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Laraway Mountain Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Johnson, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Length 3.6 mi Elevation gain 1,489 ft Route type Out & Back

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NOTE: As of May 23rd, 2020, the viewpoint of trail is closed for nesting peregrines. It will be closed from May to July. The hike is not just a means to an end. Good views and features. This hike is most certainly a sleeper. Nestled in between Belvidere and Waterville at the end of Coddling Hollow Road, the meager elevation change and innocuous looking topography make it appear uninteresting. March up the fairly untrammeled path and you will find trout lillies growing right in the middle of the trail and big red trilliums on the side. The view from up high gives you a nearly 180-degree view centered southwest. 1,500 feet in 3.6 miles doesn't make this section of the Long Trail seem all that daunting, and it is not, but many avid hikers will overlook it for this reason and they should not. The summit is treed, so there may not be any alpine vegetation, but one definitely experiences nearly every other variety of flora and geology on the way up. Starting from the difficult-to-find parking lot, the trail simply resembles a disused logging road among many other much more disused logging roads. The logging road section quickly changes though after crossing a mountain stream and heading more sharply up. It is at this point that one divines the topography of the area: you are heading up the left side of a basin, crawling up the ridge as it materializes. Soon the trail becomes pretty narrow and more seasonal waterways appear. The trail has a few wet spots, but they are nothing to write home about. Soon after the trail narrows significantly, the trout lillies and trilliums give way to more typical trail paving: roots and big rocks. At one point, you will find yourself in a deep and seasonal though and largely antedeluvian-seeming flume, with rocks on either side, with the sound of yesterday's rain ticking away. Certainly though this isn't the end, there are also long, and massive rock overhangs furnishing more than a tickling of water. At this point, one can see a southward preview of the view from the lookout. Laraway Lookout is very obvious on the Long Trail, offering unobstructed views mainly of the Mansfield and Sterling ranges, plus peaks of Lake Champlain. If you like, continue four tenths of a mile to Laraway Mountain's treed summit. Return the way you came.

Trail Notes: I hiked this on a partly sunny day following a previous day's rainstorm. Bring waterproof hiking shoes, but there is no need for gaiters. Don't forget to stay off the trail berms. There are a couple of trees down across the trail but any Irene damage has been cleaned up. Getting there: 8.8miles from the 118/109 junction or 6.1 miles from the 108/109 junction turn off 109 to Codding Hollow Road. There will be a few forks, do not take Clark Rd, Hubbard Rd, or Locke Rd (they all have signs). Travel 2.2 miles from 109 until road drops to single lane. My car only has 6 inches of ground clearance, but I made it without scraping anything underneath. Just be careful to go very very slowly and know where your wheels are. No need for four wheel drive. There is a green and yellow sign at a parking lot on the right after the last house, unless you're terrified of the road, keep going the remaining two tenths of a mile. Parking lot is on the left. There is no cell reception at the trailhead.

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Ryan Lill
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Hiking

awesome. hike it you must.

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Derek Mitchell
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Hiking

Nice trail, great view, good parking area

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Peter Waldman
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Hiking

Beautiful hike, which includes passing under an awesome cliff. We saw the aerie that closed this trail earlier this year. The view at the lookout is amazing with nice places to sit.

Mike Skwar
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Hiking

top half of this trail is a 5 star, for sure. the view is incredible. the bottom -- don't follow the dried up muddy river! Your supposed to cross the river to your left pretty early on. we kept pressing on because we saw boot prints and figured we were on the right path. we weren't. it added over an hour to our hike.

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Ellie Penfield-Cyr
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Melissa Dolan
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Hiking

The viewpoint is closed as of 5/23 for peregrine falcon mating season. You can still hike through to the peak, but you will not be able to look out onto Mansfield.

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Bryant Pless
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HikingOff trailScramble

The majority of this trail is the Laraway MTN Overlook. It’s closed in May-July for Peregrine Falcon nesting. There is a reroute of the Long Trail, which completely bypasses the overlook and nesting area. The reroute is VERY rough- probably 10 people had been on it when we did it. DO NOT attempt if it’s really wet. Otherwise, it was a delightful day. The walk along the established trails are great, and there is a view at the top of Laraway, if you stand on your tip-toes:) Park in the first parking area as the road is really rough. That parking area is where this route starts.

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Grace Fair
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Hiking

Absolutely stunning Vermont day! Trail is in very good shape, only a handful of wet areas hardly worth mentioning. The trail near the top before the large rock wall was rerouted due to a peregrine falcon nest but the detour was not yet completed. Many thanks to the fella completing the bushwhacking ahead of the long weekend. We can across a fair sized bear so make lots of noise!

Jason Bouffard
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HikingClosed

Beautiful day and beautiful trail. Top 20% of trail is closed for nesting peregrines so no lookout was kind of disappointing. Still a great time!

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David Bryan
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Hiking

This is a very underrated section of the LT. It may lack the altitude and open summit, but it makes up for it with it's geological features and multiple streams. The overlook provides a clear shot of Mount Mansfield, Madonna Peak, and on clear days, the Adirondacks. The large cliff section near the top makes for a great place to cool down on a hot day.

Amanda Parent
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

There was a lot of snow and ice near the top which made for a slick trip back down. watch out for the snow I post holed few times on the way up. waterproof shoes and good boots are a must. the view was breathtaking allow plenty of time for navigating through the snow and ice that's still up there.

Carlie Nye
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Great hike. Ice is melting and there’s a falcon nest up in the over hang.

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Margaret Krick
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2/26/2020 - snowshoe up the trail - wet sticky snow but the the trail up is great - steep in some parts mixed with gradual elevation changes - the ice cascades were great - the view from the summit was breathtaking - absolutely will go in my favorites list!!

Carol Stanley
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Hiking

Right of the lt up to check ski conditions. Down to LT to parking lot. Snow shoes.

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Adam McNabb
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Great hike great views at the top longer than I expected.

Megan Byrne
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HikingMuddy

Absolutely beautiful! Very muddy but with good boots you’ll be fine. It is quiet and scenic and not over flowing with hikers. The look out is just incredible. Our new favorite!!

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Jason Bouffard
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Hiking

Hiked for the first time this past Sunday. Be careful to not miss the left hand turn to cross the ravine or else you’ll get a little lost and keep heading straight off the trail as many have done before. Was a good hike with children ages 12, 9 and 8. Awesome rocks and cliffs near the lookout! Will definitely be doing again.

Wildfire Jynx
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HikingRocky

A great hike. Finding the beginning of the trail was a challenge, but the rest was great. The last part near the summit has a lot of rocks, which were wet when we went, so be extra careful! The view is absolutely amazing.

Frederic Nogarede
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Hiking

Nice 2 hours trail back and forth. The point of view is worthy but small. Overall clean and large path, our dog had lots of fun !

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Ryan Dumas
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HikingBugs

A bit buggy and the trail isn’t well marked at the bottom, but a good hike with kids!

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Jeanessa Stpierre
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Hiking

Be careful, it's super easy to get lost. I ended up getting lost like 4 times and going in circles. It's a beautiful view at the top but the trail signs are not clear.

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dustin jones
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HikingMuddy

My year old lab loved the hike it was a little hard to figure out where the trail was, but overall very fun we will be back again!

shellie spaulding
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Hiking

The ice wall at the top is worth every single step!! It is amazing.

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