Run the Culver City Stairs

Culver City Stairs

This is a killer cardio workout in a beautiful outdoor setting.282 uneven stairs that will make your knees shake.The views from the top at sunset are awesome.

The Culver City Stairs are an outdoor staircase designed into the trails leading up to the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. This particular staircase is uniquely constructed to blend into the landscape and is comprised of 282 uneven stairs. The stairs vary in height from 3 inches to nearly 2 ft...so if you're a little shaky, be sure to take your time. The people working out here are courteous and polite, so don't worry about rushing. There is also a winding trail that you can take to the top. It's also a nice way to add a little variety to your stair workout.

The parking at the bottom of the stairs along Jefferson Blvd. is free, and there's plenty of space. It can get hot, so we advise going in the early morning or evening. Tip: Arrive about an hour prior to sunset and take in a stunning post-workout view.

Pack List

  • Sunblock
  • Water
  • Good running shoes
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Activities Running, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Easy Parking
Scenic

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Great view, Lots of People

If you're not one for crowds, you probably won't want to bother with this hike. Parking is usually pretty easy on Jefferson Blvd, there's bathrooms at the pavilion at the top of the hill, and it's well located within the city... so 5 stars for all of that. The 3 stars is because there are always tons of people climbing the stairs - you constantly have to wait for people to pass, avoid children or people casually strolling (if you're doing a workout or a hike), and the stairs are relatively short. You can be at the top pretty quickly. It's definitely a great workout if you want to go up and down several times, but you'll definitely be dodging people on your way.

Options!

You can get an intense cardio session going straight up the stairs. Unbeatable panoramic views of the ocean and DTLA and snowy mountains behind it. Great area on top to rest up before heading back down to redo. For a lighter fare, try the switchback trails to the same endpoint. Very easy. Top of the overlook has a nature center if you're curious about the history and nature of the area. Weekend tends to be busy.

Get Outdoors!

This is an amazing way to get a little hike and a great outdoor workout in the heart of Culver City. Fantastic views, but often crowded.


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