I have fished those Honholtz lakes on and off for 40 years.
Forget the scenic route. Too slow, too many curves, and you don't want to get behind some flatlander's Winnebago. Unless, you have unlimited time and want to eyeball the scenery. That gravel road in, off the Poudre, is not plowed during the winter, so you gotta be careful not to get back there too early in the spring. Sometimes, big drifts back there.
Go to Laramie, one hour, west to Woods Landing, 30 minutes, back south to the lakes, 30 minutes. 2 hours total.
You can NOT camp at the lake. Gotta go back to the spot where the river crosses the road you came in on. Maybe a mile, maybe a lil further. That camp ground is just a wide spot off the road. Primitive.
Lake #1 is now a dry hole. Occasionally fills up, but nothing in there. It's been a couple years since I was last there, so that might have changed. #2 is loaded with small stocker sized trout, easy to catch. Powerbait on a small treble hook is the ticket. Flies under a bubble. In the winter, great place to take kids or first-timers, cause the water is fairly clear and you can see lots and lots of trout under the hole.
I have fished #3 a few times. Predominantly brown trout. Flies and lures only. Kinda tempermental. You can fish it hard for days, get little or nothing, then, BAM!, it's a fish on every cast. Huh??
Suggestion: go in one way, come back home the other way.
Fun place to fish, especially if you have kids.
Dennis in Loveland