Hiking for me is more than just going for a walk in the woods. Hiking, much like yoga, is my reset button. Hiking helps clear my head, relieve stress, fills my soul and inspires me to get in touch with my creative side. I’ve mentally crafted a lot of the posts I write on my blog while hiking out on the trail. It’s hard not to be inspired when I’m outside, right in the middle of Mother Nature.
While hiking, there can sometimes be several thoughts going through my head. If there’s something big going on in my life that I’m trying to sort out or make a decision about, I’ll think about that. Or it could be my current To-Do List I’m mentally sorting though. Sometimes I think about food. Who’s kidding who? I always think about food when I’m hiking. But most of the time, I put my mind on Airplane Mode and let myself get wrapped up in all of the scenery around me.
It doesn’t take much to motivate me to go on a hike. Every now and then, I do find myself needing a pep talk to get out there. It’s especially challenging to get motivated on those early, cold, dark and wet mornings when all I want to do is stay in my warm bed. Here are 10 inspirational quotes that will motivate anyone to want to take a hike.
It doesn’t matter what hike I’ve been on, I always feel a huge sense of accomplishment as soon as I’ve come back to the trailhead.
When it comes to the Great Outdoors, John Muir always seems to have said it best. Hiking is one of the few activities I can shut my brain off and focus on the rocks along the trail or the exposed tree roots I’m walking over. It’s during these most simple thoughts when I remind myself how much I love hiking. It’s literally one foot in front of the other. So beautifully simple.
Another bliss bomb from John Muir…I never go on a hike with the anticipation of solving or accomplishing something. Getting to the top or the end of the trail is always my hope, but it’s not the sole reason why I’m out there. There have been times when I’ve had to turn back before making it to my destination because I got a late start or the hike turned out to be much longer than I had originally thought. It doesn’t matter how easy or how hard the hike was, I always find myself learning something along the way, whether it’s about the trail, the person or people I’m hiking with or even myself.
I’ve done a fair amount of solo hiking. A lot of the hiking I’ve done has also been in some pretty remote places where I don’t get cell reception. You really get to know yourself pretty well when there’s no one else around for a few miles. It’s pretty refreshing having a lot of undistracted “me” time out there on the trail.
Probably one of my favorite things about hiking is how breathtaking the scenery can be out there – the alpine lakes, mountains, cool bridges, waterfalls, crazy rock formations, countless wildflowers in bloom, huge, old trees, wildlife – Mother Nature is cool! Both times I hiked the Grand Canyon, I could hardly contain myself because everything I saw was so beautiful and stunning. No picture I took could ever do what I saw with my own eyes justice.
Some of the hardest hikes I’ve done have had some pretty spectacular payoff. The hot and steep hike we did up to Lake Ingalls in 90-degree weather with our heavy packs led us to the most spectacular view of Mount Stuart I’ve ever seen. The best part was you couldn’t take a car to get there. You had to hike up there on your own two feet in order to see the view.
Once I made the decision to hike the PCT, I started getting rid of a lot of stuff. I used to buy a lot of makeup, constantly shop for clothes and shoes and collect random stuff. These days, I’m collecting more memories and taking a whole lot more pictures of my adventures.
Another really cool thing about hiking is when you’re out there, everything’s the scenic route. Just remember to stop, look around and pick the huckleberries every now and then.
I love Cheryl Strayed. It doesn’t matter where her quotes come from – one of her books, her Dear Sugars podcast or one of her numerous interviews – this woman always seems to be speaking directly to my soul. My obsession with hiking the PCT was sparked by two things – an introduction to the trail by my best friend, Jenn and Cheryl’s own adventures of hiking on the PCT in her book, Wild.
There’s nothing like hiking up to the top of something and being able to look down to see exactly where you started from. Every time I hike up Mailbox Peak, I’m blown away by how far and how high I’ve hiked up. It’s also my favorite view of Mount Rainier along I-90.
Do you have a favorite hiking quote? What are some of your favorite inspirational quotes that help motivate you to do things you love or don’t love so much, but have to do anyway? Tell me by leaving a comment down below.