Colleen Goldhorn

Hi! My name is Colleen, but I'm better known on the trail as Spot. I am a PA native who now calls the mountains of Colorado her home. My days are spent as a graphic designer and photographer, but I spend every available minute of my free time outside. A few years back, I discovered the AT and since then it has been the #1 thing on my mind. Since 2016 I have hiked over 1,000 miles of the trail, with plans to some day stand on top of Katahdin with all 2,200 miles under my belt. You can usually find me somewhere in the mountains either hiking, skiing, or rock climbing. Happy trails!

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Reader’s Choice: The Best Thru-Hiking Documentaries

Reader’s Choice: The Best Thru-Hiking Documentaries

Most of us can’t spend our entire lives thru-hiking. Oftentimes these grand adventures are mere six-month highlights in a world of 9-5 jobs and

Jun 21, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Closing the Gaps in Our National Scenic Trails: An Interview with Jim Kern

Closing the Gaps in Our National Scenic Trails: An Interview with Jim Kern

“The cause that I am focused on for whatever years I have remaining is to see that Congress do for the other National Scenic Trails what it has

May 17, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
VOTE for Your Favorite Thru-Hiking Documentary!

VOTE for Your Favorite Thru-Hiking Documentary!

For most of us, work, school, finances, and family often get in the way of constantly thru-hiking. These periods in-between adventures can sometimes

May 14, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Connecticut: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

Connecticut: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail

Connecticut's section of the Appalachian Trail may be short, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in diversity. In its 52 miles, the trail

Mar 14, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
What Hiking 1,000 Miles of the AT Has Taught Me

What Hiking 1,000 Miles of the AT Has Taught Me

On May 8, 2016, I set sail on the 12-hour car ride from Philadelphia to Springer Mountain, GA. I was on my way to begin a thru-hike of the

Jan 21, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Gear Review:​ Montbell Down Balaclava

Gear Review:​ Montbell Down Balaclava

Circumstances of Review I used this balaclava on multiple cold weather hikes in Southeastern Pennsylvania, where temperatures hovered around 25-30

Dec 20, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
How to Visit Every State Park in Your State

How to Visit Every State Park in Your State

When thinking of iconic spots, big mountain hikes, or awe-inspiring vistas, our country's national parks are often the first thing that comes to

Nov 25, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in the Fall

Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in the Fall

As the final northbound thru-hiker summits Katahdin and hiking season comes to an end, there is a quietness that falls over the AT. It’s worth it to

Oct 25, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Gear Review: REI Co-Op Essential Rain Jacket

Gear Review: REI Co-Op Essential Rain Jacket

Circumstances of Review I have used this jacket during both rainy walks in Philadelphia, and wet early-fall hikes in the Pennsylvania woods. We've

Oct 3, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
The Best Backpacking Trails in Pennsylvania

The Best Backpacking Trails in Pennsylvania

With roughly half the state covered in forest, it's no surprise that Pennsylvania is home to some of the premier backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic.

Sep 26, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn