56 Original Mountain Poems

Original Mountain Poems

These are original PineTreePoet mountain poems. They were all written away from the physical and emotional constraints of plastic, steel, and concrete. Please share this list of mountain poems with your adventurous, outdoorsy, sunshine-loving, all-day-hiking friends & family.

The mountains are where I feel alive and connected. To myself, others, and the natural world. And it’s in the mountains that I believe the best poetry is born.

Hey! I wrote these 51 poems myself (aside from a few sprinkled in from one of my favorite poets, Emily Dickinson), and so I’d love to hear which is your favorite. Leave a comment at the bottom, will you?

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I trade my time
and soles
for mountain views.

6/22/21 by PineTreePoet


They dwell in the city
and talk about
mountain people
and beach people

like they’ve unlocked
some great secret to tranquility.
But it’s no secret that
plastic and steel and concrete

can easily, handily, unceasingly
by nature’s eternal beauty,
be beat.

7/1/21 by PineTreePoet


If you’re looking for love
go to the mountains.

Even if you meet no one there
you’ll come back

in love.

8/8/22 by PineTreePoet


If a poor man sent his lenders
to the forest to collect their debts

they’d soon be found
quite naturally content

to shuffle under pines
scurry up steep climbs
and to bask in such wild sunshine

that very soon they’d forget
the owed large money lent.

8/17/21 by PineTreePoet

I’ve written many mountain poems in Grayson Highlands State Park.


The stream cut the trail
tumbling down the mountain

and we splashed like kids

tumbling into each other
and into ourselves
and deeper into the wild.

8/26/21 by PineTreePoet


It is unfair
to man’s greatest achievements
to behold a mountain sunrise.

8/2/21 by PineTreePoet


My fears about mortality
I showed the grandeur of the Rockies
the mysteries of Sedona
and an Appalachia sunrise
and they laid down their arms.

8/26/21 by PineTreePoet

The Mountain sat upon the Plain
In his tremendous Chair–
His observation omnifold,
His inquest, everywhere–

The Seasons played around his knees
Like Children round a sire–
Grandfather of the Days is He
Of Dawn, the Ancestor–

The Mountain by Emily Dickinson, 1864


Follow your own path in life
just make sure

to see a few desert canyons
climb a few cold mountains
and stop and smell the pine trees
every chance you get.

8/27/21 by PineTreePoet


You don’t seem the mountain type
so I won’t be seeing you again
with your plastic preoccupations
thought I’m sure you’d be an okay friend.

by PineTreePoet


In the mountains
your nighttime company
are owls and cicadas
or stars

and I really don’t think
you can go wrong.

by PineTreePoet


The rugged trail said to me
follow me
deeper and deeper
into your own soul.

by PineTreePoet


Spend more time
in the mountains
so you spend less time
thinking about
your bank account.

by PineTreePoet


And then again
maybe we’ve all sold out
our reverence for nature
for some normalcy
amongst our kind.

by PineTreePoet


Stillness is the playground
of Earth’s wildest things.

by PineTreePoet


Bad news doesn’t travel well
in the mountains.
Nobody’s paying attention
what with all that natural connection.

by PineTreePoet


A sweaty hat
dunked in a mountain river
solves quite a few problems.

by PineTreePoet


to a tall mountain
and a big blue lake
and a trail-crossing
sun-seeking snake.

by PineTreePoet


People who always
talk about gratitude
are usually mountain people
and though their incessance
can be droning
I surely get it.

by PineTreePoet


Soup in December
cooling but still hot
thoughts of melting mountains
we’ve entertained not.

by PineTreePoet


Painters have it easy
I’ll have to remember this view
with my cumbersome
fragile camera
I’ll have to make do.

by PineTreePoet

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Flowers in the mountains
have a particular way
of making me smile
at the ground.

by PineTreePoet


I’ve good reason to suspect
the mountains are happiest
when we’re under their pines,

laughing and splashing
staring and crashing [sleeping]
beneath their needly green blinds.

11/22/21 by PineTreePoet


What do you make
of peoples’ anxieties?
I asked the mountain.

I’ve no knowledge of it,
she said.

by PineTreePoet


I think if the world
ever did end
I’d like to watch it happen
from a mountaintop
with a bag of granola.

by PineTreePoet


Hitch hiking up the mountain
the wind carrying me in her hand
birdsong all around
wilderness’ perfect band

And I don’t know where’d I go
if these mountains ever fell
but I’d sure go slow
to a place much less swell

12/6/22 by PineTreePoet


I wear lots of hats in the mountains
I’ve got a lot to do
I’m watching and smelling and tasting
sensations many more than a few

The mountains also wear lots of hats
some are snow, others stone, and many pine
me and the mountains with our many hats
we get along just fine

12/6/22 by PineTreePoet


Wear hiking boots
to my funeral
and then take the smiles
my life left upon you
into the mountains
to live forever.

