Los Angeles is known for it’s amazing hiking trails within the city. The trouble is, most times you have to deal with an influx of people when frequenting these trails, but I’ve found a place that is just as great but is more tranquil. Between the Baldwin Hills Mountains and Culver City lies Kenneth Hahn State Park. An urban oasis as it is often called is an absolutely unforgettable experience.
What I’m going to do is convince you as to why you should go no matter where you are in Los Angeles. If you live in LA the first thing I’m going to tell you is going to blow your mind. Reason being is because if you live in the Greater Los Angeles Area, you know that one of the biggest headaches is trying to find parking. This is definitely not the case with Kenneth Hahn as it has one of the biggest number of parking lots on multiple sides of the location. Here are a few things you will be excited to be aware of before you make your visit.
Loads of Parking
As mentioned before, this place has an abundant amount of parking that is free of charge Monday through Friday. It’s $6.00 for the entire day on the weekend and only $12.00 if you have an RV or trailer. Even on its busiest days, I’ve never not been able to find a parking space. Like I said, you may be passing out right now if you live in Los Angeles, but I encourage you to see for yourself.
Multiple Hiking Trails
In most cases and in other places, everyone seems to all be on one or two trails which can make it super crowded. If you’re going to get some down time, the last thing you would like to do is be surrounded by a million people. Even on the busiest of days, which is usually the weekend, you can find a trail all to yourself.
A Japanese Garden
This is by far the most elegant part of the area. On the LaCienega Boulevard, bottom side of the park lies a Japanese garden with a pond that’s filled with lily pads and wildlife. Right next to it is a beautiful waterfall that is surrounded by a creative rock mountain like sculpture. It’s amazing because this is a place where you can meditate, workout or just plain relax. On the hottest days when you’ve got to drink a lot of water, fear not, the bathrooms are less than 100 feet away. You will absolutely fall in love.
The “Bowl Shaped” Park
At the summit of the mountains lies a park that covers multiple acres. It’s filled with Oak trees and open green. For a while there, I was going every week to sit under a tree and read my favorite book. I often found myself being so relaxed, I would doze off. There’s no hike within the city that you can experience this kind of peace. You owe it to yourself! Oh, and bring your favorite book or magazine also.
Ultimately, this is why you visit hiking trails, for the views. This one is no different. When you reach a cabana at the top called Christine’s Point, you can see the pacific ocean. If you turn around 180 degrees, you can see one of the most beautiful sights of LA. If you’re physically unable to hike to the top, no worries, there’s a road on the La Brea Street side that can take you right up to the summit. These views are something truly magical. They make you realize why you decided to move and live in the City of Angels.
At the end of the day, Kenneth Hahn State park has it all. If you need to get away or you just want to break a sweat, this park has that and then some. Even if you want to find a place to relax, it doesn’t get any better than this. Another great aspect of the venue is that it’s centrally located. Culver City is only about 20-30 minutes away from all of Los Angeles’ major areas. So traffic is a non factor in this case, which is rare in Southern California. It’s safe to say, I think you’re ready to not only experience but to also enjoy this gem of a trail. Whether you’re going by yourself or with a group of friends, you won’t be disappointed.