Ascent of Lawson Peak on 1995-05-21

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, May 21, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Lawson Peak
    Elevation:3660 ft / 1115 m

Ascent Trip Report

The peak is named for I. J. Lawson, an early pioneer in this area in the 1870's. (Stein, p. 72)

The peak is in Cleveland National Forest and the area is open to public access. The begining of Carveacre Road as described below runs through private property, but there are no restictions on hiking through to Forest Service land.

To reach Lawson Peak from San Diego drive east on Interstate 8 to the Japatul Road exit which is about 7 miles east of Alpine. Exit here and go south for 5.4 miles and then turn left on Lyons Valley Road. From this junction go 4.9 miles and pull off on the right side across from milepost 13 at a junction with a dirt road coming down steeply from the hill above. This unmarked route is Carveacre Road, 16S03, which is steep and badly eroded. I recommend hiking this rather than attempting to drive it unless you have a short wheelbase 4WD such as a small jeep. Hiking up the road it is 1.8 miles to a high ridge to where it turns north and descends to an open 4-way intersection. The summit of Lawson is the massive rock directly to the NW. Cross the intersection and follow a trail that ends soon in the brush with a use trail continuing up to the base of the peak. After some boulder scrambling stay to the right or north side of the peak and look for a route up a steep series of small ledges on the left side of a large rock. On top there are some easy slabs to the large flat summit area. An alternate route is found further along the north side where a short ladder has been placed in a slot allowing one to get over a chockstone. The hike is 2 miles to the top with a gain of 1500 ft. About 1 3/4 hours is sufficient to reach the top. This hike is in "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County, 2nd ed., by Jerry Schad on p. 169. The book " California Hiking" by Stienstra and Hodgson also details the climb on p. 777. 5/95 RLC
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