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Bonnie Lake 6/29-6/30

Postby smaretti9 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:30 pm

Leavitt Trailhead - Bonnie Lake 06/29 - 06/30 (Hoover Wilderness/Stanislaus/Yosemite)

First 8 miles in we had very little interaction, occasionally a 2. After that 8 we started our ascent up Bond Pass, for the next 4 miles or so it abruptly turned to a 5. Unbearable, we camped out and turned right around the next morning. Spoke with a few PCT'ers who stated it was bad the last 3 days. To be more specific of where we were it was the 1,000 mile mark on the PCT.



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July 3rd Duck Pass - Trail head to Barney Lake

Postby exodus » Thu Jul 04, 2013 7:49 pm

In summary - near water a 2 - away from water a 1. If you stopped for about 2 minutes or so on the trail, a few would find you. My wife and I got away with 0 bites, but the kids weren't as lucky - about 10 bites between the two of them.

The gnats were being at a full 3 maybe 4 up near Barney lake. The din from their buzzing was wild to behold.
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June 27-29 Courtright/Maxson to Post Corral Creek & Rae Lake

Postby hiker97 » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:57 pm

Daytime 0-1 away from water, 2-3 in wet meadow areas
Evening 3 away from water. Optimal camp sites away from creek crossings and lakes. We were pleasantly surprised after hearing some of the trip reports...it was definitely better than expected!
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Mosquito Reports for HST and Big Arroyo?

Postby Silverfox » Fri Jul 05, 2013 11:19 am

Looking for information on mosquitos along the High Sierra trail and the Big Arroyo area. Anyone been in that area yet?

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Granite Park, Italy Pass, Upper Millls Lake, Bear Lakes 6/26

Postby Bluewater » Sun Jul 07, 2013 6:10 pm

June 26: Granite Park via Pine Creek. 0 from the t/h to the east side of Pine Lake. 4 along Pine Lakes to Honeymoon Lake and 5 along the creek between the 1st and 2nd Pine Lake. I couldn't drink water without also drinking all of the bugs that flew into the bottle in this section. Almost went home. 4 while camping along one of the tarns in the upper Granite Park area.

June 27: 3 on the way to Italy Pass, 2 at the pass. 1 along Lake Italy with some short sections of 3 near Toe Lake. 0 at the tarn on the south side of Gabbot Pass.

June 28: 0 on the south side of Gabbot Pass, 1-2 on the north side. Bugs got bad at Upper Mills Creek Lake and the various tarns and creeks in the area, 3 at dusk.

June 29: 2 along Lower Mills Creek Lake, Second Recess. Amazingly few bugs along Mono Creek Trail all the way to the bridge before VVR, 0.

June 30: 0 From Bear Ridge to the JMT/Lake Italy junction. 2 on the Italy Lake Trail but 4+ in the meadows.

July 1: 4 along the creeks/waterfalls/meadows just below the outlet of Lake Italy. Miserable.

July 2: 1 around Teddy Bear and Brown Bear Lakes. 3 in Bear Lakes Basin around White Bear and Black Bear Lakes. 0 at Dancing Bear Pass and Italy Pass. 2 in upper Granite Park. 4 from Honeymoon to Lower Pine Lake. Amazingly 0 once I made it to the east side of Lower Pone Lake all the way to the t/h.
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7/5-7/7 Carson Pass area HWY 88

Postby Vickster » Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:44 am

7/5 and 7/6 Lake Kirkwood- a pleasant 2 they were around here and there during the day but very tolerable, more of them at night but again VERY tolerable. Slept outside both nights and was bothered only a couple times.

7/7 Frog Lake and Lake Winnemucca- was only in this area during the day but didn't notice any

it was very windy at all of these places which I'm sure swept a lot of the skeeters away.
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Shepherd Pass, Williamson Bowl 7/3 - 7/6

Postby BBchris » Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:05 pm

Anvil Camp - 2
Shepherd Pass Lake and Williamson Bowl - 1. Many babies but not biting yet
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Pate Valley-Waterwheel Falls-Polly Lake 7/4-7/8

Postby maytag » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:58 am

Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne July 4th - 8th -
Pate Valley - 1
Waterwheel Falls - 1
McGee Lake - 3/4 walking through was heavy
Polly Lake - 2/3 not much activity during the day but heavy at dawn and dusk
Climb out of Polly Lake to Tuolumne Peak was heavy...
10 Lakes - 2/3 - camped at the first lake...

Used Eucalyptus spray on clothing when it was heavy and it seemed to do the trick.
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7/5 - 7/7 Lower Lamarck and Wonder Lakes

Postby schmalz » Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:20 am

7/5 - Lower Lamacrk - 1 - It was very windy for most of the day/night, so bugs were no issue.
7/6 & 7/7 - Wonder Lakes - 3 - The wind died down and the bugs found us at our camp in the driest spot around, but they weren't too bad.
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Olancha Peak 7/9/13

Postby Rockchucker » Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:46 pm

Olancha peak as of 7-9-13 not bad at all, evenings they picked up a bit but overall I would say it was a 2. Very dry, all the springs are either dry or just puddles. Long stringer creak was dried up. This is usually a great spot to catch goldens.
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Bishop Pass Trail June 29-July 2. Long Lake to Bishop Pass

Postby LBCpacker » Wed Jul 10, 2013 11:56 am

Bishop Pass Trail June 29-July 2. Long Lake to Bishop Pass
I'd rate it a 3.5 because at some points they were swarming during the day.
Base camped at Saddlerock Lake and day hiked from there.
We slept through dawn and early in the evenings, then woke up in the middle of the night to star gaze for a few hours as to avoid the mosquitoes.
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Re: 2013 Mosquito Reports

Postby CasinovaRock23 » Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:35 am

Hiking the High Sierra Camp Loop from July 15th - July 20th, wondering what the mosquitos are like at any point along the way (Tuolumne Meadows, Glen Aulin, May Lake, Tenaya, Sunrise, Merced, Vogelsang, etc...).

Anybody been by that way recently or plan to in the next couple days?

Mosquitos love me so I have treated my outfit with Permethrin, have 1 bottle of 35% DEET and 1 bottle of Picardin. I also have one of those battery powered clip-on OFF thingy's that I was thinking might be nice to turn on while eating dinner. I hope I don't need to use my headnet much during the hike because I feel that will really take away from the views.

Thanks in advance for any updates/tips.
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