We get outside to challenge ourselves and have fun, but part of that includes telling people all about our experiences—what better way to do that than with a tattoo? Whether you’re working on a full arm sleeve or debating your first one, these 38 ideas for hiking tattoos will give you something to think about.

38 Hiking Tattoos Might Just Inspire Your Next Piece

Whether it’s your first piece or you’re expanding your sleeve, these tattoo designs will hopefully inspire design ideas to incorporate your love of hiking and the outdoors into lifelong body art.

Hiking Tattoos in Black and White

Artsy Mountains With A Crest of Flair

 

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Showing Love for the Boots that Take us There

 

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The Light Bulb Moment When You Realize You Belong Outside

 

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Traditional and Outdoorsy? Yes Please

 

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Sometimes Winding Trails Are The Best Ones

 

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One Layer of Mountains On Top of Another

 

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For Travel Addicted Outdoor Lovers

 

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More Hikes Under the Moonlight, Please

 

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To Mimic The Eternal Flow of the River of Your Soul

 

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Hiking Tattoos in Color

Dreaming of Mountains in the Distance

 

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The Trail We All Want to Take

 

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Have Camera, Will Hike

 

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Moonlit Hiking Boots

 

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Rivers, Mountains, Sunset–Outdoor Perfection

 

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Campfire in the Wilderness

 

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Only If You Have a Trail Name!

 

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Getting Lost in a Compass

 

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Whether You’re Looking for Solitude or Spacecraft

 

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Simple Design With Amazing Shading

 

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Hiking Tattoos with Text

Into the Mount Hood National Forest We Go…

 

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S/O To the Boy Scouts for This One

 

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Go Where You Feel Most Alive

 

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No Matter the Direction, If You’re Outside, You’re Heading the Right Way

 

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You’re Not Hardcore Unless You Live Hardcore

 

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Like a Permanent Parks Patch

 

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Sasquatch Knows Where He’s Going, So…

 

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Especially If It’s The Path Less Traveled

“Die With Memories, Not With Dreams”

 

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To Remember Your Trip, the Topography, and the Memories

 

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Cairns Lead the Way

 

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Hiking Tattoos with Animals

For All the Bear Lovers

 

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We Love Our Four-Legged Hiking Partners

 

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Wildlife Can Be The Best Part of a Hiking Trip

 

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Because Hiking is About Simplicity

 

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We Follow in Their Footsteps

 

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We Are All Connected

 

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An Ode to Our Furry Companions

 

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We All Share the Forest

 

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Megan Walsh

Megan Walsh

Megan dreams of one day being a professional recreationalist, and welcomes any and all tips on how to get there. When she isn’t climbing, skiing, or enjoying shavasana, she’s drinking coffee and furiously typing away at her computer––or watching Netflix. Her work has been featured in Climbing Magazine, Utah Adventure Journal, and on Moja Gear.