shoes for hiking - and a bit of a special soul as well. - Terry Guillemets
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Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge to get to the top of any inviting summit or peak. - Paul D. Boyer
Mountain hikes instilled in me a life-long urge to get to the top of any inviting summit or peak. - Paul D. Boyer
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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
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
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In an age when everyone seems to be locked to their small blue screens, I am vehemently passionate about getting more people outside to enjoy the wonder of nature. I hope my posts are informative for both the grizzled veteran and the complete novice alike.

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