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Mosquitoes at Thousand Island area vs. Sabrina Basin?

Postby mangomegan » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:38 am

I see that the skeeters are really bad in the Sabrina Basin, thanks to a report in the conditions forum. We, unfortunately, were planning a trip to that area for DD's 11th birthday, leaving the 19th. Now rethinking that!

There are permits available for the Thousand Island Lake area, which is another trip on my to-do list.

Is there any way to know how the mosquitoes there might compare? I don't see any recent reports for that area in the forum...

Thanks!



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Re: Mosquitoes at Thousand Island area vs. Sabrina Basin?

Postby maverick » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:45 am

Don't let mosquitoes deter you from going where you want to go and see, better to learn how to deal with them properly: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=7828&hilit=mosquito+avoidance#p56699
I don't give out specific route information, my belief is that it takes away from the whole adventure spirit of a trip, if you need every inch planned out, you'll have to get that from someone else.

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: Mosquitoes at Thousand Island area vs. Sabrina Basin?

Postby mangomegan » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:11 am

You're right. Thanks for the perspective!
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Re: Mosquitoes at Thousand Island area vs. Sabrina Basin?

Postby kpeter » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:26 am

You would be in the area 10 days after that report. I think you can expect the Sabrina mosquitoes will be somewhat reduced by then. I think you can also expect that they won't be entirely gone, so lots of good preparation can help. Hopefully they will be down from horrible to tolerable.

Thousand Island Lake is a pretty long trek for an 11 year old--especially if you try to make it there in a single day. I've taken my kids to both places and think of Sabrina Basin as friendlier for younger kids.

I can recommend a camping area in Sabrina Basin I used to reduce mosquitos when I was there with my kids. Go to Dingleberry and then head upstream. Before you get to the stepping stone crossing of the creek (within a hundred yards or so of the lake) veer left and up and you will find some flat spots in the granite that are higher than the stream, meadow, and lake, breezier, sunnier, and drier. They are open but well drained. Be prepared not to get all your stakes in the ground.
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Re: Mosquitoes at Thousand Island area vs. Sabrina Basin?

Postby mangomegan » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:20 am

Great--thanks for the tip!

I agree about the mileage. The Sabrina trip is just perfect for our needs right now, so going to make it work. I'm beyond thrilled that DD requested to go backpacking for her birthday, and want to make it as special as possible!
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Re: Mosquitoes at Thousand Island area vs. Sabrina Basin?

Postby Cycleboy » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:03 am

My wife and I are in a similar boat. Planning on Sabrina starting the 20th. Have been contemplating changing plan due not just to bugs but snow level. We intended on staying at Hungry Packer or Moonlight. Still on the fence about whether it'll be enjoyable or not.
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Re: Mosquitoes at Thousand Island area vs. Sabrina Basin?

Postby mangomegan » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:15 pm

Cycleboy: what do you know about the snow level in that area?
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Re: Mosquitoes at Thousand Island area vs. Sabrina Basin?

Postby Jimr » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:51 pm

Hungry packer is very limited in camp sites. There is one right off of the trail on the left going up. Anything else is pretty iffy and a steep climb down and up for water. It took me a long time to find a spot for one two person tent.
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Re: Mosquitoes at Thousand Island area vs. Sabrina Basin?

Postby Cycleboy » Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:56 am

Mangomegan, I called White Mtn Ranger Stn in Bishop and their take was that Hungry Packer may have snow and the higher lakes would for sure (Echo, Sunset). I've been in that basin the past 4 years, so pretty familiar with the area. May still go for it and stay near Moonlight or Topsy Turvy. Then again I floated the idea of going somewhere tropical instead and my wife's eyes kinda lit up.
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Re: Mosquitoes at Thousand Island area vs. Sabrina Basin?

Postby mangomegan » Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:00 am

Thanks for the info. I was going to call today.

We're hoping to stay at Sailor Lake and dayhike up higher--we'll see :)
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