Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

 COVID-19 Guidelines - (June 21, 2021)

Recreate Responsibly
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:

  • Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
  • Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
  • Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at
  • Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
    • Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings. For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
    • Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.
  • Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place.

What is Open Now?

  • Trails.
  • Limited parking is available to the public

What is Closed?

  • Visitor Center.

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

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 call the Visitor Center at: 310.558.5566.

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.

Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

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