71 Inspirational Hiking Quotes to Get You Motivated

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71 INSPIRATIONAL HIKING QUOTES

Don’t look any further for outdoors inspiration! We have collected together over 70 hiking quotes from Sir Edmund Hillary, John Muir and my friend Bill to help inspire and motivate you to leave your comfy chair and get into the wild.

Brian Connelly
Brian Connelly
Last Updated: January 8, 2018

Looking for Great Hiking Quotes?

You’re in the right place! In this guide, we will be covering the following:

    • John Muir, possibly the greatest American naturalist
    • Sir Edmund Hilary, of Everest fame
    • Henry David Thoreau
    • …and many, many more!!!

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.

Please share, pin, tweet or comment below to let us know your favorites, or any quotes we may have forgotten! If they inspire you to go hiking, learn how to start backpacking or convince you to read some camping advice for beginners then let us know in the comments!

Hiking-Quotes-Aldous-Huxley

My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing. – Aldous Huxley

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HIking-Quotes-John-Muir-1

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

John Muir
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Hiking-Quotes-Amit-Kalantri

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

Amit Kalantri
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Hiking-Quotes-Diane-Spicer

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

Diane Spicer
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Hiking-Quotes-Virgil

They are able who think they are able.

Virgil
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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-Carrie-Latet-2

Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.

Carrie Latet
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Hiking-Quotes-Robert-Service-1

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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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-Wislawa-Szymborska

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

Wislawa Szymborska
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Hiking-Quotes-Albert-Einstein

Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein
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Hiking-Quotes-Anonymous1

When everything feels like an uphill struggle, Just think of the view from the top.

Anonymous
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Hiking-Quotes-John-Muir-6

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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Hiking-Quotes-Aristotle

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous

Aristotle
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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-Winston-Churchill

If you’re going through hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill
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Hiking-Quotes-John-Muir-10

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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Hiking-Quotes-John-Muir-4

The mountains are calling and I must go.

John Muir
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Hiking-Quotes-Jack-Kerouac-3

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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Hiking-Quotes-Cindy-Ross-2

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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Hiking-Quotes-John-Muir-9

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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Hiking-Quotes-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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HIking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-John-Muir-5

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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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-GM-Trevelyan-3

I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.

G.M. Trevelyan
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Hiking-Quotes-Edward-Abbey-2

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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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-Hippocrates

Walking is a man’s best medicine.

Hippocrates
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Hiking-Quotes-Every-HIker

DEET is nature’s cologne.

Every Hiker, ever
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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-John-Muir-8

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

John Muir
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Hiking-Quotes-Lao-Tzu-2

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

Lao Tzu
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Hiking-Quotes-Earl-Shaffer

Carry as little as possible, but choose that little with care.

Earl Shaffer
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Hiking-Quotes-John-Muir-2

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

John Muir
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Hiking-Quotes-Edmund-Hillary-2

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

Sir Edmund Hillary
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HIking-Quotes-Anonymous-2

Anywhere is ‘within walking distance’.

Anonymous
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Hiking-Quotes-Henry-Longfellow

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-Dr-Seuss

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.

Dr. Seuss
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Hiking-Quotes-Ed-Viesturs

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

Ed Viesturs
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Hiking-Quotes-Daniel-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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Hiking-Quotes-Tenzing-Norgay

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

Tenzing Norgay
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Hiking-Quotes-Bears

Sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the bear world.

Bears
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Hiking-Quotes-Thru-Hiker

Hike Your Own Hike.

Thru-Hiker
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Hiking-Quotes-Robert-Sweetgall

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

Robert Sweetgall
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Hiking-Quotes-Frank-Clark

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

Frank A. Clark
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Hiking-Quotes-Martin-Conway

Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.

Sir Martin Convay
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Hiking-Quotes-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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HIking-Quotes-Frank-Lloyd-Wright

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

Frank Lloyd Wright
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Hiking-Quotes-Margaret-Young

Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.

Margaret Young
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Hiking-Quotes-Willima-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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Hiking-Quotes-Sam-Cummings

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

Sam Cummings
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Hiking-Quotes-George-Macauley-Trevelyan

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

G.M. Trevelyan
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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-Henry-David-Thoreau-2

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

Henry David Thoreau
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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-William-Artur-Ward1

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

William Artur Ward
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Hiking-Quotes-Hermann-Buhl

Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.

Hermann Buhl
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Hiking-Quotes-Japanese-Proverb

Fall down seven times and stand up eight.

Japanese Proverb
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Hiking-Quotes-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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Hiking-Quotes-Terri-Guillemets

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

Terry Guillemets
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HIking-Quotes-Paul-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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Hiking-Quotes-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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  2. wow….You have the best collection of hiking quotes. When I read quotes, what I do is I scan them, I don’t read word by word because either I have already read those quotes or I don’t find them that interesting but your collection is just amazing. I literally read every quote. even saved this post in my bookmark. thankyou

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