Most likely the second latch just needs to be lubed. Of course, you need to get the hood open in order to do that!
Depending on the shape of your front grille, though, you may be able to get some penetrating oil or some kind of tool in to the latch mechanism (the lever you need to press is on the very front of the assembly).
Failing that, with the hood cracked open but still latched, you might be able to undo the bolts holding the hook to the hood with a slim ratchet or a wrench.
As a last resort, the front grille is held on with a series of plastic clips. You will almost certainly not be able to pull it off without breaking them (or the grille), but once it's off, you will have free access to the hood latch assembly.
On my grille (this is a 2000 Forester), there are four of these at the top, whose releases are tabs pressed down from above. There is one clip in the center and two at the bottom, to release all of which the grille should be firmly lifted up. They can then be popped out and snapped into the grille for reattachment.
This is what the assembly looks like from the front with the grille off. The top two are unlatched, and the bottom two should look like your situation, with the hook present.