Lake Agnes is one of the most popular destinations in Cameron Pass and it’s pretty challenging if you come on cross country skis, but high-alpine lakes are always a must, in my book. And you can hardly get closer to the crags, which is one of the most prominent and majestic features of the Cameron Pass area.
My Rating: 3 Stars. For hiking or snow-shoeing, this is probably a 5 star trail, but on cross country skis, beginners will find it intimidating. If you’re going to ski it and have a touring set-up, bring that instead of your cross country skis for this one. One of us had a xc set-up and one a touring set-up for this trail. One of us had a lot more fun than the other…..
Total Length: about 5 miles round trip. In the summer, the trail is only .8 miles long. You can also reach Lake Agnes from Michigan Ditch, which is a very easy service road. It goes 6.5 miles one way and ends just below Lake Agnes.
Duration: 2.5 – 6 hours from the Crags TH. Plan on a long day if you want to get to Agnes from Michigan Ditch.
Difficulty: Difficult on xc skis, moderate for touring skis or snow shoes.
Directions / Location: About two hours from Fort Collins up highway 14. In the Winter, park at the Crags TH which is clearly marked on the road. In Winter, the TH is shared with the very popular American Lakes trail. Here is the Colorado State Parks map and Winter trail guide.
Regulations: Dogs must be on a 6′ leash at all times. No motorized vehicles. You can reserve the Crags cabin (check out the CO State Parks Winter Guide) but otherwise, no camping, no fires.
Fees: $7 /day at the TH or a $70 annual Colorado State Park Pass. Camping and other fees on the Colorado State Park State Forest site
Trail Use: Heavy. This is a very popular trail. In the Winter, you’ll see some people, but you probably won’t have a crowd.
Activities: Hiking, Skiing, snow shoeing, fishing, camping, yurting.