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Emigrant Wilderness, Crabtree TH 5/23-5/26

Postby tomba » Thu May 28, 2015 9:29 pm

Route: Crabtree TH, Camp Lk, Piute Meadow, XC to Groundhog Meadow, Rosasco Lk, Hyatt Lk, Pingree Lk, Kole Lk, Coyote Lk, Karls Lk, Leighton Lk, Red Can Lk, Wood Lk, Buck Lks, at small lakes at trail crest cut off to Long Lk outlet, Middle and South Wire Lks, Toejam Lk, Granite Lk, Bear Lk, Camp Lk, Crabtree TH.

Mosquitoes: zero (that wold be 1 on the scale; the scale should start at 0 instead of 1), except the last day after the wilderness sign, a few landed and bit behind the knee. After putting long pant legs I didn’t see any more of them. No wind most of the time.
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Laurel Lake - Tilden Lake - Hetch Hetchy

Postby PackratAmongGiants » Fri May 29, 2015 7:28 am

1 - Beehive Meadow, Laurel Lake 5/24-5/25. Cold and wet after three days of rain.

1 - Moraine Ridge, Jack Main Canyon, Falls Creek 5/25-5/26. Cool and sunny with lots of water on the trail.

1 - Tilden Lake 5/26-5/27. Cool and sunny with patchy snow.

2 - Tiltill Valley 5/27-5/28. Sunny and wet.

3 - Slot canyon south of Tiltill, heading for Rancheria 5/28.

1 - Hetch Hetchy (Rancheria-Wapama-Dam) 5/28.

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Re: 2015 Mosquito Reports

Postby maverick » Fri May 29, 2015 10:14 am

Hi PAG,

Welcome to HST! Thank you for the mosquito report. :thumbsup:
If you get the time, an intro would be appreciated here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=9329
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Re: Emigrant Wilderness, Crabtree TH 5/23-5/26

Postby MountainMinstrel » Fri May 29, 2015 9:37 pm

tomba wrote:Route: Crabtree TH, Camp Lk, Piute Meadow, XC to Groundhog Meadow, Rosasco Lk, Hyatt Lk, Pingree Lk, Kole Lk, Coyote Lk, Karls Lk, Leighton Lk, Red Can Lk, Wood Lk, Buck Lks, at small lakes at trail crest cut off to Long Lk outlet, Middle and South Wire Lks, Toejam Lk, Granite Lk, Bear Lk, Camp Lk, Crabtree TH.

Mosquitoes: zero (that wold be 1 on the scale; the scale should start at 0 instead of 1), except the last day after the wilderness sign, a few landed and bit behind the knee. After putting long pant legs I didn’t see any more of them. No wind most of the time.


What a difference a few days makes. I day hiked out to Bear lake today 5/29 and while there was nothing on the main trail, the spur trail between Camp and Bear was at least a 3 and looked like it would be getting much worse in the next few weeks.
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Tahoe NF - Dardanelles Lake

Postby dkramalc » Sat May 30, 2015 10:30 pm

Just returned from 3 days out, going from Big Meadow Trailhead on hwy 50 to Dardanelles Lake.

5/28 - mostly 1
plenty of mosquitoes in spots, but not all that interested in biting except one spot on trail

5/29 - 2
many more in number at the lake this day, but not all that interested in biting - many more at dawn and dusk.

5/30 - 1
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Re: 2015 Mosquito Reports

Postby Mtnfly75 » Sun May 31, 2015 8:51 pm

Kearsarge to Glen Pass. Just got out today. Didn't see one dirty sucker. God bless the USA on that one!!!!
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Re: Emigrant Wilderness, Crabtree TH 5/23-5/26

Postby calipidder » Sun May 31, 2015 9:05 pm

MountainMinstrel wrote:
tomba wrote:Route: Crabtree TH, Camp Lk, Piute Meadow, XC to Groundhog Meadow, Rosasco Lk, Hyatt Lk, Pingree Lk, Kole Lk, Coyote Lk, Karls Lk, Leighton Lk, Red Can Lk, Wood Lk, Buck Lks, at small lakes at trail crest cut off to Long Lk outlet, Middle and South Wire Lks, Toejam Lk, Granite Lk, Bear Lk, Camp Lk, Crabtree TH.

Mosquitoes: zero (that wold be 1 on the scale; the scale should start at 0 instead of 1), except the last day after the wilderness sign, a few landed and bit behind the knee. After putting long pant legs I didn’t see any more of them. No wind most of the time.


What a difference a few days makes. I day hiked out to Bear lake today 5/29 and while there was nothing on the main trail, the spur trail between Camp and Bear was at least a 3 and looked like it would be getting much worse in the next few weeks.


Same here! We just did Crabtree -> Pine Valley -> West Fork Cherry Creek -> Back via Camp Lake and they were a solid 4 with a good hour of 5 at camp last night, and we even moved up away from the marshy areas and stayed high above Cherry Creek. It felt much more like mid July out there than late may.
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Lyell Fork (Tuolumne Meadows) 5/31/15

Postby PackratAmongGiants » Sun May 31, 2015 10:28 pm

0/1 - Lyell (Tuolumne Meadows) out-and-back 5/31/15. Warm and breezy, with some standing water on the trail.
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Re: 2015 Mosquito Reports

Postby ExploreABitMore » Mon Jun 01, 2015 8:37 am

This reports isn't about Mosquitos, but my wife and I went up Trailmaster just North of Cottonwood Pass. Most of the area above 11,000 feet was very buggy. Millions of little guys were all over Trailmaster Peak, swarming around. Not real annoying, but they were definitely "in your face" a little, getting inside open water bottles, etc. Lots of Lady Bugs too and all other sorts of bugs. Never seen so many bugs, especially staring up higher like that above the greenery.

I definitely wouldn't avoid the area, but just thought I would mention it in case they're not at their peak yet.
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Re: 2015 Mosquito Reports

Postby SSSdave » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:42 pm

0.0 May 23-25, no mosquitoes where I ventured in Lassen Volcanic NP at 5.5k to 7.5k though expect squeets are now making an appearance. TS's each day but relatively dry in most landscapes except below snowline.

http://www.davidsenesac.com/Spring_2015 ... 015-1.html
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Re: 2015 Mosquito Reports

Postby Snowtrout » Mon Jun 01, 2015 12:43 pm

Lillian Lake Loop May 30-31. Along the creeks and lakes=3 to 4. Along the trail=2. Bring and use bug spray and a head net if visiting this area unless you like giving blood.

Large flying black ants were also out. Large black ants also liked to bite the soft part of our dogs paws. See my TR for more info.
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Re: 2015 Mosquito Reports

Postby mschnaidt » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:24 pm

May 29-31

Meeks Creek - Crag Lake
1.5 - A few mosquitos but only two bites when the breeze fell.
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