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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Claimed PCT Hiker Charged With Starting California’s Fawn Fire

Claimed PCT Hiker Charged With Starting California’s Fawn Fire

A woman claiming to be a PCT hiker has been charged with allegedly starting California's Fawn Fire after attempting to boil drinking water. The

Sep 28, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
Alleged Sexual Assault on The Long Trail Leaves Vermont Hikers Concerned About Safety

Alleged Sexual Assault on The Long Trail Leaves Vermont Hikers Concerned About Safety

Vermont State Police received two troubling reports of a man sexually assaulting women along the Pico Mountain section of The Long Trail on the

Sep 15, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
Liz Bergeron, Executive Director and CEO of the PCTA, Has Announced Retirement

Liz Bergeron, Executive Director and CEO of the PCTA, Has Announced Retirement

In an email sent out to the PCTA's newsletter subscribers on September 10th, Liz Bergeron, Executive Director and CEO of the organization,

Sep 13, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
Mysterious Deaths On California Hiking Trail Have Officials Asking Questions

Mysterious Deaths On California Hiking Trail Have Officials Asking Questions

Both officials and a local community are left baffled after the mysterious death of a family on a hiking trail in California's Sierra National

Aug 25, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
How To Hike Your First 14er In Preparation For A Thru Hike

How To Hike Your First 14er In Preparation For A Thru Hike

If hikes like the Continental Divide or John Muir trails are on your list, then one important aspect of preparing for your trek is getting

Jul 30, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
Trail Etiquette 101

Trail Etiquette 101

Since basic trail etiquette is oftentimes different from what’s generally accepted in “normal” society, many hikers are unaware of how their actions

Jul 29, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
Weighing The Potential Health Risks Of Thru Hiking

Weighing The Potential Health Risks Of Thru Hiking

Doing almost 12 hours of cardio each day paired with endless time in fresh mountain air makes for a pretty healthy lifestyle, right? Unfortunately,

Jul 28, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
Alaskan Man Found After Days-Long Battle With Grizzly Bear

Alaskan Man Found After Days-Long Battle With Grizzly Bear

A coast guard helicopter was on its way to a mission in west central Alaska when weather forced them to change their planned route by about a mile.

Jul 26, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
Common Leave No Trace Mistakes Made By Thru Hikers, and How To Avoid Them

Common Leave No Trace Mistakes Made By Thru Hikers, and How To Avoid Them

It’s time to have an honest talk about Leave No Trace and thru hikers. Yes, most of us know the principles, and what it takes to accurately follow

Jul 22, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
How to Stay Safe While Hiking During Wildfire Season

How to Stay Safe While Hiking During Wildfire Season

Wildfire season in the West is unfortunately back with a vengeance, which means smoke filled forests and closures across many long trails throughout

Jul 21, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn