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 66 miles until its end at State Route 138 at Mountain Top Junction.
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.