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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Gear Review: Sierra Designs Tuolumne Vest and Cold Canyon Fleece

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Tuolumne Vest and Cold Canyon Fleece

Since autumn is full of unpredictable weather and major differences between day and nighttime temperatures, the ideal gear for shoulder season helps

Nov 21, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
How to Explore Capitol Reef National Park’s Lesser-Known Backcountry

How to Explore Capitol Reef National Park’s Lesser-Known Backcountry

Often overlooked on the list of must-see parks in Utah, Capitol Reef National Park puts a unique spin on the classic red rocks of the Southwest.

Nov 21, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
How to Plan a Backpacking Trip in Great Sand Dunes National Park

How to Plan a Backpacking Trip in Great Sand Dunes National Park

Colorado is home to a seemingly endless amount of backpacking and hiking trails. While each area of the state boasts vastly different and diverse

Oct 17, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Gear Review: Hoka One One EVO Mafate 2

Gear Review: Hoka One One EVO Mafate 2

Designed for rugged trails and long days, the Hoka One One EVO Mafate 2 was designed with long-distance hikers and runners in mind. The shoe utilizes

Sep 23, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Gear Review: Sierra Designs Nitro Quilt 800 (35 Degree)

Gear Review: Sierra Designs Nitro Quilt 800 (35 Degree)

Thinking about switching to a quilt but not totally ready to let your mummy bag go? Let me introduce you to the Sierra Designs Nitro Quilt 800. By

Aug 19, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in the Summer

Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in the Summer

Say hello to 15+ hours of daylight, refreshing mountain streams, and endless miles of green tunnel. That’s right. It’s summer in the Appalachians

Jul 2, 2019 : Colleen Goldhorn
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