The 11 Best Documentaries about Hiking

Jul 23, 2023 | Best Of, Sports

Adventure-seeking viewers can explore some of the world’s most breathtaking views from the comfort of their own home with these 11 amazing documentaries about hiking. Whether you’re an experienced hiker looking to dream and plan your next venture, or a total beginner wanting to take their first steps, these films will provide inspiration and insight into this incredible outdoor activity.


1. The Most BEAUTIFUL Hike in the World: Crossing Lofoten on Foot

Are you looking for a unique and challenging hiking experience? Then crossing the Lofoten Islands on foot is the perfect adventure for you! This documentary takes viewers along a breathtaking journey, from Vestvågøy Island up to Svolvær. You’ll be walking over glaciers and ice caps as you traverse this beautiful landscape filled with majestic mountains, fjords, and wildlife. Experience all that these islands have to offer in one of Norway’s best hiking trails. From valleys to mountain peaks with incredible views, small cozy cabins where you can rest your feet- this trip will not disappoint. And don’t forget to take the ferry over to Moskenes before continuing on your way down Værøy! Get ready for an unforgettable journey – let’s cross the Lofoten Islands together!


2. The Appalachian Trail: A Journey of the Soul

This challenging adventure offers an unforgettable experience; hikers will have to cross crowded roads or hike around ponds or rivers, making their way along a path that is more than one tenth of a mile long and has been cleared of debris and blazed with white paint markings about every quarter mile. Though it takes five months on average to complete the entire trail, some people attempt to cover as much as thirty miles per day (the record is almost four hundred). Not much has changed over the past five years but now there are trails that follow parts of the AT, so taking part in this epic journey doesn’t mean having to hike all 2200 miles. Watch our documentary ‘The Appalachian Trail: A Journey Of The Soul’ today!


3. Distant North: Hiking the Kungsleden

Come along on an adventure through the stunning Arctic wilderness of northern Sweden! The Kungsleden hiking trail has been a part of this majestic landscape since 1916, and now you can experience it for yourself with our documentary. We’ll take you on a 440-kilometer trek from Abisko to Hemavan, passing through Nikkaluokta as we go. Along the way, you will get to witness some breathtaking sights and life-changing events – all in 30 days or less! So join us today for Distant North: Hiking the Kungsleden – Hiking Documentaries.


4. Only the Essential: Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,650-mile long public footpath that stretches from the Mexican border to Canada. An incredible journey of exploration and adventure awaits those who dare take on this challenge! In this documentary we’ll show you how to make the most out of your experience along America’s beautiful Pacific Coast. We’ll look at what it takes to prepare for such a long journey and provide tips for navigating each section. From finding essential supplies, dealing with extreme weather conditions, and making sure you stay safe – we’ve got all the information you need to be successful in completing one of America’s greatest hikes!


5. Why I Do Hike – Award Winning Hiking Documentary

From the pioneers who first settled our land to the modern environmentalists and trailblazers, this award-winning documentary explores why we hike. The film takes us on a journey through time, highlighting how Americans have shaped and preserved their natural landscapes over centuries. We learn about the motivations of those who came before us – from settlers looking for new lands to explore, to modern conservationists determined to protect our country’s beautiful wilderness areas – as well as the stories of today’s hikers who are drawn out into nature like never before. A must-watch for all outdoor enthusiasts!


6. Award Winning Hiking Documentary – The Range of Light – 400+ Miles in 35 Days

The Range of Light is a captivating documentary that takes an intimate look into the lives of three hikers as they embark on their epic journey through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Covering over 400 miles in 35 days, this film explores both the addictive power of long-distance hiking and also highlights the threats these wild places face. This award-winning documentary was shot by Paul Ingram and edited during covid times with support from a global team based in Finland, UK and US. The film ran at 6 different festivals around the globe with its Finnish premiere taking place in spring 2023 before its online release on YouTube. It won Best Cinematography Award at Lyons International Film Festival!


7. Every Single Step – A Pacific Crest Trail

Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Join me on my 5 month thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, where I encounter bears, summiting snowy passes, and seeing some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Every Single Step is an up close and personal look at my journey from Mexico to Canada – complete with wildfires, wild wanderer friends and more! Watch this raw documentary as I survive yet thrive in these truly wild spaces. Get ready for an unforgettable experience!


8. Colorado Trail Solo Thru Hike

But this isn’t just a film about beautiful landscapes. I delve deep into the human experience of thru-hiking, exploring the physical and mental challenges a thru hiker faces on a daily basis. Are you curious to know what it takes to complete a solo thru-hike on the Colorado Trail? Follow me on this journey as I explore the breathtaking scenery of the Rocky Mountains and document my experience of hiking one of America’s most popular long-distance trails. Discover how physical and mental challenges shape my daily life while taking in some awe-inspiring moments along the way!


9. Up and Down – 3000 km on New Zealand’s Longest Hiking Trail

This documentary follows one man’s epic journey to explore the beauty of New Zealand. He embarks on a 3000 km mission along New Zealand’s Longest Hiking Trail, and discovers much more than he bargained for! Along the way he meets inspiring people from different backgrounds who share their stories and learnings with him. Join this incredible adventure, experience the stunning scenery and get to know the people he meets in his travels.


10. Into the Wild: My Journey on the Appalachian Trai

In 2019, I set out on an adventure that would change my life forever. Into the Wild: My Journey on the Appalachian Trail is a documentary about this incredible experience. From John Krakauer’s book of the same name, I was inspired to thru-hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail and document it along the way. This journey will take you into some of America’s most beautiful and wild places, as well as explore Christopher McCandless’ story – a large source of inspiration for me. Join me in this unique journey!


11. 36 Days Solo Thru-Hiking the Rocky Mountains

Have you ever wanted to experience a solo thru-hiking adventure? Follow along with me as I embark on an incredible 36 day journey through the Rocky Mountains. From breathtaking views of snow capped peaks, to navigating rugged terrain and challenging yourself – this is a journey that will inspire your wanderlust! Get ready for an unforgettable experience.

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