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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

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Outdoors, Hiking and Nature, Scenic Lookout, Park
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6300 Hetzler Rd, Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 558-5547
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22790
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Rediscover why Los Angeles has been such a calling card to people from all over the world. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, just south of downtown Los Angeles, boast spectacular views of not only the ... Read more
Los Angeles basin but the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains. Learn about the reclaimed native habitat at the visitor’s center or treat yourself to a breathtaking nature hike. Trails vary from easy to a high degree of effort better than any gym workout, stair climber included. Night time viewing can be just as exciting as Hollywood starts to light up at dusk.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

A great place to get your cardio in. The stairs are steep and those of you who have shorter legs (such as I) may struggle a bit but push through it! You could do it! I went up and down 2x and my legs felt like jello afterwards. My other friend only did it once and he has longer legs...so don't feel bad if you can't do it more than once. It's all about stamina and that comes with time. Once you get to the top, the view of LA is beautiful.

Also, no dogs allowed! :(

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San Francisco, California, USA

Hilltop park with views of Downtown Los Angeles plus hiking trails & history exhibits.

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Local from Los Angeles

The effort to get the spot us worth it. The overlook is just awesome. Bring a jacket.

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Local from Los Angeles

This is must try trail. All the way up the stairs. Parking is hard to find along Jefferson. It is worth the hike, stair way, trail, street! The view is amazing at the top. Hard work & this is a definite must do.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Culver City stairs is located by WestLA. Parking can be a hassle since the trail/park s by a busy street. There's is a stair that reaches to the top and also a trail that you can take if you do not think stairs will work out for you. Another route would be the walking up the driveway, but what is the fun of that?

Stairs may take about 2 to 3 mins if you can power it through, however, the stairs are pretty steep, i would recommend to wear stable shoes and bring water.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Good place for a workout... If you get there early. Even a few laps of these steep stairs should do it for the average person. And you get rewarded with gorgeous views of the city if it's a clear day. However, be prepared to be marching in lockstep with dozens of others with the same idea and occasionally having to pass people who decide to just stop on the stairs and block your way. Also some trails to run to and down. Parking on the street at metres or it looked like there was a lot at the top.

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Local from West Covina

Great hiking trail. It isn't that far. The big thing is climbing up the 280+ steps of stairs that leads to the top. You have a few options here. You can hike up the street side where cars drive to park their car at the top. You can hike around the and take a leisure stroll around ORRRRR you can take the intense stairs up. We opted for the stairs up. Make sure you take some breaks in between.

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Local from Los Angeles

Great workout, stairs are intense but there is also a good alternative route.

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Local from Los Angeles

This is a beautiful hike with a fantastic view of West LA and downtown. There are steep stairs to reach the top or use the dirt trail to cat back your way up. It is a must do!

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Local from Los Angeles

I come here when I really need a solid leg and glute workout making 3-5 rounds (I usually take the trails down as some of the flights of stairs are pretty large). There's usually plenty of street parking, but signs indicate meters are about to be put in. There are a few uphill walking trails, mostly dirt, but lots of people walk along the road. The stairs are usually pretty busy but I've never found it impossible to keep my own pace. There are plenty of stairs that all vary in size that will get your heart rate up. The view from the top is quite nice. If you keep walking past the overlook, there are also bathrooms and drinking fountains that are in good condition. Overall a nice stop.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

One of the many great places to hike and get a workout. Street parking is plentiful but the only thing is they DO NOT allow dogs on the stairs. If you happen to have your dog, you can carry them up and back down or you can walk with them up the hill on road next to the stairs and come down the same way.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA
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STRETCH.
Bring water.
Be prepared for a good workout.
You will be sore for a couple of days but after a few times you'll love it.
Parking is a B**** and you will have to walk a few blocks but who cares! You're here because you wanna work on your fitness anyway! So get that heart rate going! :)

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Your feet will appreciate it.
This place gets pretty crowded especially on weekends and afternoons. I came here a few times after work and it was like a zoo. Be courteous, folks!

