2017 Mosquito Reports

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June 17+18 Hikes around Donner Summit + Truckee

Post by wildhiker » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:46 pm

Sat, June 17: Dayhike along Sagehen Creek north of Truckee at 6000 to 6300 feet - no snow, lots of wildflowers, zero mosquitoes.
Sun, June 18: Dayhike up Johnson Canyon from I-80 at 6400 feet to Donner Lake Rim Trail on ridge at 7700 feet - no snow, bushes blooming, zero mosquitoes.
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Re: 2017 Mosquito Reports

Post by SSSdave » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:11 am

Thanks for that report wildhiker as that confirms further north how the recent cold days killed dead a whole early generation of mosquitoes that likely had been above freezing elevations.

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Post by maverick » Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:04 am

Please make sure, that you update the "subject tab", with the location and dates of your trip, it saves us time from having to go back and change them. :) Thanks
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Horsethief Canyon dayhike, June 21, 2017

Post by scraperpro » Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:00 am

Sighted only one mosquito early in the morning at the trailhead parking lot, otherwise none. So: level 1

Only occasional patches of snow above 8000'.

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Desolation Wilderness - Loon Lake & Rubicon River

Post by Quercus23 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:52 pm

Just got back from a quick trip out to Rubicon River area, Desolation Wilderness. Mosquitos 0-1, maybe 1+ in swampy bits and along shoreline of Rockbound & Rubicon (elev. 6,500). None higher up.

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Big Whitney Meadow to Trail Meadow 6/23-25

Post by JayOtheMountains » Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:24 pm

Big Whitney Meadow to Trail Meadow 6/23 - 25

Bugs 2.5 - 3 for both meadow areas.

Angry little bastards, they are. Some are reaching dime sized and could carry off your dinner.

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Copper Creek 6/24 / Mist Falls 6/25

Post by tlnagy » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:32 pm

Hiked up copper creek in SEKI (6/24) and the bugs weren't too bad, probably a 2.

Also did a short day hike up to Mist Falls (6/25) in Lower Paradise Valley and that was awful; probably a 4-5. We had to keep constantly moving throughout all wooded areas and you could see a cloud of mosquitoes following you. Lots of standing water from flooding everywhere still so this will likely continue for the next couple weeks.
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Re: 2017 Mosquito Reports

Post by rlown » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:36 pm

tlnagy wrote:Hiked up copper creek in SEKI (6/24) and the bugs weren't too bad, probably a 2.

Also did a short day hike up to Mist Falls (6/25) in Lower Paradise Valley and that was awful; probably a 4-5. We had to keep constantly moving throughout all wooded areas and you could see a cloud of mosquitoes following you. Lots of standing water from flooding everywhere still so this will likely continue for the next couple weeks.
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6/30 Blue Lakes Rd/Markleeville Peak Charity Valley

Post by SNOOOOW » Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:22 am

I guess the bugs are always bad out on Blue Lakes Rd but I have only been out there in the Fall so they never were bad for me. However, on June 30th the bugs were about a 5-6 I would say. I was getting bitten up until I got up on the ridge and the wind kicked in...Without the wind I was always swatting mosquitoes
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North Fork Big Pine 7/2 - 7/3

Post by Midnight Sun » Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:27 pm

Above Lon Chaney's cabin mosquitoes were a 3. 4 in some wooded areas near the lakes. Some reprieve in the more exposed areas with slight breezes. ~20 bites over a couple days. Don't go without some kind of defense.

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