Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

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The workout: 282 steep, concrete stairs with various hiking trails at the top of the climb and a windy, paved driveway to walk or jog down.

The scene: On weekends and weekdays after work, the wide stairs are jam-packed with young locals, couples and groups of friends working out together. It’s best to go during the week or midday to avoid the crowds, but be sure to wear a hat since there isn’t too much shade from the blazing sun.

How’s the parking? Locals park on Jefferson Blvd in the many meterless spots. Be careful when crossing the street with traffic on both sides. Thanks to a $700,000 grant from the Baldwin Hills Conservancy Project, the construction of street dividers for safety and metered parking spots at the bottom of the hill is underway. Having a lazy day? Take a shortcut and drive up to the top of the hill and park in the many empty spaces ($6). Still get in that workout by walking the trails throughout the area and enjoy the panoramic views.

Bonus: Once you reach the summit, sit at the long park bench and take in the 360-degree city views. Check out the rarely opened visitor’s center to learn a thing or two about the local plants and wildlife. Reward yourself with plenty of shaded areas, drinking fountains and sparkling clean restrooms. What’s more? This state park can be rented out for weddings and private events.

Venue name: Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
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Address: 6300 Hetzler Rd
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Daily 8am to sunset
Price: On-site parking $6 (cash-only)
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I may be partial to this hike/lookout point based on its convenience and accessibility, but make no mistake: the views from the top of the "Culver City Stairs" are gorgeous and spectacular.


The hike up to the top is of moderate difficulty for the average person and a decent workout, for sure. I'd recommend it to anyone seeking a fulfilling cardio blast. Once at the top, there is an observatory, flora, fauna, resting spots, and plenty of exploring to be had.


My most recent hike to the top took place at sunset. Needless to say, it was worthwhile. For those not interested in the hiking portion, there IS a road one may use to climb straight to the top in their car and partake in a quick Instagram-worthy photo opp (we all know that's the goal). But in my opinion, that's cheating.