By 9:30 a.m. we arrived at the road that led to Wrightwood, California Highway 2. It was evident right away that we would not get a quick hitch into town.
The highway was still closed for the season at higher elevations, but was open in the direction of town. Still, because it was closed only a couple miles in the other direction, there wasn’t much little traffic passing by the trailhead.
Soon after we arrived there, a couple hikers who arrived before us got a ride from a forest ranger.
There was no cell service available here, so there was no way to call for a ride. We had no choice but to sit by the side of the road and hope for a car to drive by.
After waiting about 15 minutes one car did drive by, but it didn’t stop. Another drove by about 15 minutes later, but again, that driver didn’t stop.
Two bicyclists also rode by. We stuck out our thumbs, but they weren’t willing to give us a lift either.