Baldwin Hills Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Trails

Los Angeles, California 90048

Baldwin Hills Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Trails

Baldwin Hills: Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Trails Professional Guide

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"Following a well-maintained path to great city vistas, this accessible trail near Los Angeles International Airport is dotted with coastal sagebrush and prickly pear cactus. Immaculate picnic areas, several children’s playgrounds, and a lake stocked with catfish make this a nice place for an all-day family outing. It’s hard to believe that this pleasant, low-key trail was an active oil field in the first half of the twentieth century.

There are several picnic areas, children’s playgrounds, a basketball court, and a landscaped lake that is home to dozens of ducks and catfish. A few dozen oil pumps still operate in the weed-covered hills south of the park, but the state-funded Baldwin Hills Conservancy hopes to eliminate them eventually and expand the recreation area to about 1,200 acres from its current 370."

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Best Bike Rides Los Angeles (Falcon Guides)
Wayne D. Cottrell
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"The Baldwin Hills Hahn- wind is a 3.35-mile jaunt through Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in the Los Angeles community of Baldwin Hills. Although the ride is short, it offers a little bit of everything: fast descents, steep climbs, dirt trails—rough and smooth, paved paths, and even a few moguls. It is a choice ride for a beginning mountain biker who wants a few, but not too many, technical tests." Read more
Day Hiking Los Angeles (The Mountaineers Books)
Casey Schreiner
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"If you’re looking for a workout or just trying to get some stunning views of the L.A. basin after a winter storm clears the air, join the fitness-minded locals of Culver City on this unassuming staircase trek near Ballona Creek." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: West Los Angeles (Falcon Guides)
Bryn Fox Pitterle
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"See Los Angeles in a new light from atop the 500-foot peak at the new Baldwin Hills Overlook. After stopping at the state-of-the-art visitor center, wander through the fifty acres of restored natural habitats and enjoy the views, the picnic tables, and the workout." Read more
Los Angeles County: A Day Hiker's Guide (The Trailmaster)
John McKinney
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"From a distance, the Baldwin Hills appear to have little attraction for the hiker. Oil wells work on slopes that have been scarred by roads and bulldozers. But the oil is petering out, the hillsides are being ecologically rehabilitated, and parkland is being created. Located in the west-central part of Los Angeles, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area was named for the longtime Los Angeles County Supervisor and is operated by Los Angles County. The park encompasses the hills and canyons between La Brea and La Cienega Boulevards. The clean, well-kept, developed part of the park is no secret to nearby residents, who enjoy weekend picnics and barbecues on the expansive lawns. However, the park is completely unknown to most hikers, as well as to most everybody else in the Southland." Read more

Baldwin Hills: Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Trails Reviews

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12/31/2010
If you live on the West side, this is a great little hike to take people on who are new to the area. Visiting family, friends, new relocatees; you know the folks. If they're reasonably fit, they can do this. Support the Baldwin Hills Conservancy and pay for parking at the top at least once in awhile. It's only $3 and goes to a *really* great cause: keeping the park alive and helping it grow. Otherwise, park on La Cienega for free and get your sweat on by going straight up the stairs to the overlook. You can essentially see the ENTIRE LA basin - from the Hollywood hills to the North and Long Beach Port to the South and from the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica mountains to the West to downtown LA, the San Gabriels, and San Bernadino mountains to the East. It's truly spectacular and a great way to introduce those newbies to all the wonders of SoCal. The fact that it's so urban and often crowded with loud people are what keep it at three stars - but it's so easy to do and takes such a short amount of time that everyone who lives here should try it.
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Trail Information

Los Angeles
Nearby City
2
Distance
200 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1.25 hours
Duration
Year-round
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Dec 2018