2012 Mosquito Reports

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Gianelli TH - Granite Lk. 7/4-7/6

Post by egull » Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:00 pm

Surprisingly light, I'd say a 2. No problem during the day. A few were biting at dusk at Granite Lake but head nets/Deet were optional (in my opinion).

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Rae Lakes/Twin Lakes/Sawmill 7/5-7/7

Post by KathyW » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:48 pm

Rae Lakes - 3 to 4 in the evening of July 5
Twin Lakes (Lower Lake) - 4 to 5. It got really bad in the evening and the Deet wasn't working; so I ate in my tent - July 6
JMT between Glen Pass and Twin Lakes - 1 to 5 depending on how close to the water and how much of a breeze was blowing. Arrowhead Lake was really bad as I passed by.
Onion Valley to Glen Pass - 0-1
Sawmill Pass to Sawmill Pass Trailhead - 1-3 (bad down in the Sawmill Meadow area).

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July 6th - July 8th - Dusy Basin & Pallisades Basin

Post by David and Karen » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:08 pm

AS per my wife, mosquitoes not bad at either location.
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Cooked Lakes Trail, 7000' Tahoe NF

Post by Sparrowhawk » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:56 pm

Greetings all,

I found this blog when looking for a trip for the kids, and we have a fabulous time hiking around the Crooked lakes trail in Tahoe NF.

7000' off I-80

Mosquitoes level was 0-1 None during the day, a few at dusk.

Thanks all!

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Wrights Lake to Lake Schmidell - Desolation Wilderness

Post by smaretti9 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:06 pm

Mosquitos were rampant throughout Rockbound trail. Mostly by the lakes, streams and marshes but there were still some to be found even in the drier areas. Our trip was mostly relegated to being stuck in the tent. I would give this area a 5. Hoping this is something that will dissipate as the season goes on.

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Green Creek -East Lake - Virginia Pass Loop 7-5-12

Post by overheadx2 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:42 pm

Skeeters never more than 2 and only in swampy areas. Camped at East lake - .5 to 1 with light breeze. Able to lay around after swimming without bug spray. Return creek the same. West lake and Virginia pass area had slightly more, but no more than a 2 at the worst spots.

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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Post by maverick » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:19 am

Hi Sparrowhawk and Smaretti9,

Welcome to HST! Thank you for taking the time to post a report and hope the two
of you will continue to contribute in the future.
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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports - North Fork, Trinity Alps, 7/2-7/5

Post by bheiser1 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:55 am

I'm not sure this is of interest here as it's not the Sierra, but I'll take the chance it may be.

I spent 3 nights in the Trinity Alps (North Fork area - west of the high peaks) this past week. Most of the trip ranged from 3,000-5,000 ft elevation, with a couple parts up around 6,000. At the lower elevations the 'skeeters ranged from 0 - 1, maybe a 2 in a couple spots near water. They were a 2 while hiking higher up through Grizzly Meadow in the early evening.

There were some other flies around during the day throughout the region ... I'd say about a 1, sometimes slightly more.

There was an extremely persistent and angry hornet (well a large bee of some type) by the campsite at the top of the ridge near "Bob's Farm". Fortunately I wasn't planning to camp there, and this guy hastened my departure from that spot, as he clearly wasn't pleased by my presence.

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Shepard Pass, Mt. Williamson 7/7 - 7/8

Post by quentinc » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:10 pm

Hardly any, anywhere along the way.

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Monache Meadows 7/1-7/2

Post by Crawler » Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:21 pm

I was in Monache meadows Sunday and Monday night July 1-2 2012. Nearly no skeeters to mention. Also ended up below lake Sabrina out of Bishop for a night and again nearly no skeeters to mention. I will be between bishop and big pine next weekend and will report back on skeeters. Hopefully I will have the same results as last week.

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