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Destination Recreation: Laraway Lookout

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"I came upon it, the lookout, and was pretty awed by it," says Green Mountain Club Executive Director Will Wiquist.

Laraway Lookout is a hidden gem in the Green Mountains -- familiar to locals and through-hikers, but the mountain doesn't get the same kind of attention as some of the other peaks on the Long Trail, in part because its summit is enclosed with trees.

"I think people just don't know there's a great lookout there. It's not on the kind of profile as Mansfield or Camel's Hump," says Wiquist. "But that's actually what I think makes it so special."

The best access is on the Long Trail North from Codding Hollow Road in Waterville, using the lower of the two parking lots because the road is rough.

Once you're on the Long Trail the blazes are easy to follow, and it's shaded by the trees, but this hike isn't necessarily a family one. It's an uphill battle.

"It's a big mountain, and it's challenging, but it's not rock scrambles or anything really challenging that you need to worry about," says Wiqust. "It's just a steady almost two miles up ."

Two miles up that give very little hint of the view to come, though for those with a camera, there are other distractions -- from a sneaky snake -- to towering rocks -- and then you walk out of the woods and into a sweeping view that takes your breath away.

"It has Mount Mansfield from an angle you never see, Whiteface Mountain, the Vermont version, and the whole Lamoille River valley -- Johnson, Cambridge, that area -- is really beautiful, and you see a totally different perspective," says Wiquist.

A different perspective from a lesser-known Vermont destination.

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