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Inspirational Quotes for the Days You Can't Go Hiking

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We've gathered five of our favorite outdoor quotes to get you through the days when you're stuck at work and can't get outside. These quotes are from some of our heroes, noted adventurers, authors, and explorers that have inspired our love of hiking. So prepare to be inspired, grab your daypack, snacks, and favorite hiking socks and plan your next hike!


1.  John Muir on the Power of Forests

John Muir may be the most quoted naturalists of all time, and with good reason. Go for even a short hike and you will see more nature than a whole week in the city.  

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world - John Muir

"Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world"  - John Muir


2. Henry David Thoreau on the Beauty of Lakes 

Thoreau did some of his most famous writing near a small lake. Some of our favorite hikes lead to lakes and we think there is a very good reason that most trails lead either to a mountain top or a lake. 

A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature...

"A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature." - Henry David Thoreau


3. Gary Snyder on Nature

When we go backpacking, we bring all we need in our backpack and wherever we pitch our tent feels like home. 

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

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


4. Nancy Newhall on Wilderness

Going for a hike is one of our favorite things to do when dealing with big life decisions and questions. A few miles on the trail always seems to bring new perspectives, wisdom, and reassuring answers. 


The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask - Nancy Newhall

"The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask."  - Nancy Newhall


5. William Blake on Mountains

Every time we go on an adventure we come back with a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that we don't find in any of our other endeavors. 

Great things are done when men and mountains meet - William Blake

"Great things are done when men and mountains meet."  - William Blake


Do you have a favorite outdoor quote? Share it in the comments section below!


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Austin Campbell
Austin Campbell

Austin lives in the Pacific Northwest where he enjoys hiking and backpacking in the Olympic and Cascade mountains.

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Pacific North Wanderers
Pacific North Wanderers

June 18, 2016

Great quotes! We may use one of them when we change the quote in our website footer next month :-)

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