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Little Blue Lake 6/28-30

Postby scraperpro » Sun Jul 03, 2016 11:08 am

Breeze from the lake kept them down during the day but morning and evening: 2



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Disappointment Lake 7/2

Postby AaronRDavis » Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:21 am

The 13 miles from Maxon TH to Disappointment Lake, mostly a 2 the whole way, especially near water. I felt like they weren't bothersome unless I actually stopped for more than a minute, in which they would without fail begin attacking me. I wore pants and an impervious Nylon shirt which fully protected me. The lake was about a 3. I had to wear my headnet most of the evening.
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Dinkey Lakes July 3rd

Postby Pearl » Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:31 pm

We only did a day hike through the area but it was about a 2 or 3 but sometimes the breeze kept them down. I had long sleeves and we used DEET. Some people we ran into said it was bad at dawn and dusk
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Hell For Sure - Goddard Canyon June 29 - July 4, 2016

Postby Backpackingmom » Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:30 pm

Just got back from Courtright to Goddard Canyon trek via Hell For Sure pass. We noticed that the Mosquitos definitely worse at higher elevations.

June 30: Post Corral (camped on rocks about 200 feet from creek) - 2 (not that bad here!)

July 1 -
Trek from Disappointment Lake to Hell For Sure Lake we named "Murderer's Row" - super bad 4-5
Hell For Sure Lake: 3-4 (worse at dusk than dawn)

July 2:
Hell For Sure Pass: 3-4 (could not linger at the top to long as they began to congregate)
Goddard Canyon: 2

July 3: Lunch stop at Disappointment Lake we ran for our lives! Level 4-5

We had to use full strength Deet on any exposed skin a few times a day as nothing else worked.

Happy Trails!
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Pioneer Basin 7/1-7/3

Postby dandaman49 » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:11 am

Went up over Mono Pass to Pioneer basin July 1-3.

Mosquito Flat 3

Ruby Lake 2

Pioneer Basin 4-5 at the lowest marshy lake

Upper lakes were 1-3 depending on how close to the water you were

Fourth recess lake 2

We had a consistant light breeze throughout the trip, or it may have been worse in some areas. I also noticed a lot of young mosquitos in a few areas so I dont think they have hit their peak yet.
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Morgan Lakes/LLV 7/1-7/3

Postby flarelate » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:52 am

Went to Morgan Lakes through Little Lakes Valley July 1-3

Mosquito Flat 3
Little Lakes Valley Trail 3
Morgan Lakes 4-5

We ended up cutting our trip short due to the bugs. As we were leaving Morgan Lakes, multiple people were heading to Morgan from Chickenfoot due to the mosquitoes being unbearable there. We have another trip planned in a couple weeks to that area. The weather forecast is for cooler temps in July, hopefully this will lessen the mosquitoes.
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Ediza Lake July 3-5

Postby brandy » Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:30 am

Ediza Lake July 3-5

Shadow Creek Trail-3
Ediza Lake-3-4

We were covered in repellent and they would manage to find the one tiny area of skin that I missed spraying, like between my toes. :/
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Baker Creek 7/1-72

Postby psykokid » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:13 pm

Baker Creek - due east of Cloudripper and Vagabond Peak - 3

Camped in a clearing next to the meadow due to having a decent sized group. Due to the meadow being basically a big marshy bog the skeeters were out but not as bad as they will be a bit later in the season. Varying breezes throughout Friday Night / Saturday helped as well. Went walking along the trail ringing the meadow Saturday morning and there were bits where the ground was frozen.

Ended up bailing Saturday afternoon and headed home due to my Son feeling crappy due to the elevation.
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Clark Range Loop 7/1-7/5

Postby oliverlu » Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:27 pm

Illillouette Basin 0-1 until Clark Fork, 2 thereafter
Lower Ottoway Lake 2
Upper Ottoway Lake 0-1
Clark Range below 10,000' to 9,000 ft, 3-4. Above 10,500' a 0.
Triple Peak Fork - 3
Echo Valley - 3
West of Echo Valley a 2, going down to a 1.
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Rafferty Creek to Vogelsang Peak 7/7/16

Postby KathyW » Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:48 pm

From Tuolumne Meadows to Tuolumne Pass: 1-4 (1 near the trailhead and 4 near the Pass)
From Tuolumne Pass to Vogelsang Lake: 4-5
Above 10,500': 0-1

The worst section was between about 9,500' and 10,500' - the area around the Vogelsang High Sierra Camp was really bad. I had to spray myself with Deet four times during the day - that's a lot for me.
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Selden Pass Lakes 7/3-7/6

Postby Snowtrout » Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:59 pm

From Florence lake to MTR, bugs ranged from 3-5....meadow areas were bad, making us hike faster!!
Near Senger creek, 2 on mosquitoes and was the area that had the least bug problem. Flies were also out but just bothered you.
Sallie Keyes to Heart lake, solid 3.
Selden pass, 1-2 because of the wind.
Marie lake, 3-4. Had to put on head nets and was the worst for bugs I have seen at a lake in awhile. Midge hatch was also happening and when you walked by a tree they were swarming by, they were attracted to you like a magnet.
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Desolation Wilderness 7/3-7/8

Postby genetastic » Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:38 pm

Desolation Wilderness lollipop hike from/to Echo Lakes, July 3rd through 8th, 2016

2 to 3: Most lakes we stayed at or passed (Aloha, Susie, Lower Velma, Rubicon, Schmidell, Clyde)
There were decent numbers of mosquitos around, particularly within the trees, but not aggressive at all. Open areas away from trees had no mosquitos. It was pretty windy, which helped.

5: Particularly bad areas were the forested area on the trail south of Phipps Peak and the China Flat area on the Rubicon River.

We only had to apply DEET once, on the climb up towards Phipps Pass from the south. Otherwise, we were mostly left alone, particularly in exposed rocky areas. Mosquitos we did see outside of the bad spots generally ignored us.
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