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2012 Mosquito Reports

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Wrights Lake to Lake Schmidell - Desolation Wilderness

Postby 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

Postby 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

Postby maverick » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:19 am

Hi Sparrowhawk and Smaretti9,

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Re: 2012 Mosquito Reports - North Fork, Trinity Alps, 7/2-7/5

Postby 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

Postby quentinc » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:10 pm

Hardly any, anywhere along the way.
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Monache Meadows 7/1-7/2

Postby 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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Ediza Lake 7/10

Postby David and Karen » Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:12 pm

Hot off the press!

Bugs bad at Ediza Lake tonight!
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Little Lakes Valley - 7/5

Postby exodus » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:03 am

During the day - 0 to 1.
At dusk - 1 - 2.

It's definitely better this year than last year.
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Tuolumne Meadows/Young Lakes/Mt Conness July 6-8

Postby bbayley80 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:52 pm

overall a 2
hardly any on the hike out of the Meadows.
started getting hit after arriving at lower Young Lake. just a bit annoying throughout the day-few biting- a bit worse at dawn and dusk. large non-biting swarms..pretty strange.
just used Eucalyptus spray, no Deet.

hike to higher two lakes saw few-second lake seemed to have less than first lake- a bit more at third lake. hardly any as we climbed up over 12000+

nice breeze over the weekend helped out.
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July 7-12 Mosquito Report Kearsarge/Rae Lakes

Postby Silverfox » Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:31 am

Trip out of Onion Valley, mosquitos almost non-existent
7/7 Flower Lake 0-1 a few mosquitos at dawn and dusk
7/8 Charlotte Lake 0-1 none during day a few at dawn and dusk
7/9 Rae Lakes 0-1 same as above
7/10 Sixty Lakes Basin - 0-1 first time I used any deet and only needed in small stretch from upper lakes to lower lakes along the creek
7/11 Kearsarge Lakes 0-1 a few at dusk

Great time, mosquitos were a non-issue.

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Mono Meadow to Ottoway Lakes July 6-8 2012

Postby hiker_97 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:21 pm

Wet meadow and stream crossings (daytime) 2
Most trail sections 0-1
Illilouette Creek (7200' elev) 1 during daytime, 2-3 during evening, early morning
Lower Ottoway Lake (9700' elev.) - 2 during daytime, 3 during evening, early morning
Mosquito head-nets highly recommended for a comfortable stay! With the netting on, I received very few bites this year and was pleasantly surprised.
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Cottonwood Pass/Miter Basin/Crabtree 7/4-7/7

Postby BBchris » Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:49 pm

7/4 Horseshoue meadow - Cottonwood pass - 0
7/5 Soldier Lakes - 2, Miter Basin - 0
7/6 Crabtree lakes, Crabtree Meadow - 0 - 1
7/7 Rock Creek - 2, Cottonwood lakes - 0
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