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Wrights Lake-Twin Lakes 6/21- 6/23

Postby SSSdave » Mon Jun 24, 2013 10:22 am

Friday evening 9pm two of us night hiked 2 miles 1000 feet up from Wrights Lake to lower Twin Lakes in Desolation W. Trailhead is about a rather marshy lodgepole pine zone behind the reservoir and after noticing a few squeeters while getting our gear out of the Subu, put on some 100% Repel DEET on our hands and face, the only uncovered skin. As usual, we stopped alot on most every convenient thigh high trailside boulder or log and did not notice any as they probably flew away as soon as they got a whiff.

Arrived at Twin Lakes midnight, high 40s temps, slight breeze and left my tent in the pack. Just slept outside atop a ground sheet, balaclava on, head out in the fresh air with the residual DEET from the trailhead enough to deter any squeeters all night. In the morning after the sun came up, noticed a few buzzing about so put on some more DEET and that was that. Midday washed off the DEET, never put any on the rest of the trip. Later noticed a few buzzing around at times as there was a lot of wet areas and meadows all over, but never got a single bite until Sunday morning while hiking out. One bit my hand while I was taking a pic and another drilled into my scalp where my hair is thinning, while I was focusing my view camera under my dark cloth. So generally a 2.



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Darwin Canyon 6/22-6/23

Postby Mradford » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:13 am

Darwin Canyon 6/22-23

Mosquito rank easy 3, but they weren't biting very much even though they were EVERYWHERE from the late afternoon until it cooled down.
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Shadow-Nydiver-1000 Is Lake 6/20-6/22

Postby calisubie » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:33 pm

June 20-22:Shadow Lake x-country to Nydiver Lakes, Whitebark Pass, Garnet, 1000 Island and out.

Mosquitos were horrible (stop walking, look down and 10-15 on one leg) at Garnet and backside of 1000 Island Lake during typical skeeter times of the day. However, slight breeze in the afternoon helped a bit.
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Cotton Wood Lakes / Pass-Soldier Lake 6/22-6/23

Postby esco » Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:22 pm

6/22 Cottonwood Pass, Inyo Natl - 0
6/22 Chicken Spring Lake, Golden Trout Wild - 1 A few mosquitos one or two bites in late afternoon and then none in evening.
6/23 Lower Soldier Lake, Seki - 0
6/23 Cottonwood Lakes - 0
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Mosquito Reports for Sonora Pass area?

Postby SueD » Sun Jun 30, 2013 4:45 pm

I'm thinking of doing a hike next week north from Sonora Pass to Wolf Creek Lake & Boulder Lake .... anyone know what the mosquitoes are like now? Thanks!

Well to answer my own question, during our hike 7/4-7/6, mosquitos were 0 - 1 on the PCT heading north from Sonora Pass, but there was a goodly breeze which might have been keeping them away.
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Monache-Templeton Meadow 7/19-7/23

Postby Rockchucker » Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:11 pm

Monache 1, templton meadows 1, overall very few bugs. Monache has a bunch of flys. We were up there June 19th-23rd.
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Hidden Lake-Black Rock Lake-Silver Lake 6/28-6/30

Postby Vickster » Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:53 pm

Mokelumne Wilderness June 28-30
Granite Lake Trailhead (off hwy88)
Day 1: Hidden Lake (2-3...no bugs until around 6, then they came out in droves...was still hiking and even while moving along the trail they were biting, put on 100% deet and they quit).

Day 2: Beebe Lake, Black Rock Lake, Cole Creek Lakes and camped at Long Lake (2-3...morning was bad, had to eat while walking fully clothed gloves and all...not so bad for most of the day managed a couple sit down breaks at Beebe Lake and Cole where they were tolerable and even got out on granite where they seemed not to be at all in direct sun. At Long they were around, but in tolerable numbers).

Day 3: Back to Granite Lake TH via Plasse TH and connecting trail around Silver Lake (UGH this day was like a 4. In the morning at Long Lake I almost didn't eat breakfast....estimated about 50 on/around me broke out the 100% deet when the face mask when full clothing wasn't cutting it and they stopped biting but were still hanging around. Couldn't really take any breaks today because they would come around).

It was a gnarly weekend bug-wise. I think dealing with this year after year gets me more mentally prepared but it's still rough when you can't stop and enjoy views. I Have a solid early season sierra tramp stamp of bites.

On the plus side, weather was amazing and saw a bear near Cole Lakes this morning on my way out!
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Re: 2013 Mosquito Reports

Postby maverick » Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:01 am

Hi SueD,

Welcome to HST!
HST= Wilderness Adventurer who knows no bounds, except for their own imagination.

Have a safer backcountry experience by using the HST ReConn Form 2.0, named after Larry Conn, a HST member: http://reconn.org
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Re: 2013 Mosquito Reports

Postby mp88 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:01 am

Headed out on the JMT this week and looking for a bug report, any information will be greatly appreciated and we thank you in advance ; )

Leaving Reds Meadow on Sun 7/7 & finishing at Happy Isle VC on Wed 7/10. Anyone who has been in these areas as of late and can give us a report will have great karma for the rest of the summer. :unibrow:
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Vogelsang 6/29

Postby SierraMaclure » Wed Jul 03, 2013 2:23 pm

Last weekend at Vogelsang Area: hellish. Dropped a few hundred feet and it was better. Even had skeeters on top of Vogelsang Peak. Pretty miserable; and I don't react to them and I have a high tolerance for their annoyance. #-o
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Agnew Meadows, Garnet Lake, Shadow Creek June 28-July 2

Postby Silverfox » Wed Jul 03, 2013 3:24 pm

Mosquitos were light to moderate, headnet and deet made travel through wet areas bearable.

Day 1 - River Trail 1 in areas away from water, 2 near the river, along as your moving they leave you alone

Day 2 and 3 - Garnet Lake, had planned to go to 1000 Island but every person we ran into gave us a 3 or 4 report, went to Garnet instead, glad we did 2 at best and nice afternoon breeze left us free during the day.

Day 4 - Shadow Creek Area - 1 to 2 a little afternoon shower sent them home

Day 5 Back to Agnew Meadows - 2 along River Trail, not a bother if you keep moving

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Lake Aloha basin, Desolation Wilderness, June 29-July1

Postby FeetFirst » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:06 pm

Echo Lakes TH (0) > Haypress Meadow (3) Lake Aloha (2) > Heather Lake (3) > Lake Le Conte (3) Cracked Crag (1) > Jabu Lake (3) > Lake Lucille (3) > Lake Margery (3). Note that it was very warm both days (85F+) and probably didn't really cool off (probably 55F) at nights. There was a breeze during dusk that allowed me to keep sane during dinners, but the mornings were still so breakfast was eaten while walking to avoid the ungodly.
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