From Fort Collins go north on Highway 287 to “Ted’s Place” and turn west onto Highway 14. Follow Highway 14 for 62 miles over the top of Cameron Pass. Turn left off Highway 14 at the sign for Lake Agnes and American Lakes. This turn off is 2 miles west from the top of Cameron Pass. This left turn is well marked. Once you've dropped into the valley, you'll need to stop at a fee station. Day use fees for Colorado State Forest are $5.00 per vehicle. Proceed up the road, staying left. In less than a mile you’ll run into a gate and the parking area at the trailhead.