💬 The Top 5 Hiking Quotes3 min read

One thing I love about hiking is that it is so much more than just walking in the woods.

Sure, that’s what you are doing, but beyond that you are connecting with nature & thinking about your relationship to the earth.

In fact, the front page of my website has a quote that sums it up perfectly,

Travel far enough, you meet yourself

– English Author David Mitchell

If you are looking for a quote that captures your feelings perfectly, below are five of my favorite hiking quotes along with a little bit of their origin stories.

Let’s go!

The Top 5 Hiking Quotes


If there’s one thing the Appalachian Trail teaches, it is low-level ecstasy-something we could all do with more of in our lives.

From A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Bryson is a famous popular science and adventure writer whose books, including a Walk in the Woods, are considered modern classics. If you like reading and have never read any of his books, I highly recommend a Walk in the Woods.



But at times I wondered if I had not come a long way only to find that what I really sought was something I had left behind.

From Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Krakauer is another very famous adventure writer, whose Into Thin Air is a telling of his disastrous trip climbing Mount Everest. It is a must read.



Walking is a man’s best medicine.

Adage from Hippocrates

Hippocrates is most well know for the hippocratic oath – the vow that medical students take upon becoming doctors. Many consider him the father of “Western” medicine.



In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.

John Muir

Muir is well known for his influence as a naturalist and champion of nature.


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

True words from the master of 19th century poetry.

3 Hiking Quotes for Couples

Throughout history, authors, scientists, anthropologists, and naturalists have written countless pages about the practice of hiking.

“When you walk, the world has neither present of future: nothing but the cycle of mornings and evenings” – Frederic Gross, A Philosophy of Walking

“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, Journey on the Crest

“There is always an adventure waiting in the woods” – Katelyn Bolds, Whispered Beginnings

Funny Hiking Sayings

Hikers have been known to drop some funny quotes, as well.

Something about committing to a physically exhausting journey tends to bring the humor out of people.

Here are some of our favorites:

“Hiking’s not for everyone – Notice the wilderness is mostly empty.” – Sonja Yoerg, The Middle of Somewhere

“My most memorable hikes can be classified as ‘Shortcuts that backfired.'” – Edward Abbey, The Journey Home

“And now it was official: I loved REI more than I loved the people behind Snapple lemonade.” Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

3 Quotes for Hiking with Friends

Some people prefer to hike alone.

Others believe that the best hikes are taken with friends.

If you’re thinking about hiking with someone else, these quotes should get you excited about the excursion:

“As soon as I saw you , I knew an adventure was going to happen.” – Winnie the Pooh

“I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than alone in the light.” – Helen Keller

“Let’s wander where the Wi-Fi is weak.” – Anonymous

By Ben Griffin

Hiker Extraordinaire

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