Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, located in Los Angeles, CA, is the largest state park in Southern California. The land for the park was donated to the State of California by Kenneth Hahn, then serving as Los Angeles County Supervisor (he had died in office several months earlier). It is named after him.
The area covers 401 acres and contains over 45 miles of hiking trails. It also contains the Japanese Garden, a traditional Japanese garden that is restored to its original design by Isamu Tanouye.
The area has two reservoirs: one is the Hahn Upper Lake and the other is named after Joseph N. Lastie, or "Joe's Lake". A picnic area sits nearby with an outdoor stone fireplace. The park has game animals, including mule deer, dove, quail, and wild turkey.
Hiking is the most popular way to enjoy Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. There are two entrances for hiking: one-off Fourth Street in Leimert Park or another entrance on Crenshaw Boulevard between Exposition Boulevard and Prairie Avenue near the Baldwin Hills area.
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Facilities:
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area contains a lodge, restrooms and showers at the entrance of Joe's Lake, picnic areas with outdoor fireplaces, group picnic areas (reservations required), and a visitor center. Picnic tables are available at many locations around the park.
There is an amphitheater located near the top of Baldwin Hills that is used for performances and other events.
The Japanese garden at Kenneth Hahn was built during the 1950s by the same Japanese landscape architect who designed Washington D.C.'s Japanese-American Friendship Gardens, Isamu Tanouye. His design was dedicated on the 2nd anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. It is maintained by a local group, Friends of Little Tokyo Garden, who are raising money to restore the garden's original ponds and waterfall.
The park also has equestrian trails (trailers available), picnic shelters (reservations required), and a small lake for fishing.
The most popular hiking trails include:
- A one-mile hike with a mostly downhill slant from the Upper Lake to the Lower Lake. The trail has a view of both lakes and ends at a beach.
- An easy three-mile hike that takes hikers downhill, across Joe's Lake, and up a hill to an overlook point.
- An uphill hike that begins on the east side of Crenshaw Boulevard across from the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook parking lot.
Other hiking spots include Joe's Lake, Hamburger Rock, Horse Trail Camp, Tokyo Road/Asama Way Loop, and Inspiration Point / Inspiration Peak.
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Details
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, or Kenneth Hahn Park, is a state park unit of California in the Baldwin Hills Mountains of Los Angeles. The park is managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation.
Address: 4100 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90056
Phone: (323) 298-3660
Area: 401 acres
Management: California State Parks