37 Insanely Good Hiking Quotes & Captions You’ll Actually Want to Use

To celebrate the humor and beauty of hiking, I decided to compile a list of the best hiking quotes and captions that you can use for instagram, a gift idea for a hiking enthusiast or for a quick laugh.

Hiking is one of my favorite ways escape the chaos of life and get in touch with nature. But let’s face it, hiking can also be a challenging and often hilarious experience.

I recently hiked Half Dome in Yosemite with my husband, which was an incredible bucket list experience that I highly recommend to anyone! There were certainly moments of frustration and laughter along the way, as well as some marriage therapy and personal growth.

Whether it’s struggling up a steep incline, accidentally following a mountain goat trail and needing to be rescued, or wearing socks on your hands because you forgot gloves, there’s always something to laugh about on a hike. And yes, I’m speaking from experience on those…

This post is all about hiking quotes and captions.

Best Hiking Quotes & Captions

Hiking Quotes That Hit Hard and So True

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

“I don’t need therapy, I just need to go hiking.” – Unknown

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

“Hiking is the ultimate way to multitask. You get some exercise, enjoy nature, and completely ignore your problems.” – Unknown

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

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

“To travel, to experience and learn: that is to live.”- Tenzing Norgay

Short Hiking Quotes

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

“I’m not lost, I’m just exploring.” – Unknown

“Hike more, worry less” – Unknown

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

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

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

Funny Hiking Quotes

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

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

“I made a playlist for hiking. It has music from Peanuts, The Cranberries, and Eminem. I call it the Trail Mix.” – Unknown

“Always hike with someone in worse shape than you. There are bears out there, you know!” – Unknown

“Hiking is the best workout! You can hike for three hours and not even realize you’re working out.” – Unknown

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

“Hiking: the art of walking slowly while sweating profusely.” – Unknown

Instagram Captions

“Needed a change of altitude

“Think outside. No box required.”

“Actions peak louder than words.”

“Mountains aren’t just funny, they’re hill areas.”

“Collect moments, not things.”

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

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

Hiking Quotes for Couples

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

“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.” – Unknown

“Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.”- Lewis Carroll

“I was lost in the woods until I found you.” – Unknown

Inspirational Hiking Quotes

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

“Hiking is like life: the journey requires effort, but the view is worth it.” – Unknown

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

“Hiking is just 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

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

“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

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Hiking can be a challenging and rewarding experience, but it’s important to remember to have fun along the way. Whether you’re an avid hiker or just enjoy a leisurely stroll in the great outdoors, I hope these hiking quotes and captions put a smile on your face.

So the next time you hit the trail, remember to take a moment to appreciate the beauty around you, and don’t forget to laugh at the inevitable misadventures that come with hiking.

Be sure to save this post for later and let me know what your favorite hiking quote is in the comments below.

Happy travels!


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Plate & Compass is a food and travel blog written by Hannah Falkosky. After quitting her job and spending 8 weeks in Europe on just a few thousand dollars, she found her love for budget travel and sharing tips to help others explore the world. She also spent 15 years working with award-winning chefs and developed a love for artful food and cocktails. Hannah is now based out of Los Angeles, and when she’s not traveling she makes it her mission to explore the best restaurants and cocktail bars while living life to the fullest.