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Bonnie Lake 6/29-6/30

Postby smaretti9 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:30 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 6:49 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 8:57 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 10:19 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 5:10 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 8:44 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 2:05 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 7:58 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 9:20 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 11:46 am

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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