The Culver City Stairs challenges us to come and get our sweat on. I heard the call and I did- went and got my sweat on, that is. If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, let me elaborate. There are fitness buffs who seek outdoor stairs to do their cardio workout. If this seems strange, or is totally new to you, here’s why I personally did it. I’m sure you know how dreary it can be spending hours in a gym on a StairMaster, elliptical machine, or treadmill can be. The Culver City Stairs got me out into the fresh air and provided unique way to work up a sweat.
So what makes Culver City Stairs such a challenge? Well, it boasts a straight line of two hundred, eighty-two concrete steps with a vertical ascent of several hundred feet. I saw men and women of all ages, shapes and sizes running up the steps in leaps and bounds. At the top, after wobbly legs recovered and the panting stopped, they bolted back down.
These weren’t ordinary steps. They were deliberately created so there was no consistency in the height of the steps. They varied from three and half inches high to nearly twenty inches high, and the distance from one step to another was unpredictable. The irregular steps were made that way so while running, it would be very difficult for your body to get into a predictable, steady rhythm. The intent of this design was to enhance the cardiovascular workout for your body. Indeed It did!
I can attest that you will work up a sweat here. I knew I couldn’t keep up with the people who bounded pass me like Rocky Mountain Rams cavorting on a mountainside. But, I did mange to climbed a section of the stairs. And when I got to the summit my legs were wobbly, I huffed and puffed, and with hands triumphantly in the air- I felt like Rocky!
As I said, there’s a subculture of fitness enthusiasts constantly roaming the city from one set of public stairs to another. Believe me, hilly Los Angeles has plenty of stairways. For instance, think of The Music Box Stairs over in Silver Lake, named for the classic, 1932, Laurel and Hardy movie The Music Box. The movie was filmed on the steps and they haven’t changed a bit in all these years. Runners love the movie history.
Of course, if you’re not really into exercising you can drive to the top of the Culver City Stairs. There you’ll find the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. This just happens to be a California State Park. At the scenic overlook, you’ll have a magnificent sweeping view from the ocean to downtown Los Angeles and mountains beyond.
If you’d like to check out these steps, the address to the Culver City Stairs is 6300 Hetzler Street, Culver City, CA 90232. For information about the Culver City Stairs/Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook go to their website at http://www.parks.ca.gov.
By the way, there was a mile long trail for hiking. I hiked it. The trail switched back and forth laterally from to bottom to top. See the satellite image above.
Finally. Obviously, You’ll have your doctor check that you’re in good enough physical condition for the Culver City Stairs. You’ll definitely work up a sweat. Then you can lift your hands high in the air and do your Rocky dance. Oh yes-take your camera, because there was a heck of a view.
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