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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Horseshoe Meadows 6/6

Post by Xosob » Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:03 pm

Horseshoe Meadows - 0

Did see some dragon flies, however.

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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Post by no2haven » Thu Jun 07, 2012 9:46 am

Anyone been been in the Emmigrant since Monday's cold snap? Or am I going to be adding to the Mosquito Trip from Hell thread this weekend... :D

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Miter Basin-New Army Pass 6/4-6/8

Post by Talimon » Sat Jun 09, 2012 3:30 pm

Cottonwood pass, soldier lake, miter basin, new army pass, cottonwood lakes area. Monday 6/4 - Friday 6/8.

Basically 0 everywhere. Around soldier lake I did spot a couple at one point, but they weren't biting. That said, all the meadows are quite swampy, so I attribute this poor skeeter showing primarily to high winds that were prevalent throughout the area, and Monday's "storm". It did get below freezing at night, which may also be contributing. I don't expect the good luck to continue much beyond the next few days. That said, there is shockingly little snow to be seen, so I would guess the skeeter season won't be a long one this year.

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Maxson Meadow-Red Mtn Basin 6/8-6/10

Post by Ska-T » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:23 am

Maxson Meadows to Red Mtn Basin
June 8, 9, 10

Almost anywhere near water = 4
Elsewhere = 3 and if lucky, 2

Typical of the bad areas were Post Corral Meadows and Fleming Lake. Up high was better, such as Hell for Sure Lake, Arctic Lake, and Horseshoe Lake. That said, the two of us wore long sleeved shirts, long pants, and floppy hats. We judiciously choose our camping and eating spots (when we could) and only suffered one bite each. The cold nights (30 to 32F) disabled the skeeters and no tent was necessary (or carried for that matter).

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Young Lakes 6/8-6/10

Post by Michelettib » Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:07 am

Trip to Young Lakes on June 8, 9 and 10.

Mosquitos were a 0-1 up at the Lakes (elevation 9, 850). Colder weather and some wind kept the few that were around at bay. Took DEET expecting the worst but never needed it. Many of the meadows standing waters were teaming with larva which looked ready to hatch at any point. My guess is the levels of mosquitos will rise significantly in the next week or two.

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Leavitt Meadow-Roosevelt/Lane Lake 6/8-6/10

Post by SanFranFan2010 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:57 am

Trip to Leavitt Meadows to Roosevelt / Lane Lake looped trough Secret Lake 6/8-10

Suprisingly 0 mosquitos during the day. Evening got bit once but none visible.

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Cottonwood Lakes 6/10

Post by zorobabel » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:04 am

Cottonwood Lakes area - 1.
No mosquitos to be seen during the day (wind or calm), and very few came out in the evening, but weren't annoying (maybe because you only had to deal with 1-2 mosquitos while having dinner).
The trail to Horseshoe Meadow had no mosquitos, even near water, so that's a 1.

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Dinkey Lakes Wilderness 6/9-6/10

Post by Troutdog 59 » Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:40 am

Nelson and Cliff Lakes, Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, 6/9 and 6/10.

0 to 1 on trail to either lake.

3 to 4 at Nelson Lake 6/9. Worst from 6:00 pm until about 8:00, when they disappeared I think because the temp plunged.

3 at Cliff Lake 6/10.

All went well, long sleeves and head nets made Nelson quite bearable and the fishing for brookies was good!
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Lake Sabrina-Moolight Falls 6/9-6/10

Post by schmalz » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:13 pm

Lake Sabrina > Moonlight Falls 6/9 - 6/10

The trip ranged from 0-2. Mostly 0.

The middle section of the trail, near Dingleberry lake had some sections with skeeters. I got bit a handful of times when I was stopped taking photos. This was in the middle of the afternoon.

Once I got higher up near Hungry Packer Lake there were no skeeters at all.

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Kibbie Lake-NW Yosemite 6/9-6/11

Post by kpeter » Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:41 am

Kibbie Ridge Trail, Many Island Lake, Boundary Lake. June 9-11

Ranges from 0 to 2. No biting mosquitoes at Many Island Lake. At Boundary lake mornings and evenings they were beginning to get rather annoying, but they were gone during the day. Nowhere in the area was I bothered by mosquitoes during hiking or during the day.

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