The trails through Culver City Park and Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook are another one of my favorite places to visit after a long work day. The Culver City Park connects with Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook through a small trail making it really easy to take advantage of the benefits of both of the parks in one fell swoop.
Culver City Park is located at the intersection of Duquense Ave. and Jefferson Ave. in Culver City. It offers a lot of great pic-nic areas, a wonderful little dog park called "The Boneyard", some wall climbing activities, soccer and baseball fields and a lot of lovely views of downtown Culver City.
Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook is also located on Jefferson Ave. just east of the Culver City Park entrance. From the top of the peak you can take in some seriously breathtaking views, hike through a restored native habitat, and check out the visitor center that has an abundance of information on this area that was once oil drilling land. Whether you follow the trails, or fight your way up the infamous stairs, in the end, you'll experience some of the best views of Los Angeles Basin, the Pacific Ocean and all of the surrounding mountains and cityscapes.
If you choose to explore just the Baldwin Hills area, there is parking (which can be pretty competitive) along Jefferson close to where the trailhead begins. The trails are in great shape and as you wind your way up you'll eventually come to those stairs that I referred to before. If the stairs are too intimidating you can continue to wind your way up the trail to the top of the peak, or you can trek up the stairs and burn off some serious calories doing so.
I'm going to fill you in on my favorite trail route between Culver City Park and Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook that ends up being about 2.25 miles - I think this path offers the best of both parks - great views and a great workout.
To start, enter through the Culver City Park entrance and make your way to the first parking lot - it will be on your left. Once you park, head over to the trail head at the northern edge of the parking lot. This "trail" is more of a wooden walkway that winds you up to the middle section of the park - but it's a nice way to warm up for the rest of your hike. After you make it to the top you'll see some benches that look out over downtown Culver City.