Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Hike
|In This Guide|
|Distance||2.3 miles (3.7 km)|
|Hike Time||1 Hour (Total)|
|Total Ascent (?)||330 feet (101m)|
|Highest Elevation||412 feet (126m)|
|Fees & Permits||Free Street Parking|
|Park Contact||Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook|
The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike offers views and quick hiking fix in the middle of LA. The trail to the summit goes up switchbacks that climb a tough 300 feet in about a mile, making it also a popular workout spot. If you want to skip the switchbacks and just punish yourself, you can hike up all 282 steps of the Culver City Stairs. Or you can just take the stairs on the descent. This hike takes the more scenic switchback route to the top of Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, where you’ll get sweeping views of LA, the Hollywood Hills, the Pacific Ocean, and the San Gabriel Mountains. It’s a fun hike to hit right in the middle of LA, and great training for the tougher peaks that you tackle on the weekend.
Where is Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook?
Use this trailhead address: 6019 Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90016, USA.
I recommend parking for free on the streets outside of the park entrance (which this address has). Street parking is popular so you may have to park farther away and walk to the entrance. You can also drive into the official lots. There’s a fee to park at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park. If you have a California State Parks Pass, entry is free.
You can also get to Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook with public transportation, especially if you’re staying in downtown LA. Take the Metro Expo Line toward Culver City, get off at the La Cienega / Jefferson Station, and walk 5 minutes to the trailhead.
The park is open from 8am to sunset. I’ve seen people working out here earlier though.
Gear for the Hike
You don’t need any special hiking gear for this hike, you can do it in workout clothes.
Here’s the gear that I personally use, have tested, and recommend for this hike*.
Good for light and more hardcore hikes. Feels like a sneaker but protects like a hiking boot.
This is a super-light and comfortable backpack that can hold everything you need on a hike, including a hydration bladder. It also works great as a general backpack or carry-on.
Make your photos stand out by using this lightweight, do-anything tripod. The Joby attaches your smartphone to trees, rocks, whatever you can find on the trail. Folds down compactly too.
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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Trail Maps
There are a lot of cut-offs and side trails. You won’t get lost at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, but stick to the main trail directions to protect this fragile habitat.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Hike Map Downloads
Download the Hike GPX File
View a Printable PDF Hike Map
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Hike Directions
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