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Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:32 am
I think it comes down to elevation now. I was just over Mono and Gabbot Passes. Under 10000 feet, the mosquitoes were as Doyle describes, at least in the evening. Over 10000 feet, there were only a few, and over 11000 none at all. And the wildflowers were surprisingly nice everywhere.
Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:36 am
I was up Bear Creek into the Seven Gables Lakes area this last weekend. Mosquitos along Bear Creek were present, but few and far between. They were more active around 11k, but still not that bothersome.
Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:10 pm
This has certainly been a summer of the mosquito worth remembering in the future when wet conditions are similar. Was up over Lamarck Col this labor day weekend on my sixth backpack this summer. Finally mosquitoes were scarce enough and nights chilly enough that I didn't bother using the net on my bivy at night and enjoyed awake periods gazing at the universe. ...David
Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2006 6:55 pm
We were camped above Honeymoon Lake September 12th through the 14th. The mosquitos would come out around dusk then disappear when it got completely dark. There were some first thing in the morning too. After dealing with the swarms in July, I hardly noticed these. Still, it was surprising that I had to cover myself due to mosquitos in mid-September.
I bet there are none now, due to the freeze we had last Friday.
Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:02 pm
My son and I were in Dusy Basin September 17 - 21, with day hikes into the Palisades Basin and down into Le Conte Canyon. We did not notice a single mosquito or other annoying insect the whole time. The nights were cool (one night below freezing). There was one day of poor visibility due to the Ojai forest fire 200 miles away but the winds finally changed and blew the smoke away. It was a great time. We were originally going to go in mid-August but postponed our trip thanks to the great information in this forum. Thanks to everyone!
Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2006 5:08 pm
Saw two mosquitos near Grouse Meadows in Le Conte canyon. They were very sluggish, slapped 'em both before they got me. They must have been late season freaks because I didn't see any others the entire week. Nice.
Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 4:50 pm
I was up Bear Creek to Seven Gables and Bear Lakes Basin last weekend. I didn't see a single bug of any type the whole trip. Not even at the higher elevations where snow is still melting. I think the temp is now getting rid of them. All the meadows on the way up were pretty dried out.