Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

UPDATE (July 14, 2020) - California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

As such, State Parks continues to ask visitors to plan ahead, avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. This means no gatherings, picnics or parties. Visitors are being asked to leave if there are too many people to allow for the required physical distance. Full details on the guidelines are available at

Below you will find specific information for Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook:

What is open now? 
The following is open at this park:
  • Trails.
  • Limited parking is available to the public

What is currently closed at this park and throughout the State Park System?

At this park:
  • Visitor Center.
  • Some campgrounds across the state remain closed until further notice. Some campgrounds have started to reopen with modifications. For more information, please visit
  • High public-use indoor facilities, including museums and visitor centers.
  • Special events and tours continue to be canceled until further notice.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:

  • Stay Local: Although businesses around the state are opening up, Californians should not travel significant distances for pleasure or recreation and should stay close to home. Parking is very limited or closed at park units across the state. Walk or bike to parks in your local neighborhood. Do not travel if you are sick or if someone in your household has had coronavirus in the last two weeks.
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park, beach or on trails to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in the outdoors when you cannot stay at least 6 feet away from others who are not your immediate household members. For details, please read California Department of Public Health’s guidance for the use of face coverings here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. For more information, please visit

The view after a rainstorm. October 2016 - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

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. 

Take in breathtaking views, hike through restored native habitat, and enjoy a state of the art visitor center at your stunning new urban park, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook.  Visitors can begin to discover, or residents can rediscover Los Angeles from this 500 ft. peak just southwest of downtown.  Exhibits tell the story of this once drilled and exploited land which has now become a symbol of restoration, conservation and hope.  A short walk away, visitors are treated to a panoramic view of the entire Los Angeles Basin, the Pacific Ocean and surrounding mountains.

Park Hours: 8 am to sunset daily

Parking Fee:  $2/hour or $6/day.  Use automated pay machine in parking lot.  Display receipt on dashboard.

Visitor Center Hours:
For the most up-to-date hours, please check our Facebook page (under the "About" section) or call the Visitor Center at: 310.558.5547

Current hours (March-May 2018):

Monday: Closed
Tuesday:  Closed
Wednesday:  9am-5pm
Thursday:  9am-5pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday:  9am-5pm
Sunday:  9am-5pm
*Due to staffing levels, subject to change

Site Rental Reservations for Your Event or Special Occasion:
Go to Special Events at the top of this page.
You can email the Special Event Coordinator at

CLICK HERE for Special Event application, prices and guidelines.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Events

Filming Permits
If you would like to perform commercial or student filming or photography at the park, you need to contact the State Park film permit coordinator at 818.880.0358.

Things To Do
The main hiking trail is steep and winds up one mile from the park entrance at Jefferson Blvd. and down from the Scenic Overlook.  The trail zig zags around a very steep and straight staircase visitors can also access.  An easy loop trail crowns the 58 acre park.  Seasonal displays of native wildflowers, bird and wildlife viewing, picnicking and opportunities for kids and families to connect with the park's natural and cultural heritage are here for visitors to experience.  People can enjoy the scents of nature, recreate, learn about the natural and cultural heritage of Los Angeles and be inspired by the view.


The park's main entrance is at 6300 Hetzler Rd. in Culver City off of Jefferson Blvd. The park is accessible via the 10 and 405 freeways.  Parking is available at the top of the hill near the visitor center for $2/hour or $6/day.


All facilities are accessible.

Park Activities
Free guided interpretive programs and public events are offered at the park by California State Parks staff  and volunteers.  Click on the tab Interpretive activities at the top of this page on the right.

Please Remember
Alcohol is not allowed
Dogs are not allowed

Hiking Tips:   
Stay Hydrated
Stay on the trail
Do not leave valuables in the car and especially in plain sight.
                      Everything in the park is protected; please don't take home any souvenirs.

Also visit the California State Parks website and view your many California State Parks in the Angeles District and across the state.

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Native Plants of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook