I think I've posted more pictures of the San Gabriel Mountains than anything else. The mountains are our "most dominant scenic assets."
Views of the mountains -- really good panoramic views -- are few and far between. Though the mountains loom a mile high behind us, it is hard to see or feel the full force of their presence. The built out city predominates.
But, if you're looking, there are mountain views to be had. Among the reasons I like East Pas are the many ground level mountain vistas that still remain. Victory Park has great views to the east. Neighboring cities have some great views too.
For this view, I travelled all the way to Arcadia. The view from Santa Anita is hard to beat.