Hiking Quotes | 150+ of the best hiking captions and quotes

Fresh air almost burning your nostrils. The ground crunching beneath your feet. There’s nothing like a bout of hiking to motivate you, and the great outdoors to inspire a hiking Instagram caption, greeting card or just status update. To help you along, we’ve put together a curated list of the best hiking quotes we could find…

Note: If using these hiking captions and quotes for a public platform (Instagram, Twitter, anything social media really), make sure to credit the source or author if there is one specified.

Hiking Quotes across Geierlay Bridge, Germany

Top 10 Hiking Quotes

Now we’ve got more than 150 quotes but we had to select what we thought were the best of the lot. Here are the best 10 hiking and walking quotes for your use:

  • Anywhere is ‘within walking distance’. Anonymous Hiker
  • Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves. Sir Edmund Hillary
  • It’s never too late in life to have a genuine adventure. Robert Kurson
  • Let’s wander where the WiFi is weak. Unknown
  • Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. John Muir
  • Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.S. Eliot
  • The best view comes after the hardest climb. Unknown
  • The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows. Sam Cummings
  • Walking is a man’s best medicine. Hippocrates

Hiking Quotes about mountains

Popular Hiking Quotes

Now that we’ve covered our top ten, what about other walking quotes, perfect to immortalize a tramping excursion in the trees? Here are a few very popular hiking captions and sayings:

Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Amelia Earhart

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

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

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

Climbing is as close as we can come to flying. Margaret Young

Each fresh peak ascended teaches something. Sir Martin Convay

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

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

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

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 took a walk in the woods and came out taller than trees. Henry David Thoreau

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

Quotes about hiking in woods

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

If you’re going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill

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

In every walk with nature, one received far more than he seeks. John Muir

Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein

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

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

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

Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence. Hermann Buhl

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quotes about walking

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Short Hiking Quotes

If you want to be a little succinct and brief in your quote, why not try one of these short hiking sayings on for size?

Stop following others and create your own path in life. Dani Jay

Take only memories, leave only footprints. Chief Seattle

Hike Your Own Hike. Thru-Hiker

For hiking is one of those things that you can only do when you have the determination in you. Unknown

Hiking in undiscovered places is a lot of fun. Karolina Kurkova

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

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

I slow down when hiking. The rhythm of nature is more leisurely. The sun comes up, it moves across the sky, and you begin to synchronize to that rhythm. John Mackey

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

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

Trekking means a traveling experience with a thrilling excitement. Amit Kalantri

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

Mountain hiking quotes

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

When preparing to climb a mountain – pack a light heart. Dan May

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

I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost

Inspirational Hiking Quotes About Life

Getting out and about in nature often brings about some self-reflection and thought. To capture that sentiment, we’ve compiled this list of inspirational quotes about hiking and life:

Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit. Unknown

They are able who think they are able. Virgil

It is not death most people are afraid of. It is getting to the end of life, only to realize, that you never truly lived. Prince Ea

Deep down, at the molecular heart of life, the trees and we are essentially identical. Carl Sagan

Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your life was meant to be. Steve Pavlina

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed. Mohandas Gandhi

Embrace the detours. Kevin Charbonneau

Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another. Ernest Hemingway

Fall down seven times and stand up eight. Japanese Proverb

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

I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. Eric Roth

Hiking Quotes

I needed to begin respecting my own body’s boundaries. I had to draw clear lines. Ones that were sound in my mind and therefore impermeable, and would always, no matter where I walked, protect me. Aspen Matis

If everyone in the world took care of each other the way folks do out on the trail, and if everyone approached each day with as much hope and optimism as hikers do, the world would be a better place. Jon Tullis

In the mountains, there are only two grades: You can either do it, or you can’t. Rusty Baillie

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

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Helen Keller

Many climbers become writers because of the misconceptions about climbing. Jonathan Waterman

Mountains are the cathedrals where I practice my religion. Anatoli Boukreev

People don’t take trips, trips take people. John Steinbeck

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.

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

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

The more you know, the less you need. Yvon Chouinard

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. Beverly Sills

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

Slowness means cleaving perfectly to time, so closely that the seconds fall one by one, drop by drop like the steady dripping of a tap on stone. This stretching of time deepens space. It is one of the secrets of walking: a slow approach to landscapes that gradually renders them familiar. Like the regular encounters that deepen friendship. Frédéric Gros

Hiking quote about life

Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken. Frank Herbert

You Can’t Climb Up A Mountain, With Downhill Thoughts. Zig Ziglar

You lift your head, you’re on your way, but really just to be walking, to be out of doors. That’s it, that’s all, and you’re there. Outdoors is our element: the exact sensation of living there. Frédéric Gros

You won, this time. But you are as big as you are ever going to get. And I’m still growing. Edmund Hillary

Mountain Hiking Quotes

Do you remember that exhilarating feeling after reaching the peak of a mountain? To convey that sense of achievement and remind you of how wonderful it is to break a sweat, try one of these hiking quotes about the mountains:

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

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you are climbing it. Andy Rooney

How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top. Yvon Chouinard

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

It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe. Robert W. Service

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

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

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

Funny hiking quote

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

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

The mountains were there and so was I. Maurice Herzog

There is, of course, a deep spiritual need which the pilgrimage seems to satisfy, particularly for those hardy enough to tackle the journey on foot. Edwin Mullins

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

Walking in solitude fixes nothing, but it leads you to the place where you can identify the malady—see the wound’s true form and nature—and then discern the proper medicine. Aspen Matis

