55 Fun Quotes About Hiking That Will Make You Want to Climb a Mountain

55 Fun Quotes About Hiking That Will Make You Want to Climb a Mountain

Need some motivation for your next hike? These 55 hiking and mountain climbing quotes are sure to inspire you! We cover everything from hilariously funny quotes to ultra-deep sayings about nature. We even included some hiking quotes for Instagram at the end of this blog!

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Hiking Quotes

Let us start off this hiking quotes article with some of our absolute favorites! 

1. “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

2. “Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.” — Sir Martin Conway

3. “When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” — Wilma Rudolph

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

5. “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 Quotes

6. “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” — Beverly Sills

7. “You need mountains. Long staircases don’t make good hikers.” — Amit Kalantri

8. “Over every mountain, there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.” — Theodore Roethke

9. “We don’t stop hiking because we grow old — we grow old because we stop hiking” — Finis Mitchell

10. “Trekking means a traveling experience with a thrilling excitement.” — Amit Kalantri

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Quotes About Hiking 

These amazing quotes about hiking had us ready to climb a mountain! 

11. “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” — Robert Frost

12. “The experienced mountain climber is not intimidated by a mountain – he is inspired by it.” — William Arthur Ward

13. “Leave the road, take the trails.” — Pythagoras

14. “Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory.” — Ed Viesturs

15. “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

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

17. “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

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

19. “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

20. “A tourist follows a trail; a mountaineer finds one.” — Reinhold Messner

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Mountain Quotes

Some of the best hiking quotes have to do with the actual mountains. There is so much to see out in nature!

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

22. “It is the mountain that has been calling me, and it’s time to answer.” — Susan Jagannath

23. “The mountains were there and so was I.” — Maurice Herzog

24. “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

Hiking and Mountain Quotes

25. “Mountains know secrets we need to learn. That it might take time, it might be hard, but if you just hold on long enough, you will find the strength to rise up.” — Tyler Knott

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

27. “Mountains teach that not everything in this world can be rationally explained.” — Aleksander Lwow

28. “Going to the mountains is like going home” — John Muir

29. “The mountains whisper for me to wander; my soul hikes to the call.” — Angie Weiland Crosby

Mountain Quotes

Mountain Climbing Quotes

This is one of our favorite outdoor activities so it’s only natural that we love these mountain climbing quotes! 

30. “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” — Erol Ozan

31. “The higher you climb on the mountain, the harder the wind blows.” — Sam Cummings

32. “Mountains have a way of dealing with overconfidence.” — Hermann Buhl

33. “Climb mountains, not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world” — David McCullough Jr

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

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35. “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

36. “Highest of heights, I climb this mountain and feel one with the rock and grit and solitude echoing back at me.” — Bradley Chicho

37. “The mountains are calling and I must go.” — John Muir

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

39. “Every mountain has its soul… if the mountain does not accept you and you don’t submit to her will, she will destroy you.” — Bernadette McDonald

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Funny Hiking Quotes

It’s important to be able to laugh at yourself, especially when you’re doing such a strenuous activity! Check out these funny quotes about hiking. 

40. “Hiking is the only slightly less ugly stepsister of running.” — Lindy Hughes

41. “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

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

43. “Happiness and hiking go hand in hand or foot in boot.” — Diane Spicer

44. “Hiking—much like drinking—is something that sounds more fun to the uninitiated than it actually is.” — Mindy McGinnis

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

46. “Hiking is just walking where it’s okay to pee.” — Demetri Martin

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Hiking Quotes for Instagram

For all our IG users we’ve included some cool hiking quotes for Instagram.

47. “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” — Aristotle

48. “Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.” — David McCullough Jr.

49. “The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot.” — Werner Herzog

50. “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” — Vincent Van Gogh

51. “Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.” — Barry Finlay

52. “Travelers, there is no path, paths are made by walking.” — Antonio Machado

53. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” — Confucius

54. “Look deep into nature and you will understand everything better.” — Albert Einstein

55. “A walk in nature walks the soul back home.” — Mary Davis

Motivational hiking Quotes

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Have any questions on these quotes about hiking or want to share your own favorite mountain quotes? Leave us a comment! 

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