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if you love adventure, youve found it. if you love climbing/bouldering youve found that too. also the view is great. in order to get into the cave and also the summit at the end you have to climb up a rock crevice by use of a rope that is already there. enjoy!
Great day for a hike.
Parking is very easy for this trail. You can park on either side of the road. If you have a low clearance vehicle (like I do) then the side opposite the gate will save your undercarriage as you leave the pavement for the dirt.
The first two miles are steady uphill at a slope that is almost completely constant. Getting to the top is really a choose your own adventure. Once you reach the area just below the peak (~20' vertically below), you can choose the sketchy front side to shimmy up (easily class 4) or go around the backside to a somewhat easier shimmy to the top). Dogs are NOT recommended as there is almost no way to get them up and down this part. If you have a friend, both the up and the down are significantly easier.
I continued on to Gaskill Peak (easily seen from both the trail up and the peak of Lawson). It too has some scramble/shimmy to get to the top. Turns this 4.5 miler into ~7.5-8 miler but most of that is very easy on the fire road and the view from Gaskill is so worth it. I recommend both if you have the time and the legs for it.