I would not hike up the steep south ridge unless you want yucca up your arse! There are lots of yuccas along this portion of the trail. Do it as a loop and descend this section. Go early, most of the hike has very little shade, although there is a really nice shaded grove at the top to picnic or rest at before descending.
Hike up around, over and down the steep way. Nice Mountain, I enjoyed the descent. Got pricked by a yucca. Here the the track for Google Earth.
I like going up the south slope,down the NW ridge, and over to Strawberry. You can make this a car shuttle ridge route from Barley Flats over to Josephine as well.
Silly but fun weekend tagging a bunch of random HPS bumps with Bob. Not much in the way of climbing (or even scrambling), but pleasant all the same.
Hiked up south slope firebreak, then down to saddle between Strawberry. This is a cool chain of peaks, but I think I like Josephine the best. Almost stepped on a baby rattlesnake on the way down, tucked into a handhold!
From Strawberry Peak along the ridge, then down the South Ridge to Red Box Station. Part of a 13 peak marathon with Matthew. Trip Report
A great climb after work. Coming back from Strawberry over the top of Lawlor I got back just before Dusk. The yuccas on the south ridge are gnarly.
I have climbed this peak numerous times, usually in combination with other nearby peaks. I enjoy taking the main northwest ridge up and the steep south ridge down.