I found a nice photospot off Glendora Ridge Road in the Inland Empire. I went around sunset and got some really good lighting in the background, but not direct sunlight so it was perfect. Check out below for the photos and directions to this place as well.
Glendora Mountain Road, aka GMR, is a hidden (although public) road in the Angeles National Forest. The road can be accessed through two points, Glendora which is the west tail of the road and Upland which is on the east side. These roads are very dangerous and I should say you must obey all traffic rules to and from the mountain. Cops have been known to patrol these areas very carefully. Make it safe and take some good photos. Get directions to Glendora Ridge Road.