Colleen Goldhorn

Hi! My name is Colleen (aka Spot) and I am a graphic designer and photographer who spends every available minute of my weekends outside. I discovered the AT a few years back 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 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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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
We All Start Somewhere: Beginner Backpacking Stories from Experienced Backpackers

We All Start Somewhere: Beginner Backpacking Stories from Experienced Backpackers

When asked about their first overnight trip, your average outdoor enthusiast may describe a perfect weekend spent ogling dramatic landscapes and

Aug 15, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
​Documentary Review: “The High Sierra Trail”

​Documentary Review: “The High Sierra Trail”

Chris and John at the start of their hike. The documentary has a beautifully unique voice and tone to it, thanks to the narration of retired

Jul 17, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
Section Hikers Are Backpacking’s Unsung Heroes

Section Hikers Are Backpacking’s Unsung Heroes

​Every year, thousands of hikers start their journey down the Appalachian Trail, each hopeful to earn the title of “thru-hiker” in a few months'

Jun 20, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn