The Best Hiking Quotes and Instagram Captions to Love the Great Outdoors

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A note about attribution: wherever possible, I’ve included the name that matches the hiking quote. For many of these quotes, however, that’s not been possible. If you have verifiable information about the origin of one of these hiking quotes then please do let me know! Cheers, Abi

The Best Hiking Quotes and Hiking Captions

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

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

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

“Only one who wanders finds a new path.”

“Jobs fill your pockets, adventures fill your soul.”

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

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

“Hiking side effects include sweating, euphoria and general awesomeness.”

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

I might look like I am listening to you, but in my mind, I am hiking.”

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.”

“Let’s wander where the wifi is weak.”

“Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.”

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

“We don’t stop hiking because we grow old, we grow old because we stop hiking.”

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

“Think outside. No box required.”

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

“Leave the road, take the trails.” – Pythagoras

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

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

“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

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

“The trail leads not merely north and south, but up to the body, mind, and soul of man.” – Harold Allen 

“A path is a prior interpretation of the best way to traverse a landscape.” – Rebecca Solnit

“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

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing views. 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

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

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

“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

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The more you know, the less you need.” – Yvon Chouinard

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

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

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

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

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

“Oh, how can I put into words the joys of a walk over country such as this; the scenes that delight the eyes, the blessed peace of mind, the sheer exuberance which fills your soul as you tread the firm turf? This is something to be lived, not read about.” – Alfred Wainwright

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

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Funny Hiking Quotes

“Cover the earth before it covers you.” – Dagobert D. Runes

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

 “Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost, and you see a path.  By all means, you should follow that.” – Ellen Degeneres

“What on earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die of course. Literally shit myself lifeless.” – Bill Bryson

Motivational Hiking Quotes

“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” – Edmund Hillary

“Fall down seven times and stand up eight.” – Japanese Proverb

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

“Go out, go out I beg of you And taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth with all the wonder of a child.” – Edna Jaques

“Remember to look up to the stars, not down to your feet.” – Stephen Hawking

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

“They are able who think they are able.” – Virgil

“It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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

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

Adventure Hiking Quotes

“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

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

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

“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

“You, who know that all the bruises and scrapes from scrambling and rambling are the best because they remind you of being alive.” – Madison Perrins

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” – T.S. Eliot

“There is always an adventure waiting in the woods.” – Katelyn S. Bolds

“Embrace the detours.” – Kevin Charbonneau 

“I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost

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

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

“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth.  Then I ask myself the same question.” – Harun Yahya

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

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

“The hardest mountain to climb is the one within.” – J. Lynn

“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” – John Kerouac

“Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Si’ahl

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

“Happiness walks on busy feet.”

I hike to burn off the crazy.

“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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Mountain Hiking Quotes

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

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

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

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

Instagram Hiking Captions

“Stop following others and create your own path in life.”

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

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

Hiking with Friends

“Happiness is hiking with friends.”

“Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”

“Let’s travel together and get lost in beautiful places.”

“In life, it’s not where you go, it’s who you travel with.” – Charles Schulz

Walking in Nature Hiking Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

“I love walking in the woods, along the trails, by the beaches. I love being part of nature. I love walking alone. It is therapy. One needs to be alone, to recharge one’s batteries.” – Grace Kelly

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

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

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

“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

Romantic Hiking Quotes

 “Camping is not a date; it’s an endurance test. If you can survive camping with someone, you should marry them on the way home.”

Always hike with someone in worse shape than you. The bears out there will know.”

“You keep me safe, I’ll keep you wild.”

“It’s not where you go, but who you go with.”

“Let’s find some beautiful place to get lost together.”

“We are all travelers in the wilderness of the world and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“It’s not how many miles you walk, it’s how many smiles you share.”

Even More Hiking Quotes

“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

“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

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

“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

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