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Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Hike

The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike offers views and quick hiking fix in the middle of LA. On a clear day you can see from the Pacific Ocean to the San Gabriel Mountains.

Rating:
3.5 / 5
Distance:
2.3 miles (3.7 km)
Time:
1 hour
Difficulty:
Moderate
Climbing:
350 ft (107 m)
Trail Condition:
Unmarked Park Trails
Challenges:
Crowds, climbs
People:
Crowded
Known For:
Great views
Best Time:
Sunset
Dogs:
No
Bathrooms:
Yes
Parking:
Free

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Hike Trail Maps

Use this address in Google Maps to get to the trailhead:
6019 Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90016, USA

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike location

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike is located about 30 minutes from Santa Monica and downtown LA. It's about 20 minutes from LAX airport.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike 3d map

The hike winds it's way back and forth on switchbacks to the overlook area.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike elevation

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a big bump in the middle of Culver City, and you climb it. This hike takes the switchbacks, so it's not as brutal as the Culver City stairs.

Interactive Map

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Hike Map Downloads

hiking map on garmin fenix 3

If you have GPS device (I use this one by Garmin and I love it) for your hike, load the GPX file below into your device to navigate the hike. For help on loading the GPX file, read this article on converting and transferring to a Garmin GPS.

Also, don’t rely on electronics as your sole means of navigation. There’s a basic printable PDF map below, and I strongly picking up a good topo map too.

View a Printable PDF Hike MapDownload the Hike GPX File

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Hike Directions

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike

What to Expect

Turn by Turn Directions

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike parking
Park on Jefferson for free. It’s a short walk to the trailhead.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook trailhead
The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook trailhead is clearly marked. Head in and hike up to the left.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike switchbacks
After about 0.15 miles, the trail comes to a big junction. From here people start the step climb. Instead, make a hard left and start hiking the switchbacks.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook trail
The trail will continue to criss-cross the stairs as your hike climbs. Always hike straight through.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook trail
Around 0.6 miles, there’s a trail junction. Heading right brings you to the road. Hike left instead.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook access road
As you near the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook access road, the trail breaks apart. Hike right toward the road.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook trail
The trail will follow the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook access road.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike
At about 0.75 miles, hike the hard left to break off from the road and continue to hike on the switchbacks.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike
At about 0.9 miles, hike straight and pass the steps up to the right.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike
Shortly after that, hike along to the right and wind up the trail to the back of the hill.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike
At the intersection, hike right to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook hike views
You made it! Soak in the views.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook trail
Head back on the trail but stay right at the T (instead of hiking back down the hill).
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook visitors center
You’ll arrive at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook visitors center. If it’s open, check it out. There are also interpretive displays offering insight into the local fauna, wildlife, and history.
Culver City stairs
Hike back down the way you came. If you’re short on time, bail by taking the famous Culver City stairs down.

A quick note. These directions are meant as a guide for the hike, and not a definitive source. Conditions change, and the information here can be different based on time of day, weather, season, etc. There can be small side trails that you might see but I missed. I have made every effort to include all the information you need to complete the hike successfully. I recommend using this guide in conjunction with a map, GPX file, common sense, and call to the ranger station or park office. If you do the hike and notice something has changed, please contact me and I will update the guide.

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