Hike in is easier to take LR the whole way IMO, and it is a nice easy climb on an old wide roadbed. I hiked up to it 10:30 PM - 12:30 AM, raining the whole time in early March - I'm not in good shape either. There are 2 small stream crossings at the very end, the first of which could be over the calf depending on water levels.
Be sure to check site closings before your trip as 24 gets closed due to bear activity a couple times a year.
As ifish4wildtrout mentioned, 30 is a great site and gets a lot less use, though the trail is a bit more narrow after 24 and the couple stream crossings can be a bit more challenging; one was thigh high on one of my trips.