On My List
By Brian W. Carter, Sentinel Staff Writer
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
On My List this month is one of my favorite locations, the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (BHSO).
The 58-acre park boasts a variety of wildflowers, birds and multiple picnic areas. The BHSO prides itself on its restored native habitat and manages to capture the essence paradise within an urban L.A. landscape. At the top of the overlook, there are exhibits, which illustrates the work, dedication and preservation of this local utopia.
The BHSO is particularly my guilty pleasure because it provides me with a good workout and breathtaking views. It’s a workout fanatics dream and a casual walker’s delight. The park is always loaded with workout enthusiasts, casual walkers, cyclists and folks just looking to stroll.
There are multiple paths one could take to reach the top of the overlook, all challenging in their own way.
The main road, Hetzler Rd, will take you to the very top of the overlook. Many walk Hetzler Rd for a workout you won’t forget. The semi-steep incline and winding road provides a good workout targeting your glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves. This road is going to make you sweat.
The most famous attraction of the BHSO is the stair climb all the way to the top. There are always people on the stairs climbing, running, jumping, you name it! The 270 stairs will definitely get that heart pumping, legs burning and sweat running.
For the casual walker or cyclist, there is the trail, which winds its way to the top as well. The trail ranges from steep, to moderately steep, to a climb in certain areas. The trail provides a variety of challenges sure to keep you coming back for more.
Your reward at the top is a breathtaking view of the city of Los Angeles. At 511ft., you get a panoramic view in every direction from the Pacific Ocean, to Downtown L.A. and everything in between, it’s a sight everyone should see.
The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is on my list and I think you should take a visit.
The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is located at 6300 Hetzler Rd.
Culver City, CA 90232. For more information please call the visitor center at 310-558-5547 or visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22790.
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