I live perhaps half a mile - maybe less! I will clock it - from a front line of the Sacramento Mountains.
My apartment is oriented north-south, and I'm near the easternmost edge of town, and whether I look out my front window or back window, I see the mountains right there, so very close.
Some days the mountains disappear.
Could be dust or snow or fog. It's uncanny.
The other day, I took the video below going east on Indian Wells to show how a dust-wind can completely obscure the Sacramento Mountains. You're looking right at the mountains in this video - but you can't see them, not til about 1:24.
Below is a video of the exact same route on a clear day. Mountains!