Our family went recently to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, on Jefferson at Hetzler. You can take the hiking trails, but most people come for the stairs. There are 300 of them, and they go straight up the side of this hill. The hill starts feeling like a mountain half-way up. After you reach the top, you are rewarded with an amazing view of the L.A. area that reaches from Downtown all the way out to the Pacific. Gorgeous! The view is so beautiful, that people take wedding photos up there.

Another perk of reaching the top is the nifty little museum about regional ecology, with a very helpful and friendly park ranger. Don’t worry, there are restrooms up there, too.

View from the top of the stairs at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City, CA. Photo by Lisa Newton on Flickr.

The only downside to this place is that you have to park on the street, unless you want to pay to park at the top of the hill and go down first. On the busy day when we visited, we had to park about 4 blocks away.

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About beccakinla

Freelance writer and unrepentant homemaker. Writer of many genres and author of "A Dozen Daisies for Raizy," "Sliding Doors and Other Stories," and "Mazal's Luck Runs Out."

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