2015 Mosquito Reports

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Re: 2015 Mosquito Reports

Post by RichardCullip » Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:35 pm

Horseshoe Meadow Campground (10,00ft) 6/29 - 0

No mosquitos seen (afternoon, evening and next morning). My original plan was to hike into the Cottonwood Lakes Basin for the golden trout opener (July 1st) but I had to abort my trip due to a very sore left hip/lower back so I can't report on the conditions up at the lakes. Bummer.


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Re: 2015 Mosquito Reports

Post by schmalz » Tue Jun 30, 2015 3:50 pm

RichardCullip wrote:Horseshoe Meadow Campground (10,00ft) 6/29 - 0

No mosquitos seen (afternoon, evening and next morning). My original plan was to hike into the Cottonwood Lakes Basin for the golden trout opener (July 1st) but I had to abort my trip due to a very sore left hip/lower back so I can't report on the conditions up at the lakes. Bummer.
Bummer. I would have loved an update on that area. I expect it's pretty bad.
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Desolation Wilderness 6/20-6/24

Post by RaiderFanMan » Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:08 pm

Desolation Wilderness - 6/20 - 6/24

Lake Schmidell - 3 Persistent during the day and at dusk/dawn

Lake Lois - 2 Mild nuisance at dusk/dawn

Heather Lake - 2 Mild nuisance at dusk/dawn

Lake Aloha -2/3 Pesky at dawn/dusk and when no breeze during the day

Used mosquito coils and tried out a handheld size Thermacell device. Thermacell seemed to work effectively but expensive over time to resupply.
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Hoover Wilderness

Post by Oubliet » Wed Jul 01, 2015 2:48 pm

June 22- 28, 2015.

Backpacked from Leàvitt Mdws up to Dorothy Pass and over to Tower Lake, upper and lower Paiute Mdws.

Mosquitoes generally 3 and 4 at the high elevations. Lakes Stella, Dorothy were 3. Chain of Lakes was 4.

Maybe a 2 at Roosevelt Lake.

Tower Lake is a 5 unless you can find a breeze. Headnet a must. 30% deet not terribly effective for me. 100% deet more effective for friends.

Recommend long pants and sleeves. Mozzies were so bad that hiding in your tent after an early dinner was the only relief.

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20 Lakes Basin June 25-28, 2015

Post by gary c. » Wed Jul 01, 2015 10:47 pm

Spent 4 days and three nights in the 20 Lakes Basin. Camped at Cascade Lake all three nights. We assumed the skeeters would be terrible and went prepared with LOTS of bug juice. They were not near as bad as I expected. Bullfrog skeeter repellent was enough to keep them off of me and both my grand sons. One of the women that went in our group still got bit using DEET. I would say that it was a firm #3 overall for the entire time.
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Re: 2015 Mosquito Reports

Post by genetastic » Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:22 pm

Eastern Sierra - loop out of Horseshoe Meadow: Long Lake, Lower Soldier Lake, and Chicken Spring Lake; June 29th to July 3rd

Mosquito level = 1

You had to look real hard to find any mosquitoes, and the few I saw didn't have an appetite. Didn't have to break out the DEET. Didn't get a single view.

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Circle of Solitude 6/26-7/1

Post by joshuacourter » Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:40 am

6/26 to 7/1

Primarily did the Circle of Solitude. Mosquitoes were most active from 8,000 to 10,000 feet. Roaring River station for example was fine with an occasional bug. Gallets Lake, Colby Lake, Lake 10,640 were bad.

General portion of the trip From Lake 10,640 to Kern River to Colby Pass to Roaring River to Avalanche Pass and down to Roads end we just kept moving when possible. Mosquitoes are hungry. Again the Roaring River station was fine.


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TM Meadow, Elizabeth, Echo, Matthes Lake 7/2-7/4

Post by rpickell » Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:53 pm

Tuolumne Meadows Area 7/2-7/4

7/2 - Elizabeth Lake TH cross country to Mathes Lake and Echo Lake - Started a 0-1 at the TH, hit 2-3 at times in wetter areas
7/3 - Echo Lake - 1-2 all day
Echo Lake to Tuolumne Meadows - 2 consistently until 1 mile from Tuolumne where it was 0-1
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Cottwood Lakes-Miter Basin 6/29-7/4

Post by thegib » Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:36 am

Cottonwood Pass to headwaters of Perrin Creek to Crabtree lakes, pass, and through Miter basin June 29-July 4th. Expected hellacious bugs. They didn't show. No deet. No bites.
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humphreys basin/piute/puppet/royce/french canyon 6/29-7/5

Post by DavePloessel » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:51 pm

6/29 n lake to piute pass: 3 down low, 1 above 10000 feet
6/30 humphreys basin: 1-2
7/1 puppet pass/lake/surrounds: 3, with periods of 1 when it rained
7/2 royce lakes and surrounds: 0-1
7/3 french canyon: 0. Glorious, glorious, lay out in the sun for hours and not see a single 'skeeter 0. Piute canyon up to lower honeymoon:3 to a multiple bug inhaling 4.
7/4 upper reaches of piute canyon/golden trout lakes/muriel area: 0-1 (windy)
7/5 muriel to piute pass and most of piute pass trail: 0. Lower trail near n lake: 1

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