SR-2: Santa Monica Blvd / Glendale Freeway / Angeles Crest Highway

ca_2_smallSanta Monica Boulevard / Glendale Freeway / Angeles Crest Highway
Runs from SR-1 in Santa Monica to SR-138 at Mountain Top in San Bernardino County

See also: Beverly Hills Freeway

Route 2 is one of the more varied routes in the Los Angeles area. It starts its journey in Santa Monica at the junction of Lincoln Boulevard and the Santa Monica Freeway, follows Santa Monica Boulevard (old US 66) east to the Hollywood Freeway (US 101), joins the freeway for a couple of exits, then leaves it at Alvarado St. Route 2 changes to a more northerly course for the next 35 or so miles at this point.

Proceeding along Alvarado Street from US 101, then Glendale Boulevard, it gets onto the stub end of the Glendale Freeway. This freeway was planned to join with US 101 near Vermont Avenue but was never built. The Glendale Freeway is signed north/south, even though State 2 is overall considered an east/west route. At the north end of the Glendale Freeway, where it meets the Foothill Freeway (I-210), State 2 joins the freeway for about 1/2 mile until the Angeles Crest Highway exit. State 2 then follows the Angeles Crest Highway in an easterly direction for the next 60 miles until its end at State Route 138 at Mountain Top Junction.

Santa Monica Blvd

Mileage sign at the 405.
Mileage sign at the 405.
At Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills.
At Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills.
In West Hollywood.
In West Hollywood.
Sign at Highland Ave - Junction with SR-170.
Sign at Highland Ave – Junction with SR-170.
Former Pacific Electric siding near Las Palmas Ave
Former Pacific Electric siding near Las Palmas Ave

Alvarado St

Northbound near Glendale Blvd.
Northbound near Glendale Blvd.

Glendale Freeway

View of the missing railing on the closed southbound side of the Glendale Blvd UC.
View of the missing railing on the closed southbound side of the Glendale Blvd UC.
View from the southbound inside shoulder.
View from the southbound inside shoulder.
Northbound lanes of the freeway. This section of freeway is used in many movies. One such movie was "Bowfinger" with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy (the running across a freeway scene).
Northbound lanes of the freeway. This section of freeway is used in many movies. One such movie was “Bowfinger” with Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy (the running across a freeway scene).
Southbound traffic continues over Glendale Blvd then merges onto it. Northbound traffic takes the NB-2 onramp from Glendale Blvd.
Southbound traffic continues over Glendale Blvd then merges onto it. Northbound traffic takes the NB-2 onramp from Glendale Blvd.
Glendale Freeway just north of Mountain Avenue. Photo Courtesy - Ralph Ricketson
Glendale Freeway just north of Mountain Avenue. Photo Courtesy – Ralph Ricketson
Northern end of the Glendale Freeway.
Northern end of the Glendale Freeway.
End of the long ramps to Foothill Blvd.
End of the long ramps to Foothill Blvd.

Angeles Crest Highway

Angeles Crest Highway, a very scenic route through the Angeles National Forest, was constructed over a period of about 30 years. Construction began in the mid 1920’s on the segment near the Arroyo Seco leaving La Canada. The last segment to be completed, in 1959, is near the area known as Big Pines, where State 2 meets the Big Pines Highway.

La Canada Arch Bridge. Built in 1929 and widened in 1966.
La Canada Arch Bridge. Built in 1929 and widened in 1966.
Slide Canyon Bridge - Built 1929
Slide Canyon Bridge – Built 1929
New railing installed at the Slide Canyon bridge (53-63) replacing the 1920's railing.
New railing installed at the Slide Canyon bridge (53-63) replacing the 1929 railing.
Clear Creek Junction - Angeles Forest Highway junction
Clear Creek Junction – Angeles Forest Highway junction
Looking east toward Red Box Gap
Looking east toward Red Box Gap
Angeles Crest Highway east of Red Box Gap. View is towards Shortcut Saddle.
Angeles Crest Highway east of Red Box Gap. View is towards Shortcut Saddle.
At Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road.
At Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road.
Near Chilao Flat
Near Chilao Flat
Cloudburst Summit - This is a new sign in black/white. It replaced a green/white sign.
Cloudburst Summit – This is a new sign in black/white. It replaced a green/white sign.
Chain Control sign from 1958. Sign has been since covered but is still there, just west of Cloudburst Summit.
Chain Control sign from 1958. Sign has been since covered but is still there, just west of Cloudburst Summit.
Angeles Crest Tunnels - West Tunnel - Constructed 1941
Angeles Crest Tunnels – West Tunnel – Constructed 1941
Inside the west tunnel
Inside the west tunnel
Second tunnel.
Second tunnel.
Coming out of the last tunnel
Coming out of the last tunnel
Islip Saddle - Junction with Hwy 39
Islip Saddle – Junction with Hwy 39
Older sign, since replaced, at the junction with State 39. Sign may have pointed to Azusa and San Gabriel Canyon.
Older sign, since replaced, at the junction with State 39. Sign may have pointed to Azusa and San Gabriel Canyon.
Blue Ridge Saddle on the east end of the Crest.
Blue Ridge Saddle on the east end of the Crest.
Old elevation sign, just east of Blue Ridge Saddle.
Old elevation sign, just east of Blue Ridge Saddle.
Signage at the junction with Big Pines Highway and a rare Alternate sign.
Signage at the junction with Big Pines Highway (County N4) and a rare Alternate sign.
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