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Lawson Peak Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Jamul, California that features a cave and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is best used from November until May.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 1,499 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Cave

Views

Rocky

Scramble

Washed out

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Getting There

Park on the side of the road where available. Be sure to not obstruct the trail head for those who wish to off-road.

Downtown: From Downtown San Diego take G St. to CA-94 E and stay on the highway until it ends and turns into CA-54/Jamacha Rd. Turn right to stay on CA-94 E/Campo Rd and keep on CA-94 E/Campo Rd. Stay on CA-94 E/Campo Rd. for 4.5 mi and then turn right onto Lyons Valley Rd. Keep right to stay onto Lyons Valley Rd. and drive for 1.6 mi and continue onto Skyline Truck Trail and drive for 7.1 mi. Turn left at the stop sign and drive for 2.6 mi. At the mile 13 marker you will see a yellow gate which is the trail head to Lawson Peak. North County: From North County get on I-805 S or I-15 S and merge onto CA-94 E. Stay on the highway until it ends and turns into CA-54/Jamacha Rd. Turn right to stay on CA-94 E/Campo Rd and keep on CA-94 E/Campo Rd. Stay on CA-94 E/Campo Rd. for 4.5 mi and then turn right onto Lyons Valley Rd. Keep right to stay onto Lyons Valley Rd. and drive for 1.6 mi and continue onto Skyline Truck Trail and drive for 7.1 mi. Turn left at the stop sign and drive for 2.6 mi. At the mile 13 marker you will see a yellow gate which is the trail head to Lawson Peak. South County: From South County get on I-805N or I-15 N and merge onto CA-94 E. Stay on the highway until it ends and turns into CA-54/Jamacha Rd. Turn right to stay on CA-94 E/Campo Rd and keep on CA-94 E/Campo Rd. Stay on CA-94 E/Campo Rd. for 4.5 mi and then turn right onto Lyons Valley Rd. Keep right to stay onto Lyons Valley Rd. and drive for 1.6 mi and continue onto Skyline Truck Trail and drive for 7.1 mi. Turn left at the stop sign and drive for 2.6 mi. At the mile 13 marker you will see a yellow gate which is the trail head to Lawson Peak. East County: The easiest route to Lawson Peak from most places in East County is by taking the I-8 W and then taking CA-125 S. Exit right for Spring St. and keep to the outermost left turning lane. Turn left onto Spring St. and then keep right for CA-94 E. Stay on the CA-94 E until it ends and turns into CA-54/Jamacha Rd. Turn right to stay on CA-94 E/Campo Rd and keep on CA-94 E/Campo Rd. Stay on CA-94 E/Campo Rd. for 4.5 mi and then turn right onto Lyons Valley Rd. Keep right to stay onto Lyons Valley Rd. and drive for 1.6 mi and continue onto Skyline Truck Trail and drive for 7.1 mi. Turn left at the stop sign and drive for 2.6 mi. At the mile 13 marker you will see a yellow gate which is the trail head to Lawson Peak.

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Scott Tuck
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Hiking

Awesome but it’s a Butt kicker especially when it’s hot. So, totally worth it tho.

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katie atherly
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Hiking

Nice steady climb. Start early. Once Sun comes over peak, you’re exposed. About 30-45 min to top at good pace no stopping. About 60 + min to top taking your time. Cool boulders at top. Wild flowers in July 2020. So far, no other humans. Didn’t go all the way up to peak due to brush overgrowth, and the sense that I would not be able to see a potential snake due to the overgrowth, so I turned around. Other than top, well kept trail.

Christian Castillo
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HikingOver grown

Great hike and some minor rock climbing. there is an arrow of rocks pointing to continue the hike to the rope. Some overgrown bushes along the trail by the boulders. couple of nicks here and there. The rope looks intimidating but does require upper body strength but with a partner it can be slightly easier. The view of the top is peaceful and breathtaking.

Lauren Nguyen
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HikingRockyScramble

Great trail- kind of rocky so might want to wear real hiking shoes so you can grip on to the rock. Very hard trail make sure you go with someone who knows what they’re doing.

ashlyn b
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Carly Bulik
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Hiking

loved it! with Josh, Max & Meg. Sunset views

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Benjamin Drake
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Ya B
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HikingBugsNo shadeRockyScramble

Amazing hike.! It’s easy to loose path there’s a few forks along the way. If it’s your first time I would keep your app open on the gps map to make sure you go the right path. Gloves help for the rock climbing towards the peak. The view at the peak is amazing!

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Courtney Ploeger
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HikingRocky

Beautiful scenery and lookouts. We were kinda bummed because we made it almost all of the way to the summit after climbing over many boulders but ended up not being able to find our way to the top (sunlight was also not on our side!) - very difficult and somewhat disappointing. Very beautiful and definitely challenging hike, though!

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Mayda Navia
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HikingBugsNo shade

Love this hike! I’ve been here a couple times...flies were horrible the first time I hiked Lawson, but the other times it was great they were no where near sight! There is a little bit of shade in certain areas, but most of the hike has no shade (wear a hat, that helps). This hike has beautiful views! I have yet to make it all the way to the top. Great workout climbing those rocks!

Linda Jaehn
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRocky

This trail is rated difficult for a reason! Towards the top of the peak it’s definitely an adventure – rocks everywhere (sometimes have to make your own path) and a rope section. I’d recommend you go with a partner. Overall, a beautiful, challenging trail.

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Atticus Linaweaver
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Hiking

Great trail, with a beautiful view . Not to hard when it’s cool out, bit would avoid on a hot day.

Megan Carolin
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Hiking

Steady incline for 2 miles then when you split off at the crossroad to go up to the peak there are some difficult spots and the path is not always clear, with bouldering and scrambling. At the top, there is a rope and wooden ladder to go through a cave to the vista point. Unfortunately we went on a day when it was very overcast so didn’t see any view but imagined it was great!

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Dawn GeeDee
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Love this trail! Definitely not for the casual hiker. Especially when you have to scramble to the top. Might give some the jitters

Davis Kigin
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Megan Yonts
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Very gradual most of the way up then to summit you basically need to be a rock climber. The last 1/4 of the hike is scrambling up boulders and through shrubs on a tiny tiny trail. Then at the top, you have to use a rope to climb up a tiny shoot to get to the summit. It’s crazy intense at the end but SO FUN if you are into that. Definitely left with some scratches but would do it again now knowing what to expect.

Scott Calderwood
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Hiking

Love this hike. Pretty easy until you get to the end

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