Whether you’re looking for a great workout, a place to have a picnic or some hiking trails that lead to an epic view of West Los Angeles, the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City offers all of the above. In this post I will provide all you need to know about the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook including general park information, history, visitor center info, trail updates and more.
NOTICE: Due to the Trail and Stormwater Improvement Project, from May 1, 2018-April 1, 2020, sections of the trails and stairs will be closed for construction and restoration work (via. http://www.parks.ca.gov).
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
It’s hard to believe that the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is one of the last remaining undeveloped hillsides in Los Angeles. What most people don’t know is these hills were once slated to undergo construction for a massive 241-home subdivision. In a strong grassroots effort by locals and activists, the project was eventually canceled. After an extensive fundraising effort by the community, Baldwin Hills have been rehabilitated with an abundance of plants, trees and wildlife, making it one of the most sought after views and hikes in LA. Currently, the Hills are undergoing a 1.1 million dollar makeover which will include trail and stair restoration.
There are a few ways to get to the top and enjoy the view that is Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. You can climb the 282-steps known as the Culver City Stairs, hike a mile-long trail that zig-zags its way to the top, or you can drive to the top using the paved road that goes up the backside of the hill. Whichever way you take, the result at the top is breathtaking and rewarding (if you don’t drive to the top, that is).
Visitor Center Information
The visitor center at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is a 10,300 square-foot structure that includes a conference room, theater, and enclosed pavilion next door. The visitor center also includes an area for learning the history of Baldwin Hills, as well as the nature and wildlife it provides.
A skyline terrace is available to rent for weddings, meetings and other events. It holds up to 250 guests. Click here to find more information.
These hours are subject to change due to staffing on hand and availability. It’s recommended that you visit their Facebook page for the most up to date hours. You can also call the visitor center at (310) 558-5547.
Directions & Parking Information
The entrance is easy to find off of Jefferson Blvd at 6300 Hetzler Rd. At the base of the park there is an abundance of free street parking available. Sometimes it’s hard to find parking at the base on the weekends but if you arrive early enough you shouldn’t have any problems finding a spot.
If you’re visiting for the view without hiking up the stairs or trails, parking is available at the top near the visitor center for $2 an hour or $6 for a full day.
- Hydrate Plenty
- Wear Sunscreen
- Stay On The Trails
- Do Not Leave Valuables Visible In Vehicles
- Alcohol And Drug Use Are Prohibited
- Dogs Are Not Allowed On The Trails, Only Paved Roads and Parking Lot At The Top (Service Animals Have Full Access)
- Bikes Are Prohibited From Trail Use
- Fireworks and Firearms Are Prohibited
Park Hours and Contact Information
The listed park hours are 8am to sunset daily. If you have any questions regarding the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook or Culver City Stairs and trails, I recommend contacting the California Department of Parks and Recreation. They can be contacted by phone at (916) 653-6995 or (800) 777-0369 and by email at [email protected].