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Local from Greater Los Angeles, California, USA
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This is a very popular trail frequented by fitness types and lite hikers on the Westside. Take the Culver City stairs all the way to the top and be rewarded a panoramic view of LA. The stairs are deceivingly a solid workout and will have you relieved once you reach the top. I would say this is the Westside's version of Runyon Canyon a bit. If you are really trying to get your workout on, take the stairs up and run down the paved road to the trailhead and do the stairs again.

Great place to run, walk, or simply relax with the views. You can actually drive your car up the zig zagging road and park at the top for $5 if you are just looking for a place to hang out and sight see.

Afterwards treat yourself to the Mexican fruit stands which are typically at the trailhead.

Parking: Tons of free street parking at the trailhead but can be limited especially on the weekends.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

BURN BABY BURN! That is what this place is great for... burning off all those excess pounds that you have been grubben and slurpen down into your gullet...

Pro Tip #1: Do NOT wear bright neon green/fluorescent orange/look at me day-glo pink unless you really want others to look at you and not miss your hiking errr crawling up the hillside style...

This place is seriously crazy. It is a giant staircase of a sort up the side of a hill. A great way to burn off a lot of calories no doubt. However be forewarned, these steps are absolutely insane; they are all varied heights. This makes it really hard to get into a rhythm or consistent pace. Some steps are 24" and some are 10". It makes for an interesting workout, and its good to keep things changing, but it also makes it very hard when going down the steps. Personally, I didnt like that part of it at all.

Pro Tip #2: Arrive early so you can get parking. It is definitely at a premium here but it is free. Some people were parking up to a 1/2 to 3/4's of a mile away...

There are also several switchbacks if you want to take an elongated easier route up and down. A number of folks were running or walking the switchbacks to get a varied form of exercise. The switchbacks also add a good alternative for those who have an inability to deal with those varied height steps.

Pro Tip #3: Wear regular tennnis/athletic shoes. You do not need hiking boots or anything else.

Several trips up and down for a varied workout definitely is a nice option to mix things up. Hit it up its free and publicly paid for. Rock on you workout and hiking fiends... Perhaps I will see you out here sometime.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Hikers can take one of three paths to the top of Baldwin Hill: a paved road (best for cars), a dirt path (best for those wanting a more leisurely hike), and a staircase (best for those wanting to feel it in their legs and butt the next day). I climbed up using the staircase and took the dirt path down. While there aren't a TON of stairs - I've climbed Cambodian temples that left me more out of breath - they are pretty large and spread apart, making it a somewhat strenuous climb. The view at the top is beautiful, and it's best to go on a clear day.

After taking a look around, head to the info station, also at the top of the hill. There are clean bathrooms to use, a water fountain, a garden, and a small museum-esque presentation on the area's local wildlife. I would definitely recommend taking the dirt path down, since it can be a little dangerous to use the stairs. Overall, this overlook offers a great view of the city and is a relaxing place to get some exercise.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I drove by and discovered this park by accident, which is very nice. I saw a short video about it and had to go back some time.

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Local from Culver City, California

Great place for a weekend jog or mini-hike. It's short and won't take you long but you can choose your difficulty: steep stairs or winding hike. Either way you'll be rewarded with a great view

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Local from West Los Angeles, California, USA

My favorite stairs course in LA. Similar to the famous Santa Monica stairs, but much more scenic and less crowded. Come here to hike or climb stairs!

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Climbing the steps to the top is a lot of fun. The only reason I'm giving this place 4 stars instead of 5 is because the entire duration of the hike is pretty short. But that's no one's fault. I just wish the experience was longer. This place really shines when you sneak in to hang out at night. The atmosphere and mood is really cool and intimate then. Not that I have ever tried that or am advocating it. That's illegal. I'm just point it out that if one were to do that, they might have a good time. But don't do that.

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Local from West Hollywood

Easy to get to, plenty of street parking, trails are kept up, stairs are a great workout + no dogs allowed :(

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