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McGee Cr - Convict Creek 7/2-7/6

Postby Wandering Daisy » Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:08 pm

July 2- TH to Big McGee Lake. Rain, breezy, cleared in afternoon, mosquitoes 1-2mostly at dusk and dawn.
July 3- Big McGee Lake, over Corridoor Pass, breezy- 1-2. Only a few to no mosquitoes in Convict Creek headwaters, even when calm and overcast, except at specific creek crossings, where it was about a 2.
July 4- no mosquitoes- rained nearly all day
July 5- back to Big McGee Lake- side trip to Little McGee Lk ( none to 1). Only bad part was going up from the lower meadow to Golden Lake. And that was not a mosquito problem - TONS of swarming flies!
July 6- Golden Lake to Steelhead Lake and out - very few mosquitoes, but a 2-3 for flies.

In general I was very surprised at the few mosquitoes because McGee Creek is known to be buggy. Upper Convict (Constance Lake, Bighorn Lake -Dorothy Lake, Lake Genevive, Cloverleaf Lake, seem to have drier conditions - likely because of sandy/ash type soils with very good drainage. Bugs only in limited areas where there are meadows. I did not go to Mildred Lake, but looking down at this lake, it may have more mosquitoes, being in a sunken valley and at a lower elevation and with the extensive meadows.

Not sure if mosquitoes are done with, or I just lucked out before or between hatches.
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Little Lakes Valley 7/3-7/5

Postby ianrb » Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:29 pm

Spent 4th of July weekend up at Little Lakes Valley and near Mono Pass.

July 3rd - Day hike through little lakes valley - 1/2 no too much of a mosquito presence

July 4th - Hike to ruby lake and up mono pass. 2 at ruby lake, 3/4 at summit lake on top of the pass

July 5th - Hiked out from ruby lake, 2

Went better than I expected, except for the scarily close lightening at night
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Lamarck Lakes Area

Postby starankle hiker » Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:27 am

July 3rd Lower Lamarck 3-4
July 4th Wonder lakes 4
July 5th Upper Lamarck 3
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Lamarck Lakes

Postby astrogerly » Fri Jul 10, 2015 11:04 am

July 3rd

Upper and Lower Lamarck Lakes: 2ish
Went swimming in both lakes. Saw a few skeeters and heard them buzzing, but never were bothersome. The skeeters were actually worse at the parking lot when we were done swimming and hiking (around 4:30pm).
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Moonlight Lake

Postby astrogerly » Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:21 pm

July 11-12th

Trailhead to Blue Lake: 1... maybe. Saw more illegal campers than skeeters
Blue Lake to Dingleberry Lake: 1-2 not bad, just saw a few buzzing
Dingleberry Lake to Moonlight Lake: 2ish

Honestly, they didn't bother me too much. We saw quite a few at dusk (the rare times we weren't in the tent due to hail), but none touched me (a rare thing... skeeters love my blood). My boyfriend got a few bites, but nothing bad. They weren't too bad on the hike out either... just buzzing, not biting.
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Re: 2015 Mosquito Reports

Postby KevinDo » Mon Jul 13, 2015 4:24 pm

7/11-7/12
Cherry Lake --> Lake Eleanor --> Kibbie Ridge --> Kibbie Lake --> Cherry Lake

1!
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Re: 2015 Mosquito Reports

Postby ToothlessMountaineer » Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:34 pm

A bit belated but over the long 4th weekend (7/3-7/6) out Piute Pass:
7/3 and 7/6 AM, east of Piute Pass: 1
7/3 PM to 7/6 AM, Lower Desolation Lake: 2-3
7/4-7/5, above Lower Desolation: 1-2
I was wearing an old but possibly still working Ex Officio permethrin-impregnated shirt.

20 Lakes Basin
7/11-7/12: 2

I finally brought a headnet out on these last two weekends, don't know how or why I suffered without one on so many other trips.
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July 9th-13th south lake, Bishop Pass, Dusy Basin, Muir Pass

Postby Buford » Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:51 pm

July 9th-13th South Lake to Muir Pass out and back

July 9th-12th
0 from South Lake through Dusy Basin to Muir pass. The snow storm and freeze after might have been the reason.


July 12-13th, 3 on the way out near Long Lake and Chocolate Lakes
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Re: 2015 Mosquito Reports

Postby kpeter » Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:25 pm

July 12-13-14 Agnew Meadows via High Trail to Thousand Island Lake, out via Garnet and River Trail

High Trail and Thousand Island Lake--1. There were a few mosquitos at dusk at Thousand Island, but not aggressive.
Garnet--passed through at noon and did not encounter insect life.
River Trail--2. Annoying flies were prolific in spots, and mosquitoes in a few of the wetter patches on the river trail, even in the afternoon.
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Re: 2015 Mosquito Reports

Postby AaronRDavis » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:22 pm

Blackcap Basin 7/11-14

1 in most areas, maybe a 2 down near the meadows.
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July 12-14 Desolation Wilderness; Lake Aloha, Gilmore Lake

Postby Wezzle » Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:32 am

7/12 - Echo Lakes water taxi drop-off to Gilmore Lake.
Only noticed a few if we stopped in meadows. Gilmore Lake was 2-3 at the campsite, 1 at the lake shore. We basically just stayed by the lake shore until it was time for bed. I had permethrin treated clothes and did just fine. Other fellers got a few bites each in the campsite.

7/13 - Gilmore Lake to Lake Aloha.
1-2 overall. Rocky terrain and a regular breeze probably helped but mosquitoes weren't really a problem here.

7/14 - Lake Aloha to Echo Lakes water taxi.
1 in general, 2 in meadows. I rolled up my pant legs for the hike so ended up with one bite on my calf.
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Lakes Trail/Moose Lake/Alta Meadow

Postby cslaght » Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:39 am

July 16-18, Moose Lake loop via Lakes trail on the way up and Alta Meadow for the way back. Mostly 1, with Thursday night at Moose on a light 2. 6-10 bites total, no real complaints. Aphids were a little more of a nuisance than anything. With a slight breeze picking up, it was a comfortable 0-1.
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