The stair climb to the top of the overlook is a heart-throbber sure to get anyone in shape.
The trails at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook offer a casual stroll while toning muscles and burning calories.
Hetzler Rd. is a great workout whether on foot or bike; the incline offers a great cardio challenge while engaging the entire lower body.
Photos by Brian W. Carter
Get-in-shape season is in full gear and many are trying to get beach-body-ready for the Summer. Now, you may have acquired a workout strategy or diet plan already… but just in case you’re still looking to get started, here’s one suggestion…the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (BHSO).
This is the perfect place for workout enthusiasts of all levels from beginner to pro. The BHSO offers a variety of terrain that will help you tone and shed the fat. The 58-acre park, which is also native habitat for wild flowers, birds and small animals, offers a variety of walking trails with varying degrees of difficulty.
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 the 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 waits at the top… 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 BHSO is a guilty pleasure because it provides a good workout with 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 take a stroll.
So if you’re looking to get in shape in a fun and engaging way… try the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook.
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=2279