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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Postby rlown » Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:20 pm

Welcome to the HST!
Thanks for the info.



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Kearsarge Lakes-Rae Lakes 7/1-7/4

Postby David and Karen » Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:50 pm

My wife just got back from Rae Lakes (via Onion Valley) - bugs were a non-issue at Matlock Lake and Kearsarge Lakes - they were noticable at Rae Lakes but not that bad
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Pine Creek - Granite Park - Italy Pass - July 1-3

Postby no2haven » Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:50 am

0 on the trail up to Pine Lake.
2-3 at the Pine Lakes/Honeymoon Lake, especially in wooded areas.
0-1 in Granite Park. The only exception was the lake just below Italy Pass where there several discrete mosquito balls/swarms; they left you alone if they didn't catch your scent.
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Mono Pass to Mono Creek: June 30th - July 3rd

Postby schmalz » Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:18 am

I encountered pretty much no mosquitoes on the east side of Mono Pass, but definitely some on the other side.

6/30 4th Recess: Was only there for dusk and then the next morning. I'd say 2.5? They were definitely buzzing around but not terrible.

7/1: Hopkins Basin to the uppermost lake. 4. This was a blooming meadow and there were a ton of bugs. I went to a ridge above the top lake where I was far away from any moisture and they still found me up there.

7/2: Pioneer Basin. I'll say 3.5. They were active during the day but not quite as thick as Hopkins.

There was not much wind and it was warm. Bad skeeter conditions.
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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Postby maverick » Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:24 am

Schmalz wrote:
7/1: Hamilton Basin to the uppermost lake. 4. This was a blooming meadow and
there were a ton of bugs. I went to a ridge above the top lake where I was far
away from any moisture and they still found me up there.


You meant Hopkins Lakes Basin, right?
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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports

Postby schmalz » Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:27 am

maverick wrote:
Schmalz wrote:
7/1: Hamilton Basin to the uppermost lake. 4. This was a blooming meadow and
there were a ton of bugs. I went to a ridge above the top lake where I was far
away from any moisture and they still found me up there.


You meant Hopkins Lakes Basin, right?


Yep, my bad. Edited the post.
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Re: 2012 Kearsarge Lakes -Rae Lakes

Postby Silverfox » Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:17 pm

This is great news, leaving Sat. 7/7 for Charlotte, Keasarge, and Rae Lakes. I'll update next Friday 7/13.
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July 1-4 Pear, Moose Lakes, Alta Meadow

Postby cahiker » Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:40 pm

July 1st - Pear Lake: 0/1. A few mosquitoes, but not bothersome.

July 2nd - Moose Lake: 4. Lots of mosquitoes buzzing around our heads at all times, with their annoying whine. Surprisingly, none landed on my ungloved hands or bit through my exposed socks.

July 3rd - Alta Meadow: 1-2. Fair number in Alta Meadow mid-afternoon, but we didn't stop. At our campsite on the ridge at the west end of the meadow there were only a few.

July 4th - Trail to Wolverton from the south, through Long Meadow - Very aggressive mosquitoes that managed to land on my arms and legs and repeatedly bite even though I walked as fast as I could and swung my arms wildly. Beautiful meadow, but I couldn't enjoy it because I had been lulled into believing I could safely hike in shorts and short sleeves with the bug spray deep in my pack (dumb, I know...)
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Gianelli TH - Granite Lk. 7/4-7/6

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby 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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