2012 Mosquito Reports

Questions and reports related to Sierra Nevada current and forecast conditions, as well as general precautions and safety information. Trail conditions, fire/smoke reports, mosquito reports, weather and snow conditions, stream crossing information, and more.
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Kennedy Meadows 5/12

Post by overheadx2 » Wed May 23, 2012 10:00 pm

Kennedy Meadows - 5/12/12 - 0 - Camped at the campground and hikes up to 7000'and down to 6000' - already very dry, no skeeters

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Horseshoe Meadows 5/27

Post by calipidder » Wed May 30, 2012 7:54 am

Horseshoe Meadow to Cottonwood Pass, 0. (as of Sunday the 27th)

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Virgnia Lakes-Gaylor Lakes 5/26-5/27

Post by Jason » Wed May 30, 2012 11:17 am

Virginia Lakes Area - 0
Gaylor Lakes Area - 0

Visited both over Memorial Day Weekend and didn't see a single mosquito. No bites either. Of course, the snow and cold weather could have had something to do with it.

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Kibbie Lake-NW Yosemite 5/26-5/28

Post by tomba » Wed May 30, 2012 11:27 pm

Kibbie Lake (NW Yosemite) on Memorial Day Weekend, from Shingle Springs TH, through Bartlett Creek between Many Island Lake and Spotted Fawn Lake, then Flora Lake, and back. Mosquitoes at 0 everywhere (it was snowing on the first day though), except 1-2 on the last day at the wet area between Kibbie Ridge and Kibbie Lake.

BTW, all creeks were easy to cross.
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White Wolf-Glen Aulin 5/26-5/28

Post by DoyleWDonehoo » Thu May 31, 2012 9:05 am

Yeah, last week up till the snowstorm in the White Wolf and Glen Aulen regions, just a few "snow mosquitoes" (big aggressive but wary buggers) here and there, mainly in wet, swampy or pond areas. Not really a problem.
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Chain Lakes- Southern Yosemite 5/24-5/31

Post by oldranger » Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:24 pm

Just out from s. Yosemite. Skeeters just strarting at Middle Chain. Got worse as we got lower, probably about a 4. Used Deet about 2 miles down the trail. Then gnats became the issue. Markskor said he kept swallowing them. I told him he should keep his mouth shut!

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Kibbie Lake 6/2

Post by no2haven » Sun Jun 03, 2012 8:59 pm

Kibbie Lake 6/2/12: 3 - very light during the day, voracious and swarming just after dusk. Not bad the next morning, however. DEET was no deterrent - retreated to the tent for dinner.

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Horse Meadows 6/3

Post by BrianF » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:27 am

Starting to come out in the Horseshoe Meadows area. About a 2 Sunday morning around swampy meadow areas
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Dusy Basin 6/1-6/3

Post by landESCAPE » Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:43 pm

My first official post here!! :)
(I've been reading these forums for way too long without posting...it's about time I did!)

Just came back (6/1-6/3) from Bishop Pass/Dusy Basin to the point where the trail drops down into Le Conte Canyon. Visited every lake in the basin. There were basically no mosquitoes anywhere -- even in the swampy areas and even at sunset! There were a few hiding in the trees at the lower elevations, but no DEET necessary. So I'll give it a 0.

Judging from the progression of all these other reports, it looks like they'll be out in full force soon...so might want to hurry!!
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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Post by maverick » Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:41 pm

Welcome aboard LandESCAPE! Looking forward to reading your future posts!
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