Hiking Quotes: Wisdom for the Trail

Hiking Quotes: Wisdom for the Trail

I love reading quotes about things I enjoy – hiking, reading, mountain biking, etc. I enjoy them so much, I even have a quote widget in the sidebar of this site.

But there are so many great words of wisdom and inspiration that I knew I had to write a post dedicated to hiking quotes.

Some of the quotes are plain text and some I put into photos that I’ve taken. Hopefully, you enjoy the photos and quotes. Please share this post with your friends and family.

Be sure to also visit my adventure quotes page!

Inspiring Hiking Quotes

Waikoloa Beach Hiking Quotes

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…
John Muir

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

Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.
Ed Viesturs, No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World’s 14 Highest Peaks

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

Raymond Inmon Walking Quote

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

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

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

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

MtHood Hiking Quote

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

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

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

Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.
Sir Martin Convay

John Muir Hiking Quote

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

The mountains were there and so was I.
Maurice Herzog

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

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

Hiking Quote - Edmund Hillary

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

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

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

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

Chief Seattle - Hiking Quotes

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

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

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

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

Thoreau Hiking Quotes

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

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

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

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

Snowy Mountain Hiking Quote

What is your favorite hiking quote?

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Thanks for reading! See you on the trail!

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  1. whereslora says

    Nice page. Thanks for sharing. I have a facebook page, Hiking Colorado’s Continental Divide Trail.

  2. whereslora says

    I’ve hiked it through Wyoming and I’ve hiked segments that overlap with the Colorado Trail.

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