Hiking is one of the most popular outdoor activities that offer an opportunity to connect with nature and get some exercise. Whether you hike leisurely through the woods or challenge yourself on a mountain trek, hiking provides an adventure and a break from daily life.

Hiking is also a great way to experience and appreciate the beauty of the natural world. From breathtaking vistas to diverse flora and fauna, there is always something new and interesting to discover on the trail. Whether you are in the mountains, forests, or deserts, hiking allows you to get up close and personal with the environment in a way that other forms of recreation simply cannot match.

Additionally, hiking can have many mental and physical health benefits. I find hiking to be a form of meditation for me. As a result, I am able to reconnect with my soul and nature. To explain the amazing experience of hiking, I gathered the best inspiring hiking quotes and trekking captions. And for some added fun, there are also some jokes and funny quotes about hiking.

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Inspiring Quotes about Hiking

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

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

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

4. “The best views come after the hardest climb” - Unknown

5. “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.” - Ken Ilgunas

6. “The art of climbing is to go where you go knowing that you could die, but you don't die. That is adventure.” - Reinhold Messner

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

8. “The trial will only provide if you accept its offer. All of it. You must leave home. You must be broken. It will cost you your entire life as you know it. And then, and only then, can you receive. What you receive will be far greater than anything you had or anything you lost. It will change you. It might even heal you.” - Ben Crawford

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

10. “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

11. “There is of course a deep spiritual need which the pilgrimage seems to satisfy, particularly for those hardy enough to tackle the journey on foot.” - Edwin Mullins

12. “It is very tough to climb a mountain. However, it is not as tough as convincing yourself that you can climb it.” - Bhuwan Thapaliya

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

Hiking in the Italian Alps

14. “Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.” - Dag Hammarskjold

15. “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

16. “If you would experience a landscape, you must go alone into it and sit down somewhere quietly and wait for it to come in its own good time to you.” - Paul Gruchow

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

18. “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.” - Unknown

19. “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

20. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.” - Paulo Coelho

21. “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

22. “Keep going! Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.” - Unknown

23. “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

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

25. “The best way to make smaller a big mountain is to climb that mountain; the best way to shorten a long road is to travel on that road! Anything that looks big or long to you is actually because you didn't go to it, because you didn't live it!” - Mehmet Murat ildan

26. “Mountain top: the place where life meets the purest meaning of freedom.” - Vinicius Montgomery

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27. “There is no wifi in the forest, but you will find a better connection.” - Unknown

28. “The journey, not the destination, is the reward.” - Taoist proverb

29. “When life gives you a mountain, put on your boots and hike” - Unknown

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

Hiking in Scotland

31. “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

32. “By climbing mountains, we were not learning how big we were. We were finding out how breakable, how weak and how full of fear we are.” - Reinhold Messner

33. “Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” - Izaak Walton

34. “Wilderness is impersonal. It does not care whether you live or die. It does not care how much you love it.” - Lee Whittlesey

35. “I found that starting to hike was like pulling off a plaster: better to do it quickly and not hang about.” - Bex Band

36. “If everyone in the world took care of each other the way folks do out on the trail, and if everyone approached each day with as much hope and optimism as hikers do, the world would be a better place.” - Jon Tullis

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

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

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

40. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” - Albert Einstein

41. “One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.” - Barbara Walters

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

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

44. “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

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

46. “We don't stop hiking because we grow old - we grow old because we stop hiking” - Finis Mitchell

Hiking in Madeira

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

48. “I am happy out here. Messy hair, muddy boots, and wild water on my skin. Out here, this is where I belong!” - Brooke Hampton

49. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” - Helen Keller

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

51. “Every now and then it’s good to stop climbing and appreciate the view from right where you are.” - Lori Deschene

52. “Mountains make me believe that nothing can be bigger than nature, not even human ego.” - Jay Kumar Singh

Short Trekking Quotes

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

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

Hiking on the Isle of Skye

55. “When all else fails, go hiking.” - T.J. Burr

56. “Hike your own hike to health.” - Harken Headers

57. “Never quit on a bad day.” - Ben Crawford

58. “Hike your own hike.” - Ben Crawford

59. “Hiking is good for your body, mind, and soul.” - T.J. Burr

60. “Great things are done when men and mountains meet.” - William Blake

61. “Everything worthwhile is uphill. Everything.” - John Maxwell

62. “The mountains are the starting point of all great things.” - Unknown

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

64. “Hike more, worry less” - Unknown

65. “It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.”- Edmund Hillary

66. “I have a therapist. Her name is hiking.” - Unknown

67. “Climbing is as close as we can come to flying” - Margaret Young

68. “Trekking means a travelling experience with a thrilling excitement.” - Amit Kalantri

69. “The best climber is the one who has the most fun.” - Alex Lowe

70. “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” - Chief Seattle

71. “Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.” - Gary Snyder

72. “Leave the road, take the trails” - Pythagoras

Snowdon National Park in Wales

73. “Walking is man's best medicine.” - Hippocrates

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

75. “A tourist follows a trail; a mountaineer finds one.” - Reinhold Messner

76. “Each fresh peak ascended teaches something.” - Sir Martin Convay

77. “Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory." - Ed Viesturs

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

79. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” - Lao Tzu

80. “Strategy is as important as ability” - Tommy Caldwell

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

82. “You can’t climb up a mountain with downhill thoughts.” - Unknown

Funny Hiking Quotes

83. “I don’t get it. The trail looked so flat on the map.” - Unknown

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

85. “I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.” - George Trevelyan

86. “Hiking is just walking where it’s ok to pee.” - Demetri Martin

87. “Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” - Jeffrey Rasley

88. “Hiking is the best way to avoid people” - Unknown

89. “I’d be lost without my friends and our GPS.” - Unknown

90. “If we were meant to stay in one place we’d have roots instead of feet.” - Rachel Wolchin

91. “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” - Henry David Thoreau

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

93. “Jobs fill your pockets, adventures fill your soul.” - Unknown

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

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

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

97. “Life is better in hiking boots” - Unknown

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

99. “Hiking is the answer. Who cares what the question is” - Unknown

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

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

102. “People in sleeping bags are the soft tacos of the bear world” - Unknown

103. “Live your life by a compass, not a clock.” - Unknown

104. “A crude meal, no doubt, but the best of all sauces is hunger.” - Edward Abbey

105. “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

106. “Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.” - A hiker

107. “Hiking and happiness go hand in hand (or foot in boot).” - Diane Spicer

108. “Hiking is the only slightly less ugly stepsister of running.” - Lindy Hughes

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

110. “This hike really peaked my interest.” - Unknown