trailblazer wrote:Backpacked up to Red Mountain Basin in the John Muir Wilderness this last weekend (July 1-3). Encountered mosquitos just past the Maxson Meadow trailhead, but they thinned out until Long Meadow, where they became horrendous up until the climb away from Post Corral Creek. Above about 9000ft they were nearly non-existent so far, but the amount of standing water up there from the melting snow suggests they aren't too far away from emerging in clouds.
Did you get to Devil's Punchbowl? My favorite lake in the Sierra. I have never had skeeter problems there. Your report is encouraging. I will be at about 10k out of mineral King on Friday so maybe they won't be too thick yet.