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In my teens and twenties, I loved hiking (I still do). Whenever I felt down, I knew I just needed to catch the night train to the mountains in the south of Poland. There I could walk for a day or two and life would be better.

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Now we are trying to pass a love of getting out into the world to the girls. Hiking, especially away from the beaten track, allows us all to connect with nature, escape from WiFi and reconnect with our families and ourselves.

We have prepared over 100 inspirational hiking quotes for you here. I hope they will inspire you as they have inspired me to leave Netflix and head for the adventure trail.

My favourite Hiking Quotes

“Hike more, worry less”Unknown

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

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

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

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

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

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“The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost

“My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from.” – Rob Hill Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

“Sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the bear world.” – Bears

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

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“If you’re on the right path it will always be uphill” – Henry B. Eyring

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

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

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

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

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

“I found far more answers in the woods than I ever did in the city.”Mary Davis

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

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

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker.”

 “Hiking is the answer. Who cares what the question is.”

“It feels good to be lost in the right direction.” 

 “I have a therapist. Her name Is nature.” 

 “Not all classrooms have four walls.”

“DEET is nature’s cologne.”

“Bring a compass. It’s awkward when you have to eat your friends.”

 “I’d rather be hiking in the rain, then sitting inside at a desk on a sunny day.

Everyone needs someone who will call and say, ‘Get dressed. We’re going on an adventure.'” 

“Some women want diamonds… others just want a hammock, a campfire and some peace & quiet.”

“Not all girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice… some girls are made of adventure and wine and all things fine.” 

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 “If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.”-Hippocrates

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk. – Jacqueline Schiff

Some people walk in the rain; others just get wet. – Roger Miller

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

Walking is the favorite sport of the good and wise. – A. L. Rowse

If I could not walk far and fast, I think I should just explode and perish. – Charles Dickens

I have the European urge to use my feet when a drive can be dispensed with. – Vladimir Nabokov

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.- Steven Wright

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

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

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Hiking Inspiration quotes by John Muir

John Muir was a Scottish born American naturalist, avid hiker and explorer. Thanks to his fight to preserve wilderness America has Yosemite National Park and  Sequoia National Park. Several hiking quotes below coming from his exploration and nature writings.

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

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

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

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

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

“Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.” – John Muir

“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

Funny hiking quotes by Dr Seuss

I don’t think that there is a need to introduce Dr Seuss, author of fun poems, full of joy and invented words. His books are perfect to inspire wanderlust in you children. Once you read them they stay for long with your family

You’re off to great places! 
Today is your day! 
Your mountain is waiting, 
So get on your way!
– Dr. Seuss
“On and on you will hike, And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems whatever they are.
You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go.”
KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
So… be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, You’re off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So… get on your way!

Mountain hiking quotes by Edmund Hilary

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

As a youngster I was a great dreamer, reading many books of adventure and walking lonely miles with my head in the clouds.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the next time because you’ve grown all you are going to grow…but I’m still growing – Sir Edmund Hillary

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Quote about hiking and nature by Great Minds

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

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

“Walking is a man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

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

“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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“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 

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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“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

“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

“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

Best hiking Quotes of Unknown origin

“Let’s wander where the WiFi is weak”

“Wonder. Wander. Repeat.” 

“I have a restless spirit. The need to roam and explore this earth is in my soul.” 

“It feels good to be lost in the right direction”

“Leave the roads, take the trails”

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“Anywhere is ‘within walking distance’.” 

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.” 

“I know I hike like a girl, try to keep up.” 

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

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“You can’t climb up a mountain, with downhill thoughts.” 

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

“It’s impossible to walk in the woods and be in a bad mood at the same time.”

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

“If the winter is too cold and the summer is too hot, you are not a hiker.”

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

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

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

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Long hiking Quotes of Unknown origin

“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.”

It’s not all about the views from the top of the mountain, there are so many beautiful things you pass on your journey to the top. Appreciate the beauty along your path! 

“Keep close to nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” 

“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.” 

“Backpacking: An extended form of hiking in which people carry double the amount of gear they need for half the distance they planned to go in twice the time it should take.”

“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”

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Hiking quotes

Long Inspirational Quotes about Hiking

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

“We humans look rather different from a tree. Without a doubt we perceive the world differently than a tree does. But down deep, at the molecular heart of life, the trees and we are essentially identical.” ― Carl Sagan, Cosmos

“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

This is something to be lived, not read about. On these breezy heights, a transformation is wondrously wrought within you. Your thoughts are simple, in tune with your surroundings; the complicated problems you brought with you from the town are smoothed away. – Alfred Wainwright

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Ania James

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