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Canyon Creek Lakes / Trinity Alps : June 14-17

Postby walter » Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:02 pm

1/2 - Mosquitoes were mostly absent except for the more swampy locations and sometimes at dawn/dusk.

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PCT Northern Yosemite 6/18-6/21

Postby venturefar » Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:37 am

On my trip through Northern Yosemite along the PCT 6/18-6/21 the mosquitoes varied between a 3 and 4. The Stubblefield/Thompson area seemed a little worse.
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Long Lake 6/12

Postby SierraMaclure » Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:57 am

June 12 Long Lake in Bishop Creek Basin: 1. MANY larvae in the water waiting to fly.
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Dinkey Lakes Wilderness 6/21-6/22

Postby Troutdog 59 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:54 pm

Dinkey Lakes Wilderness - 6/21 & 6/22. 1 to 3 depending upon location & time of day. Mostly àbout a 1, but pretty annoying in the morning at Rock Lake. Breeze came up each day and put em down in afternoon :) . I will say the area was really dry for this time of year, and I would expect the Skeets will drop off dramatically in short order.
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Re: 2014 Mosquito Reports

Postby ExploreABitMore » Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:08 pm

Mosquitos were pretty bad in Sabrina Basin once above Blue Lake this past weekend.
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Re: 2014 Mosquito Reports

Postby maverick » Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:16 pm

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Rodeo mead>Summit Lake>Thompson Lake 6/22-6/25

Postby shtinkypuppie » Thu Jun 26, 2014 3:21 am

Rodeo Meadow/Summit Lake/Thompson Lake (Sierra NF south of Florence Lake) 6/22: 2
Red Rock Basin (east of Thompson Pass) 6/23-6/25: 4
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Little Lakes Valley 6/22-6/24

Postby riverwalker » Thu Jun 26, 2014 12:54 pm

Little Lakes Valley 6/22-24
Treasure and Gem Lakes were a 3 but the wind kept the buggers at bay most of the time. They seemed to be getting worse as the days progressed.
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Desolation Wldrns (Blakely trail to Lk Schmiddell) 6/18 & 6

Postby Kent » Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:50 pm

The upper ~2/3 of the trail is about 3-4. They mostly let you walk through, but if you stop, they will immediately try to suck you dry!

The lake itself wasn't a problem at all.

Middle Velma Lk on M-Tu and again Th-F was a 2.
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North Lake>Piute Pass>Deso Lake 6/18-6/19

Postby DLBVenice » Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:51 pm

6/18 piute pass TH - 2, 3 at North Lake
6/19 Humphreys Basin - 2 to 3 below 10,500 or near water. 0-1 at higher elevations. None at Desolation Lk.
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Long Creek>Upper Merced>Granite Creek 6-15 to 6-26-14

Postby oldranger » Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:43 am

Long creek, upper Merced, granite creek 4-5, except when wind came up. I am sure we hit the peak and assume that over the next 2 weeks the skeeters will diminish to insignificance except in boggy areas.

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Jennie Lakes Wilderness, Seville, Lost, Ranger, Twin June 13

Postby richapple » Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:40 pm

Jennie Lakes Wilderness and very western Kings Canyon National Park, June 13 thru June 22, 2014

First to qualify: Whether it works or not (or what it works for - making one less attractive to the little devils, or causing any bites to itch less) we do take vitamin B1 before a trip and on a trip when it is Skeeter Season. Also, our repel method is to A. regret that "Repel" pulled its Lemon Eucalyptus cream lotion product off the market, and B. use Herbal Armor (which yes, when skeeters are bad may need reapplying every half hour). We don't/won't use DEET.

Also, my numbers attempt to reflect the little demons in a no-wind situation. Often we had a breeze that helped a lot. Even at Twin Lakes (worst of the trip) the wind helped a bit when it graced us with its rustling and wisps of wonderfully moving air off the lake.

June 13, Friday (temps at night running cool at high 30s)
Hiking to Weaver Lake not at all bad - 1
At Weaver Lake - 2

June 14, Saturday
Hiking to and thru Rowell Meadow area - 3
At dry camp beyond Rowell Meadow (up a ways on trail to Seville Lake) - 2

June 15, Sunday
Hiking to Seville Lake, plus day-hike to Sheep Lk closest to Lost Lk - 2
At Seville Lake - 2

June 16, Monday
Hiking to Lost Lake via trail - 2
At Lost Lake (camped out in open in "rock face" area by lake) - 2

June 17, Tuesday (temps had warmed some - darn)
Hiking to Ranger Lake - 2
At Ranger Lake - 3

June 18, Wednesday (temps still warmer and stay that way)
Day Hiking to Crescent Lake - (Beville Lk - 4, two lakes after Beville - 3 even on a high ridge looking down at both of them, Crescent Lk - 2)
At Ranger Lake - 3

June 19, Thursday
Hike to Twin Lakes - 2
At Twin Lakes (larger lake, smaller was even worse) - 4

June 20, Friday
Hike to Jennie Lake - 2
At Jennie Lake - 2 (but the "hyenas" were a full 5 - hyenas being the huge, organized group that clod-hopped into the area in the early evening and turned our and a few others' normal camps entire wilderness experience that night into some horrid worst-loudest-yappingly-clueless car-camping like vibe I've experienced in 40+ years of backpacking -- truly an odd bunch!)

June 21, Saturday
Day Hiking back to J.O. Pass and little lake north of pass that's not there now (escaping hyenas, who we then heard mouth-hiking by towards Rowell) - 2
At Jennie Lake - 2 (mostly quiet with the hyenas gone, and a camp visit from a yellow bellied sapsucker was most enjoyed)

June 22, Sunday
Hiking out... - 1
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