70 Amazing Hiking Quotes and Captions for Outdoor Lovers

If you’re looking for some quotes about hiking you’ve come to the right place. There’s nothing quite like waking up early, coffee in tow, and setting out for an epic hike adventure. Whether you’re hiking with friends, climbing a mountain, chasing waterfalls, or just looking for future hike inspiration we’ve got narrowed down a few of the best hiking quotes to motivate you to get out on the trail!

Our Favorite Quotes About Hiking

Inspirational Hiking Quotes

(Hiking Quotes 1-12)

“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.”

— Wilfrid Noyce

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


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

-John Muir

“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more that what we could learn from books.”

— John Lubbock 

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

– 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

“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.”

-Mary Davis

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

-G.M. Trevelyan

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

– Henry David Thoreau

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.”

– John Muir

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”

-Beverly Sills

“I now walk into the wild.”

— Jon Krakauer

Funny Hiking Quotes and Captions for Instagram

(Hiking Quotes 13-27)

“Life sucks a lot less when you add mountain air, a campfire and some peace and quiet.”

-Brooke Hampton

“Not all girls are made of sugar and spice, and everything nice. Some girls are made of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear.


“Anywhere is ‘within walking distance’.”

– Anonymous Hiker

“DEET is nature’s cologne.”

Anonymous Hiker

“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

“Life doesn’t flow backwards.” 


“Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.”

– Hermann Buhl (one of my favorite hiking captions of all time)

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

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

– Anonymous

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

-John Burroughs

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

-Henry David Thoreau

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

-John Muir

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”

-Gary Snyder

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

-Dr. Seuss

“I am like a waterfall, wild and free.” 



The Best Trail Quotes About Hiking

(Hiking Quotes 28-40)

“A waterfall cannot be silent, just as the wisdom. When they speak, the voice of power speaks.”

-Mehmet Murat ildan

“The cold and crystal clear water, it falls gently on the sleeper, cleansing the mind and soothing the soul…”

– El Fuego 

“There is a hidden message in every waterfall.”

-Mehmet Murat ildan

“You don’t have the power to make rainbows or waterfalls, sunsets or roses, but you do have the power to bless people by your words and smiles.”

-Sharon G Larson

“I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall.”

-Mike May

“Many a calm river begins as a turbulent waterfall, yet none hurtles and foams all the way to the sea.”

-Mikhail Lermontov

“When you’re young, there’s so much that you can’t take in. It’s pouring over you like a waterfall. When you’re older, it’s less intense, but you’re able to reach out and drink it. I love being older.”

-Sigourney Weaver

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”

— Sylvia Plath

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

-Earl Shaffer

“Nature is one of the most underutilized treasures in life. It has the power to unburden hearts and reconnect to that inner place of peace.”

— Janice Anderson

“God is discovered entirely through creation – the brilliance of a sunset, the powerful roar of a waterfall, the symphony of sounds you hear in the heart of the forest, or the vastness of space and its countless stars.”

— Benjamin Sullivan

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”

-Norman Maclean

“Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. ”

-Terence McKenna (Another fantastic hiking caption I love)

The Best Trekking Quotes

(Hiking Quotes 41-49)

“My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.”

-Mel Brooks

“Waterfalls are exciting because they have power, they have rainbows, they have songs, and they have boldness and craziness!”

-Mehmet Murat ildan

“Life is like a waterfall – always moving.”


“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”

– Jo Walton

“I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”


“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

“Go where you feel most alive.”

— Unknown

“Water is the most perfect traveler because when it travels it becomes the path itself!”

— Unknown

“I met a lot of young people who asked me what books to read or films to watch. I think that is a good way to start, but there’s no substitute for just going there.”

— Yvon Chouinard

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Hiking With Friends Quotes

(Hiking Quotes 50-53)

“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

“You don’t have the power to make rainbows or waterfalls, sunsets or roses, but you do have the power to bless people by your words and smiles you carry within you the power to make the world better.”


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

— T.S. Eliot

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The Best Mountain Hiking Quotes

(Hiking Quotes 54-70)

“The cliche is that life is a mountain. You go up, reach the top and then go down.”

— Jeanne Moreau 

“You are not in the mountains. The mountains are in you.”

— John Muir 

“May your dreams be larger than mountains and may you have the courage to scale their summits.”

— Harley King 

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

— William Blake 

“Stop staring at mountains. Climb them instead, yes, it’s a harder process but it will lead you to a better view.”

— Unknown

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”

— Andy Rooney

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

— Unknown

“Nothing lives long, Only the earth and mountains”

— Dee Brown

“You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.”

— Jim Whittaker

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

— Friedrich Nietzsche

“Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.”

—Dag Hammerskjold

“I have climbed my mountain, but I must still live my life.”

— Tenzing Norgay

“If you are faced with a mountain, you have several options. You can climb it and cross to the other side. You can go around it. You can dig under it. You can fly over it. You can blow it up. You can ignore it and pretend it’s not there. You can turn around and go back the way you came. Or you can stay on the mountain and make it your home.”

— Vera Nazarian

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

— John Muir

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”

― David McCullough Jr.

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

—Reinhold Messner

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

-Andy Rooney

There you have it – our favorite hiking quotes! Any quotes about hiking you would add?

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About Natasha Alden

Natasha is the co-founder of The World Pursuit. She is an expert in travel, budgeting, and finding unique experiences. She loves to be outside, hiking in the mountains, playing in the snow on her snowboard, and biking. She has been traveling for over 10 years, across 7 continents, experiencing unique cultures, new food, and meeting fantastic people. She strives to make travel planning and traveling easier for all. Her advice about international travel, outdoor sports, and African safari has been featured on Lonely Planet, Business Insider, and Reader’s Digest.

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