Laraway Mountain Trail

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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 birding and is best used from March until October.

3.6 miles
1,489 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers



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.

27 days ago

Reading that this hike was a sleeper I decided to take a day off of more strenuous hikes to do this hike. I met 3 thru hikers.The temp was in the 80's. I can say with ease that we were spent by time we reached the lookout. "That was 1500' feet of constant climbing" "I don't think VT got the email that this is fall." were some of the statements. We all took at least 30 minutes. I headed down and they climbed on. They were concerned about hiking Jay peak. In my opinion Jay is a piece of cake by comparison.

Vt. is in a drought, that said there was plenty of mud and slippery rocks. Take care, and don't hike this on a hot day.

I do give it 3 stars because I like a challenge

1 month ago

Great easy day hike. Only a couple miles each way (GPS logged 4.4 total, in contrast to the AllTrails length) but nothing was too steep or difficult. The lookout has a nice view reaching out to Lake Champlain.

1 month ago

would recommend, nice day hike, lovely view from lookout

1 month ago

Beautiful hike!! It’s a tad bit confusing at the beginning, like others have said. There is parking past the green and yellow sign, but it’s very sketchy to get to, you have to cross a ravine and there is a very large rock in the road, I would suggest just parking at the sign.

Once you get to the official lot, the trailhead is there, don’t follow the other trail that continues off of the road. Currently there is a fallen tree across the trail, which makes it a bit confusing to find. The second part that was a tad confusing was after crossing (one of) the ravines. You’ll find steps down to the ravine, cross it, then hang a left.

We hiked half of this mountain freelance because of the confusing trail, but it is absolutely beautiful once you hit the lookout! We even had the joy of seeing multiple hawks right above our heads, absolutely breathtaking!

1 month ago

The first mile of this hike is mostly switchback, but then the trail gets more varied and ends with a nice lookout (I also did go a little further to the official summit.)
Initially finding the trail was a little weird– my car couldn’t go all the way to the parking lot suggested by this app, so I parked a little farther up and walked a ways on the road until I reached the parking lot. Pay attention to the map at this point and you won’t have any issues.
Also, I did this hike solo and in retrospect it felt like a good hike to do with another person. I didn’t see a single other hiker, and it seems like a very unfrequented trail, and cell service can be spotty.

1 month ago

The trail is 2 miles to the outlook and 2.4 miles to the summit. It's also closer to 1,600 vertical. It's very well maintained and the first half is mainly fairly steep switchbacks. There's a very pretty rock structure towards the top and the view on a clear day is amazing! The summit is wooded.

1 month ago

This is going in one of my top 3 hikes so far this summer. I loved the trail, the trees, the quartz and the rock formations. The view is SO worth it. It was awesome to see Mansfield from a totally different angle.

2 months ago

Moderate for the youngins maybe but if you are mid 50s and in decent shape it is a challenge, especially closer to the summit. Especially if it's raining on the way down as it was today, the rocks and tree roots can be very slippery on the uppermost section. As some have already noted the trail markings are inadequate, particularly on the way down, and can easily be missed late in the day. We lost the trail twice and had to hike back up to re- find it. It's a good 90 minutes ascending (114 floors height equivalent on our tracker) and 10 kms round-trip. You cross not less than 5 streams in the lower section and there are spectacular rock formations in the upper section. We couldn't appreciate the view because it was obscured by rain clouds and fog. We only crossed paths with one other group on the way up and on the way down a hiker two weeks into his Long Trail sojourn. Finding the entrance was tricky. Take Beals Hill rd. off Rte 109 (bear right at the old white school house) until it becomes Codding Hill rd. about 6 kms. keep going to the end even when you think you are on private property. some guides say to take Codding Hill rd. from Rte 109 but the day we went the covered bridge was closed and we had to ask at the post office nearby for an alternate route.

2 months ago

A nice hike today with friends. Trail was wet especially near the top. Lots of interesting rock formations and streams. View was really beautiful and we took the time to go up to the summit. Enjoy!

3 months ago

Like other's have said, it's possible to get off track of the trail for a bit but nothing you can't figure out. When you get to the lookout, I would recommend taking your break, lunch, etc, there. We continued onto the summit hoping to have a more exposed view, but there was no view at all, so definitely recommend making the Laraway Lookout the "end point" (although the walk to the summit was fun terrain, but muddy!!)

4 months ago

Trail is a moderate hike, definitely want waterproof shoes as trails are quite muddy near the start and top of the trail. Excellent place to take dogs! Recommend parking before reaching the creek/bridge. Low cars will bottom out trying to go over. Trails are marked, however just pay attention sometimes they are hard to seek. The summit doesn’t have much to any view however the lookout it is quite beautiful!

Hiked on May 19th

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Beautiful vistas! Hike is a little tougher than expected but worth it. Slippery rocks when weather is wet, just be cautious. Hiking poles recommended if you are shaky on descents.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

We clocked this as 6 miles round trip . The end is massive rocks and can be slippery . At The beginning the forest is beautiful with streams to cross . Gradual climb . Might not be for young children or newbies due to the rocks you climb over at the end. This trail at the parking lot is also marked as: Codding Hollow , part of the long trail .
No where is it mentioned as laraway mountain .
Once you get Onto codding hollow road from the main road follow white arrows that say long trail . It will lead you to parking lots ; parking lots : one on right this is the one marked codding hollow and further up after the small bridge there is a parking lot on the left , also that's at the start of the trail .
Will do it again.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Nice trail, but tougher than anticipated. The first half seems relentlessly uphill. The wet and rocky parts near the top were definitely tricky with a little one in a hiking carrier. Should've brought the hiking poles!

Monday, August 07, 2017

Fun hike Great view at top

Monday, July 24, 2017

Quick trail. Watch your gps, in the early part of trail you need to cross a brook but there are tracks that lead you off course. Steady incline, not much for stepping up. 1 hr up and 30 minutes down if your going for quick pace.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Steady incline up with some rocky parts towards the lookout section but very manageable

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Easy out and back with a nice view! Great little jaunt if you don't have a lot of time to do a long one. Nice rock formations and beautiful vegetation along the way.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Directions are spot on. Great hike with lots of things to look at and a beautiful vista. The perfect day hike!

Monday, June 12, 2017

I'd love to leave an amazing review however I don't feel that would be truthful. we went up the trail and made it about 15 to 20 mins into it and then due to incredibly poor markings we ended up going up what we thought was a trail for 90 mins. only to be a half mile off the actual trail. more markings are needed quite badly. soon I will be posting a link to a video once it is up loaded to YouTube to show the correct area so this doesn't happen to you. happy trails.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beautiful woods and views. This one is on our short list!

Monday, May 22, 2017

This hike is absolutely beautiful. Like others said, the directions bring you right to the parking lot. The road gets really narrow and you start to wonder if you're going the right way, but you are. All along the trail there are beautiful streams, a few that you have to cross over. There is no view at the top of the mountain, but there is a really nice view at the lookout point, which you reach before you get to the top. The top is a small opening surrounded by trees.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Great hike. Description is indeed spot on. Trust the directions and continue on the narrow road until the parking on the LEFT (with signs for Laraway). Today the trails were unexpectedly snowy. Waterproof boots are a must as the author mentioned.

Friday, September 27, 2013

The description above is spot-on. The driving directions really helped. My 85-yr old father and I hiked it -- took our time with frequent rest breaks on the way up to the 180 degree vista -- about 3 hrs up and 2 hrs 15 min down. Very enjoyable hike. The rock overhangs before the lookout are impressive.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

So much fun stuff to look at along the way.

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