The Vandenberg range is about 115 miles west of here, and the mountaintop park on the west side of town makes an ideal place to watch them go. I could watch as the Space-X rocket ascended into the sunlight, then its first stage return to the base after separation.
First stage is that spot of light at 3:00
Oh, and my buddy Paul could see this launch from Phoenix, which is pretty cool.
I've led our hiking club at work since 1997, with members from all over Southern CA. I also volunteer with the Pacific Crest Trail Association as an Area Coordinator in LA County, and since 1998 maintain the local PCT as a member of the Southern California Trail Gorillas.