Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
Here we go! This is not a walk in a park, not even a hike, this is an insane, probably the most short, steep and excruciating ascent in all of Los Angeles! We present you Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City! It is ultimately shortest – approximately 0.3 miles and most difficult hike in all of LA that will get your heart pumping. Many athletes run up the concrete stairs lead all the way to the top
Besides the cruel direct ascent up the concrete stairs there’s also a bit milder Zig-zagging pathway that crisscrosses the stair’s path. Many people prefer this alternative route – which allows them to enjoy the views while not overstressing on cardio while hiking.
Living in Los Angeles concrete jungle isn’t always easy, especially if you are used to nature and enjoy taking a walk in the park. Baldwin Hills Scenic overlook is one of the few places that you can take a gulp of fresh air from above the dusty dry streets of poorly planned LA urban cityscape. Even better location is an always green wooded Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area located across the La Cienega Blvd.
Fireworks from Baldwin Hills Overlook.
Looking for a place to watch 4th of July fireworks? Baldwin hills overlook is a perfect location to enjoy the Independence Day spectacle in Los Angeles. Given a perfect strategic location you will be able to see as far as Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Koreatown, Down Town Los Angeles (DTLA), Hollywood Hills & century city which actually blocks the view of Beverly hills. The hill is kind off located smack down in the middle of the city. Thus, it is the best place to see all the fireworks around LA.
Besides fireworks, many people just come to the Baldwin hills on a regular day to check out the LA’s infamous smog sunsets. On any day, but especially during the June Gloom you can see some of the most exotic synergetic blending of colors. It’s a place to meet a perfect sunset in Los Angeles. Bring a thermos with some hot tea or hot chocolate and melt together with the sun into the west coast horizon.
Parking near Baldwin Hills overlook.
You should find plenty of road parking on the Jefferson Boulevard, which is actually the side of the hill where the stairs up the hill start. Another approach to the hill is from the Wrightcrest dr. – which lacks the street parking and popular mostly amongst the locals (Do not recommend this one)
There’s also a parking lot at the very top of the hill! You may take the Hetzler Rd. all the way to the parking lot if you don’t feel like hiking all the way or if your’re check out the views from the hills with your grandparents.
Combine the stair hike with other activities in the area:
Baldwin hills stairs are located right next to the Ballona Creek bike path – a popular biking path going across the city all the way to Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey.
Baldwin hills scenic overlook also located right next to the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. A neat little park to take your kids to. The park features cascading man-made waterfalls with ducks and geese homing year-round as well as some basketball courts and picnic areas. There’s also kids playground on the premises as well as lots of green loans for children to round around on.
Intersection of Culver blvd & Washington blvd features a bunch of restaurants, pubs and bistros to check out following the hike up the stairs and the Baldwin Hills.
We did this hike before we had a kids although we saw many families scaling the hill together, exercising the healthy living lifestyle with their children.
Trail head: 6020 Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Parking: Lots and free on Jefferson Blvd
Length: 0.3 – 0.8 (10-30 min) one way
Elevation: 511 ft (155 m)