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2016 Mosquito Reports

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Desolation Wilderness - Glen Alpine to Lake Aloha, Aug 15-17

Postby wildhiker » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:22 pm

Hiked Glen Alpine TH to Gilmore Lake (camp), up to Dicks Pass and Mount Tallac, then over on the PCT to Lake Aloha (camp), then south on PCT to Triangle Lake trail and down that back to Glen Alpine TH. Elevations 6500 to 9700 feet. Mixture of open forest and open rocky alpine areas. Light breezes. Did not see a single mosquito! And only a few of those annoying flies.
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Pine Creek to Evolution 8/11-8/18

Postby cefire » Sat Aug 20, 2016 5:14 pm

Hiked from Pine Creek TH to Evolution meadows 8/11-8/18. Bugs started at around 9,000' and were at level 3. Most intense at the beginning of the trip around Honeymoon and Hutchinson Meadows where we used headnets and DEET. Later in the trip, simply an annoyance (level 2).
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Re: 2016 Mosquito Reports - Season Chart

Postby 3dpete » Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:26 am

First Post- Thanks to everyone posting here. I was having trouble putting all the posts in perspective so I decided to graph all the info. I used Google Earth to locate most of the elevations if not listed. If anything the graph shows a pretty clear trend, hope it helps everyone plan trips in the future.
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Re: 2016 Mosquito Reports - Season Chart

Postby Bruce B » Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:35 pm

3dpete wrote:First Post- Thanks to everyone posting here. I was having trouble putting all the posts in perspective so I decided to graph all the info. I used Google Earth to locate most of the elevations if not listed. If anything the graph shows a pretty clear trend, hope it helps everyone plan trips in the future.


Thanks for that graph, 3dpete. Pretty cool. It's nice to see a visual representation of why July is typically my Sierra off-season!
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South Lake to Treasure Lakes, 8/19 - 8/21

Postby Bruce B » Sun Aug 21, 2016 8:48 pm

Mosquitoes were a 1 the entire time.

First day at campground around 8,000 feet. Got a site away from the creek... No biting bugs.

Second day to lower and upper Treasure Lakes... One small mosquito buzzed around me after a brief rain shower at the lower lake. It seemed confused and unsure what to do, like he showed up to a party by himself but everyone had already left.

Third day on the hike down... A couple of biters landed on me as I stopped at the creek to filter water. There were no more for the rest of the day.
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Re: 2016 Mosquito Reports - Season Chart

Postby Randyhol » Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:34 pm

Very nicely done graph. I hate those bugs beyond words. Going out for 4 days western side starting Labor Day. Hope my report is zero seen. One is too many for me!
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Kearsarge to Whitney 8/18-8/25

Postby davepctjmt » Fri Aug 26, 2016 8:12 pm

0 nearly all the way except for a couple of mozzies at Wallace creek/ JMT junction but no bites. Vidette, Crabtree, bullfrog, Kearsarge, flower lake, all the potential hotspots were bug free.
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Pioneer Basin 8/24-8/29

Postby eoconnor101 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:36 pm

Mosquito Flats TH = 1
Hiking during the day all days = 0
Mono Creek (valley) = 1
Pioneer Basin = 1
Golden Lake = 1

Never really was bothered, seemed slow and lazy, ripe for the swatting if they were around.

By the way, i should have posted it back in July, but July 27-30 Maggie Lakes pretty much a zero the whole way. I feel it would be too out of order now. My theory was even though other areas were getting high activity, it was too low/far south to have held snow, I don't know if that's why there were none but that was my theory planning the trip. Long hike in/out though and not a ton of peaks/scenery like I prefer.
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Desolation Wilderness Rockbound Pass 9/23-25

Postby Wezzle » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:23 am

Twin Lakes trailhead lollipop loop to Rockbound Pass, Lake Doris, China Flat, Camper Flat, Lake Schmidell, Lake Lois.
0- Probably no surprise here but no mosquitoes the whole trip
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Re: 2016 Mosquito Reports

Postby punchcard » Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:01 pm

9/11-9/23 Crescent Meadow to Bear Paw to Elizabeth Pass to Avalanche Pass to Roads End to JMT via Bubbs Creek to Whitney back to Crescent Meadow via HST.

Never saw a mosquito.
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