Adventure Hiking Quotes

Hiking is often about new adventures; that exhilarating feeling when tackling a new trail or hill. We’ve searched high (and low) for the best hiking quotes on adventure:

Adventure is a path. Real adventure, self-determined, self-motivated, often risky, forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. Mark Jenkins

Adventure is allowing the unexpected to happen to you. Richard Aldington

You can’t find happiness at the end of your journey if you didn’t bring it with you all along. Katrina Mayer

Adventure isn’t hanging off a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life. John Amatt

Hiking attitude captions

Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure. Bob Bitchin

If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority. Richard Branson

Not all who wander are lost. JRR Tolkien

Only one who wanders finds a new path. Norwegian Proverb

Real adventure is defined best as a journey from which you may not come back alive, and certainly not as the same person. Yvon Chouinard

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

The danger of adventure is worth a thousand days of ease and comfort. Paulo Coelho

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

You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way. Dr. Seuss

The best journeys in life are those that answer questions you never thought to ask. Rich Ridgeway

A person susceptible to ‘wanderlust’ is not so much addicted to movement as committed to transformation. Pico Iyer

A vagrant is everywhere at home. Martial

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

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Hiking Quotes About Nature

Hiking is often about seeing the natural beauty of the world – exploring forests, coming across exotic flowers and marvelling at icy blue lakes and peaks. Try one of these nature quotes about hiking on for size, or try out entire list of outdoor quotes here!

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

The mountains are calling and I must go. John Muir

A walk in nature walks the soul back home. Mary Davis

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order. John Burroughs

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

If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet. Rachel Wolchin

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

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. Gary Snyder

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

The end of all exploring will be to arrive where you started and know the place for the first time. T.S. Elliot

Nature hiking quote

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Quotes About Walking

Not every hike has to be a struggle – sometimes you can just take a leisurely walk. To capture that more casual stroll, try one of these great walking quotes:

After a day’s walk everything has twice its usual value. George Macauley Trevelyan

It feels good to be lost in the right direction. Unknown

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

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. Albert Camus

The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. Eleanor Roosevelt

Think while walking, walk while thinking, and let writing be, but the light pause, as the body on a walk rests in contemplation of wide open spaces. Frédéric Gros

To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles. Mary Davis

You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. Sue Fitzmaurice

Inspirational hiking quote

Relaxing Hiking Quotes

While hiking might be a really rigorous activity, it also teaches us to slow down and take things in. To take your time to smell the fragrant breeze emanating from the trees, and drink in the beauty of the forest, while trying out one of these sayings:

Days of slow walking are very long: they make you live longer because you have allowed every hour, every minute, every second to breathe, to deepen, instead of filling them up by straining the joints. Frédéric Gros

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

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

Jobs fill your pockets, but adventures fill your soul. Jaime Lyn Beatty

Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain. Richard M. Nixon

Remember to turn everything off once a week including your brain and walk somewhere quiet.

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

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. Rachel Carlson

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

Motivational quotes about hiking

Funny Hiking Quotes

We’ve also added a little humour to the list, because sometimes you just need a laugh, especially after a long hike 😊. Check out these funny hiking quotes for Instagram, or even our full guide to funny captions:

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

DEET is nature’s cologne. Every Hiker

Hiking is just walking where it’s okay to pee. Demetri Martin

Hiking’s not for everyone. Notice the wilderness is mostly empty. Sonja Yoerg

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

Sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the bear world. Bears

If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker. A Bitter Hiker

I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. G.M. Trevelyan

There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. Sir Rannulph Fiennes

Funny hiking quotes

Bonus: Using Hiking Quotes For Instagram

Now we don’t know why you’ve landed on our article featuring the best hiking quotes but if, for any reason, its for Instagram, then you’re in luck! We’re avid grammers who love finding the right content and pushing engagement!

We thought it might be worth dropping a few tips on how to increase engagement on your hiking Instagram captions.

Hiking Captions

We’ve given you over a hundred quotes to use in your caption but that’s not where it should end! You should definitely think about how to increase engagement on your caption and we suggest 3 things:

  1. Use lots of emojis! People love emojis on Instagram so try to drop in at least 5 or 6
  2. Ask a question of your audience. This is an easy tip since people like to answer questions, so you’ll increase the comments on your post. Something as simple as: ‘Where is your favourite hiking trail?’ might work here.
  3. Keep it short. People don’t really love very lengthy captions, so try to keep it brief.

Hiking The Tianmen mountain lookout

Hiking Hashtags

Have you considered the right hashtags to use? Try our outdoor hashtags like, or go and find the right ones on a tool like All Hashtag. More than that, we have a full guide on how to use hashtags effectively, called the Instagram Hashtag Cheat Sheet, which you should try out!

Now hashtags might not be as important as they used to be but they are still critical if you want to improve the ‘reach’ on your posts. We’ve actually got a comprehensive guide for hashtags in our Instagram Hashtag Cheat Sheet.

Hiking Feature Accounts

Ever heard of a repost account? These are large Instagram accounts that feature the best photographs in their niche, and there are actually heaps of nature and landscape ones out there!

If you think your picture is good enough for a feature, then head over to our Guide to Getting Featured on Instagram and read our tips on how to make it happen.

Did you enjoy our article on the best quotes and hiking captions for Instagram? Let us know in the comments, and also check out more of our Instagram guides here!

Do you have a favourite? Ours is definitely this John Muir quote: Between every two pines there is a doorway to a new world.


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