Sierra: South to North Lakes loop: mosquitos question
Jun 16, 2021 at 7:12 pm #3718978
I’m anxious to get out into the mountains while they’re not on fire. So, I got a permit for a South Lake/Bishop pass trip starting 6/21. Going for a week.
Would you expect the mosquitos to be bad then? I’m wondering if I should cool my jets and go a couple of weeks later. I”m planning on wearing long pants and shirt sleeves and bringing a headnet. But if it’s awful much of the time, bug-wise, it might not be much fun.
What do you think? How are you planning around top-bug-pressure timing?Jun 16, 2021 at 7:32 pm #3718979DWR DBPL Member
Hard to predict the hatches… each lake and meadow can be different. I would plan on them. Things are drying up ahead of normal so the bugs will likely be out also ahead of normal… which means now or soon. You could spray your cloths with permethrin… helps… and try to camp in breezy places away from standing water…Jun 16, 2021 at 9:26 pm #3718993
DWR D Yeah, the bugs will probably be out in force around then.
So, how do you make the most of getting out into the Sierra? Do you wait till late July and August? I’m kind of confounded on how to schedule trips when it’s likely to be another smoky August and September.Jun 16, 2021 at 10:04 pm #3718997Bao BBPL Member
I finished hike to Rae Lake just couple days ago and the mosquitos are already out. They are varies between lakes and meadow like DWR D mentioned. Other area like 60 Lake Basin that I went to is pretty bad. Like there are swamp of mosquitos will continue try to bite you even when you are walking. So I highly recommend to treat your cloth with some type of bug treatment before you head out. This will reduce your chance to get bit.
I personally only hike either early season or end of season to avoid mosquitos. Mid May to mid June is perfect time to hike in the Sierra. Nights can be chilly, snow might be present on trail, but you can get a beautiful scenery views wherever you go. Mid-September to October is another windows I like to hike since mosquitos are basically low at that time of year. Yet you have to deal with potential fire/random snow in the Sierra.
Anyway, I really hope you have a great time on this trail! Please keep us updated when you get back!Jun 16, 2021 at 10:22 pm #3718998
Bao B Thanks for the ideas. I just might have to learn how to use an ice ax and microspikes before next May and do like you do—get out early!
At this point, I’m kind of thinking I’ll postpone a couple of weeks. Not sure if that will help all that much with the mozzies. I’ll see.Jun 16, 2021 at 11:10 pm #3719001
Bao B Do you have suggestions for places to backpack for the times you’re avoiding the Sierra bugs?
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