There’s something about hiking that makes us burst out into song. I’ve listened to hikers belt out everything from Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” to that old classic “Five Hundred Miles.”

I’ve heard Waldorf school kids hiking in Wildcat Canyon near Berkeley, Girl Scouts hiking in Olympic National Park, and an elderly couple in the Green Mountains of Vermont singing “Valaree, Valara, Valaree, Valara ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Valaree, Valara, my knapsack on my back…What is the name of that song, anyway?

The most recognizable hiking song was written for horseback riders not hikers.

Dale Evans, “The Queen of the West” and movie cowboy-singer Roy Rogers together recorded more than 400 songs, but it is “Happy Trails” that we best remember. Evans wrote the song in 1950 and for many years it served as the closing song for the couple’s television series. The simple tune and catchy lyrics “Happy Trails to you, until we meet again” just stay with you.

Here are the lyrics for “Happy Trails” plus a few more hiking songs for the trail. Collect more for your repertoire and enjoy them with your friends.

Happy Trails
(by Dale Evans)

Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It’s the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here’s a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you,
Until we meet again.
Happy trails to you,
Keep smilin’ until then.

Who cares about the clouds when we’re together?
Just sing a song, and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you,
Til we meet again.

I’m Happy When I’m Hiking
(English hiking song (Original Author Unknown)

Tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp.

I’m happy when I’m hiking, pack upon my back.
I’m happy when I’m hiking, off the beaten track.
Out in the open country, that’s the place for me
With a true Scouting friend to the journeys end,
Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty miles a day.

Tramp, tramp, tramp …

Over The River
(original author unknown; sung to “Over the River”)

Over the river, along the trail,
The hikers march along.
And as they go, they love to sing
Their favorite hiking song.

Over the river, along the trail,
They love to hike and sing.
They’re filled with all the wonders
A nature hike can bring.

Along The Trail
(original author unknown, sung to “Frère Jacques”)

Let’s go marching, let’s go marching,
Along the trail, along the trail.
I love to march fast,
I love to march slow,
Along the trail, along the trail.

Additional verses: (substitute other actions for marching )

March and Sing
(original author unknown, sung to: “The Mulberry Bush”)

Along the trail we march and sing,
March and sing, march and sing.
Along the trail we march and sing,
Along the trail today.

Additional verses:

We huff and puff; skip and whistle; swing our arms

I Met a Bear
(original author unknown, sung to: “Skip to My Lou”)

I met a bear along the trail,
I met a bear along the trail,
I met a bear along the trail,
I better step aside.

Additional verses:

I met a skunk; squirrel; deer

The Scat Rap
(original author unknown)

CHORUS:
It starts with an “S,” ends with a “T”.
It comes out of you, and it comes out of me.
I know what you’re thinking, it could be called that,
But be scientific and call it scat.

You’re walking through the woods and your nose goes “ooh.”
You know some animal’s laid scat near you.
It may seem gross, well that’s okay.
They don’t have toilets to flush it away.
Now don’t go screamin’ and lose your lunch,
If you picked it apart you could learn a bunch about—scat
If you wanna find out what animals eat,
Take a good look at what they excrete.
Inside of their scat are all kinds of clues
Parts of food their bodies can’t use, and that’s—scat.
If you park your car in woods or a field,
You might find scat on your windshield.
Some of it’s purple and the rest of it’s white:
You just got bombed by a bird in flight and that’s scat.
It tells us what they eat and it tells us who they are.
That’s what we know about scat so far
If you wanna find out what animals are around,
The place to start looking is the scat on the ground.