11/15/21 by PineTreePoet


Mountains are the gentlest giants
guarding us by grandeur
from our material superstitions.

12/3/21 by PineTreePoet


I can hardly blame
the weekend throngs
for loving the mountains
as much as I.

by PineTreePoet


I never saw
a mountain
I didn’t like.

by PineTreePoet


My neighbor asked
where I spent my weekends
and I told her among the pines
I said I couldn’t bear
long grocery store lines.

by PineTreePoet


One wretched
evening in the mountains
is better than any alternative.

by PineTreePoet


A new year
and I’m still here
surrounded by hims and hers

people suffocated with affection
for fancy false furs.

I’d rather see the creatures alive
climbing and running and calling

I’d rather stumble up a mountain
and spend a night beneath stars, falling.

by PineTreePoet


But instead of cities
imagine mountains
and instead of buildings
imagine trees
and instead of people
imagine stars

by PineTreePoet


Steal a kiss
from the mountain’s generous wind
and she’ll turn you into a prince
of no great desire.

by PineTreePoet


I looked in the mirror
and I saw
trees and mountains
all around me.

9/18/19 by PineTreePoet


The trees recruited me
and I recruited my friends
and they brought theirs

and now we’re all here
to listen to nature’s big pitch
and it sure isn’t some racket
we’re very eager to ditch.

5/4/21 by PineTreePoet


It should be written
on every billboard
along every highway:

“Visit the mountains
because soon
you’ll be dead.”

5/12/21 by PineTreePoet


Greener than money
taller than pride
prettier than music

11/6/21 by PineTreePoet


So long as I’m a stranger
to towering mountains and ancient pines
I cannot live with staying away
and to feel at home
beneath such rugged grandeur
I’ll never see the day.

by PineTreePoet


I had a strong opinion
about something
I wanted to say
to many people

but it left me
when my boots touched
this mountain dirt
when a grey cloud sprinkled
upon my dirty shirt.

by PineTreePoet


There is somewhere in between
spending every day in the mountains
and spending no days in the mountains
I want to inhabit,
with a good preference
to the former.

by PineTreePoet


When I grow up
I want to live
in the mountains.

by PineTreePoet


I drove into the mountains
and thought about
how I didn’t need much.

Maybe just a good pair of boots
and a backpack
for my socks and such.

by PineTreePoet

The Mountains–grow unnoticed–
Their Purple figures rise
Without attempt–Exhaustion–
Assistance–or Applause–

In Their Eternal Faces
The Sun–with just delight
Looks long–and last–and golden–
For fellowship–at night–

The Mountains — grow unnoticed — by Emily Dickinson, 1863


People who spend more time
in the mountains
smile much
much more
and seldom
have a mortal reason why.

by PineTreePoet


People have mishaps and personalities
and so I prefer mountains and pines.

They only stare
and for my inefficiencies
they have no care.

by PineTreePoet


There is nothing
rehearsed, tiresome, or desirous
about the mountains,
and that is why I love them.

by PineTreePoet


The cold air
held my smile’s breath
and perhaps the warmth of my mood
high in the mountains
spread across their lonely peaks.

by PineTreePoet


You should know
I’m easily charmed
by mountains and moss
and early evening owl hoots

so if I ever disappear
and you don’t find me here

it’s possible I’ve laced my boots
and I’m enchanted and tripping
over big knobby roots.

by PineTreePoet


What would pine trees do?
They’d go hang out in the mountains.

by PineTreePoet


Nobody knows why we’re here
but I think I know
why mountains are here.

by PineTreePoet


We should all try
to imitate mountains.
A tall task, I’m sure.

by PineTreePoet


I don’t wear sunglasses
in the mountains
because I’m afraid to filter out
some new shade of sky
or new bend of green in a leaf
or a glimpse of the spirit
that fills my lungs
with such wild laughter.

by PineTreePoet


We need to go to the mountains
to practice our unnature:
preserve contemplate admire
something other than ourselves

7/26/21 by PineTreePoet


Mountains keep us safe
from pomp and leisure
for who could see a rugged peak
and humbly
not wish to seize her?

12/6/22 by PineTreePoet


There is no straight path
up a mountain
which is the whole point
of climbing

12/6/22 by PineTreePoet

Did you have a favorite of these poems about mountains? Did you like those I included by Emily Dickinson?

My favorites are poems #2 and #4. They both carry this rejection of modern materialism, embracing instead the wild which calls each of us away from plastic and steel and concrete we’ve grown so accustomed to.

Thanks for reading!

George Callahan is the creator of Pine Tree Poet. He is an author of short fairy tales, fantasy stories, and magical adventures. He prefers mountains and pine trees to most other things, and usually takes his dog Cowboy along for the ride.

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