The pass is a gap between the south end of the Medicine Bow Mountains and the north end of the Never Summer Mountains. The pass provides the most convenient route between Fort Collins and Walden in North Park traversing Poudre Canyon. The pass receives much snow during the winter months and is prone to avalanches, but it usually remains open all year.
Begin your ride in Rustic
Ride west up Poudre Canyon Road (SH 14) to Cameron Pass Summit--mile 27
Continue west and finish in Walden--mile 57
The pass has a mild approach from the east, and is steep from the west.
Walden, 30 miles to the northwest
Rustic, 27 miles to the northeast
In 1803, Larimer County and the Poudre Canyon were part of the large land purchase of the U.S. from the French, called the Louisiana Purchase.
La Poudre River’s name means “Hiding Place of Powder.” Legend has it, French fur trappers in the 1820’s were caught by a tremendous snowstorm. After the storm, trappers lightened their wagons to continue their journey. They dug pits and buried a large amount of gun powder, hence the name Cache La Poudre.
Cameron Pass, and the surrounding area, has a long history. It began in the 1500s through the 1700s when the French and Spanish explorers struggled for control of the region. In the early 1800s, trappers began to explore the area following the Poudre River from Fort Collins over Cameron Pass. One commodity was in high demand: beaver pelts. Cameron Pass was later named for Robert Cameron, the founder of the Fort Collins Agricultural Colony in the 1870s. The pass was surveyed several times for a railroad as a possible route for a line through the Rockies, however, no railroad was ever built over the pass.