I'm not really sure why. I've been to Strawberry Peak and the route is fun and the views are good, but still. How much better could it be than Lawlor, especially if you're coming from the east? On Sunday, I set out to answer that question.
|View West down the ACH from 12W05.2 at Lawlor's South Ridge|
|Mt. Lukens to the West|
|Josephine Peak from 12W05.2|
|Trail 12W05.2 Cutting Across Lawlor's Rugged South Face|
|Looking North from the Strawberry-Lawlor Saddle|
|Beginning of Route Up Lawlor's West Ridge|
Apparently, there is an alternate route to Lawlor's summit that involves ascending (or descending) Lawlor's steep south ridge. Looking at that supposed route on Google Earth, you can see what looks like a faint firebreak leading along Lawlor's south spine from the summit to its intersection with trail 12W05.2. I looked at that ridge from up top and again from below and I'm not inclined to go that way as it is very steep and choked with a lot of sharp, pointy plant thingies that would make this option a suffer-fest. I spoke to a Korean hiker back at Red Box who had broken from the group to ascend Lawlor and descend this route and he confirmed that it was a steep, loose, brushy slog.
|Mt. Baldy from Lawlor's Summit|
|Mt. San Jacinto in the Distance|
|Telescopes Atop Mt. Wilson|
|Strawberry Peak, that Sexy Bitch|
|Pacifico to the North|
|Barley Flats with Waterman and the Twins in the Rearground|
|Twin Peaks from Lawlor's Summit|
|From L-R, Mt. Wilson, Occidental Peak, San Gabriel Peak, and Mt. Disappointment|