After some searching with no specific luck for the time of year, I thought I'd post some questions. I've done this loop twice, December and January. Great walk. Several of us are now planning to go back in the last weekend of May for a two or three day hike and I'm curious about the ticks, chiggers, and skeeters. I've dealt with these in the past so I'm really not asking how to cope, but rather, will I see them. Although any suggestions are welcome. I also talked to the local ranger but I thought I'd get some other opinions.
The second bug question, which I haven't camped with, are fire ants. I understand they are there but I think with a good rocky location, they can be avoided. We have them at home, but I've never been on an overnighter with them. Any suggestions? Spray? Garlic and Frijoles?
Any other thoughts about this loop would be welcome.