Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook
6300 Hetzler Rd
Climb the Death Stairs for a Panoramic ViewThe mythology behind these stairs can only be understood after undertaking the challenge yourself. One hiker said he still sees these steps in his nightmares, and just after a few yards, you'll understand why.
While the climb seems rather short, each step is at least a whopping two-foot leap, causing you to have to push and push to make it just a short distance. Your legs will thank you. Your butt will transform. However, just when you feel like you've found a stride, the stairs maddeningly change distances. "Oh, you think you've got a rhythm?" They mock. "Try dancing up this!" Suddenly you're trying to climb a Jenga tower, blocks pushed in and out this way and that.
The view at the top is worth it. It's easy to drive up Griffith and get a view looking Southward. In Culver City you're able to look North, East and even out to the ocean Westward. It's a view that goes mostly unseen by locals and tourists alike, but the panorama is breathtaking (or wait... maybe that was the stairs).