Words to Trek By – 9 hiking quotes about the trails less travelled

hiker writing in a notebook

Sometimes, it’s nice to know you are not the only one willing to trudge through a rain storm or plow along an overgrown trail just to find out where it leads. There are plenty of other like-minded wilderness explorers who crave the raw outdoors just like you.

These nine hiking quotes sum up what it truly means to seek out the trails less travelled. Hopefully, they provide you with a little extra inspiration.

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

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”
Alfred Wainwright

“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

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

“I can only meditate when I am walking. When I stop, I cease to think; my mind only works with my legs.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Discoveries are often made by not following instructions, by going off the main road, by trying the untried.”
Frank Tyger

“The bizarre trend in mountaineers is not the risk they take, but the large degree to which they value life. They are not crazy because they don’t dare, they’re crazy because they do. These people tend to enjoy life to the fullest, laugh the hardest, travel the most, and work the least.”
— Lisa Morgan

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”
John Muir

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

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Dustin Walker

Dustin Walker is a journalist, travel copywriter and editor/owner of Slick and Twisted Trails. Follow him on Twitter @dustinjaywalker

Steve Mitchell - September 20, 2013

This quotation from Anatoli Boukreev for me speaks volumes beyond the mere words – “Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion.”

Dustin Walker - June 16, 2013

Ah, that’s a good one. Thanks for posting it.

FreelanceTrekker - June 15, 2013

I like this Whitman quote: “After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains.” – Walt Whitman

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