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Lake: Lake John
Lake John Resort, Walden Colorado, Cabins and RV


Post By: SirGreg88      Posted: 4/2/2024 5:28:06 PM     Points: 384    
Anybody make the trek over Berthoud Pass on to Walden recently?. I was thinking about trying some last minute ice fishing in North Park. The last time I made the trek there were some real bad potholes from the top of Berthoud all the way to Walden. It wasn't the usual relaxing drive. Had to go pretty slow and keep good concentration all the way on in. Any info would be helpful.
 Reply by: Blabls      Posted: Apr. 2, 9:35:29 PM     Points: 3
They repaved berthoud to winter park at the end of last summer, so you're good that far. I think there's a few potholes to watch for between fraser and granby.
 Reply by: Fishlips      Posted: Apr. 3, 6:37:39 AM     Points: 64
is there even any safe ice up there?
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Apr. 3, 8:02:20 AM     Points: 384
Thanks for the intel. I had to stay very alert last spring to avoid some big uns---all the way in from the top of Berthoud. Funny return trip. Despite wearing long pants and sleeves, I was chewed by skeeters over my entire hands, face and throat in no time. Literally ran back to the car. A ton of them got in my car when I got out to go fishing and even more when I got back in. Drove at higher than recommended speed with all my windows down for a few miles when I had to apply calamine all over my face, throat and hands twice. I forgot about it when I gassed up in Winter Park. Lots of people seemed friendlier than usual. Big smiles all around. Thought the chicks were interested in me. Then I looked in the mirror!!

And yes I do believe the ice is still thick up there. Check out the North Park Anglers fishing report. Seems just like 11 Mile. Late ice-off with 16 inches still. Likely spooky now with slush and standing water on top. Just be careful. My 2 cents .
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Apr. 3, 8:28:04 AM     Points: 384
Almost forgot. Heres some intel. There is a Shell station just past Winter Park on the west side of the road that has premium gas with no ethanol. My cherry, low mile 03 Buick Century's love that stuff. The difference is very noticeable. I always fill it to the brim heading up and on the way home.
 Reply by: hunter creek      Posted: Apr. 3, 9:27:17 AM     Points: 4095
The skeeters at John are legendary, or at least infamous. I've been chewed up there a time or two myself. They are agressive little buggers.
 Reply by: ronco      Posted: Apr. 3, 11:02:33 AM     Points: 114
SirGreg88, here's a list of stations in Colorado with pure gas/ethanol free gas.
Most Murphy and Maverick stations have ethanol free gas. I don't see the one listed for Winter Park, so you can add it to their list.
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 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Apr. 3, 12:54:21 PM     Points: 384
Thanks. I hardly ever find those stations!!!
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Apr. 5, 4:20:32 PM     Points: 384
Just got back. There are some pretty bad ones from Winter Park ski area down to Granby. Stay alert from Granby to Walden. There are good stretches thru there but some are bad enough to end your trip.
 Reply by: El Jefe      Posted: Apr. 6, 9:16:28 AM     Points: 336
Just an FYI,

The Conoco just before entry into Grand Lake also caries ethanol free gas.
Not cheap, but they have it.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: Apr. 8, 4:27:28 PM     Points: 384
Thanks for the info. Didn't realize there were that many places with ethanol free. Ethanol requires more energy to produce than its worth--worse for environment--not to mention worse mileage............BAD BAD..........

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