Conquering the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Stairs

Culver City residents hunting for free workout options can climb the mountain known to locals as "the steps."

Hidden off of Jefferson Boulevard, the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook boasts a 1-mile hiking trail, a 360 degree view of Los Angeles and the main attraction--a mountain of stairs that looms 715 feet in the air. Tip for newbies: If you don't like crowds, don't go before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m. as those are the most popular times. 

Interested? Hear from people who have conquered the steps. 

Mary McGrath January 12, 2011 at 02:35 PM
Oh wow, where is this place exactly? I see people on some paths when I'm in the area, but didn't know there were monster steps! Looks ambitious!
Winter Johnson January 12, 2011 at 06:37 PM
The monster stairs are slightly west of LaCienega Blvd., but east of Duquesne. Look for the state parks sign and take the trail up. They are super hard, but a great workout.
Ed January 12, 2011 at 07:57 PM
For the address to this park and other misc. park info: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22790
JT January 14, 2011 at 12:51 AM
I am training with TNT to hike the Grand Canyon and we hike the stairs every week. Last year we trained to hike Half Dome in Yosemite and did them once a week as well.
Mary McGrath January 14, 2011 at 01:02 AM
Doubt I'll do these stairs, but I do love to hike....did a monster hike in Palo Alto a few months ago. It was quite a workout with some impressive views....
robert gagnier January 14, 2011 at 07:46 AM
During this past summer there was a guy who constantly drove up and down the scenic overlook. After a while I realized this guy was acting as a taxi for overlook patrons!! For $2 bucks he would drive you down the hill after you did your stair or hill. Ten bucks and you were good for 5 trips! Some thought they were crazy for paying but now I know why they had hopped in. Why WOULD anyone pay a stranger to take them down the hill and kill half their workout? The answer is because that little ride would enable them to come back up-again..and again..and again. What I found out; as do others, is that as hard as it is to make your way up the stairs or hill, your highest risk of injury comes when you have to come down, which you do...by hook or crook! So while getting "up there" is a great feeling of accomplishment and a real compliment to your cardio interests, you still have to get back down that hill or stairs and that is another task in and of itself. Unlike your trip(s) up, gravity and momentum will be brutal, persistent, and constant companions upon your downward descent. And with the stairs in particular you'll have to be conscious of where your feet are going to land at all times while also being aware of the people coming up the stairs at varying angles & speeds. The fact that you just expended a ton of energy and are now battling fatigue could and has lead to a perfect storm of mistakes leading to tripping, slipping, and falling. I've seen it all. Be safe!


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