I've been to the top 5 or 6 times (hiking from the bottom) and I do shorter training hikes on the dirt road as often as once a week. The trails make for a much nicer hike, though the road is convenient.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."