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Emigrant Wilderness & Mosquitos
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Kasey T.
(sugarsays) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Emigrant Wilderness & Mosquitos on 07/30/2012 10:09:29 MDT Print View

Hi ~ I'm heading out to Emigrant Wilderness the week of Aug. 5th for 5 days starting out at Crabtree. I'm curious if anyone has been there recently and could give me tips on what to expect weather wise and if mosquitos are still infesting the area? I'm assuming the wet weather has dried out by now, but who knows.

Also, any suggestions on your favorite places & itinerary would be helpful!


USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Emigrant Wilderness & Mosquitos on 07/30/2012 11:19:56 MDT Print View

From past experience, anything with "meadow" attached to the name = mosquitoes.

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
Plan for Mosquitoes on 07/30/2012 12:39:27 MDT Print View

I was not too far away two weeks ago - Grouse Ridge / Five Lakes Basin - and found them to be just a little thicker than imwould like without a Headnet. Now that was only in the morning and at dusk, but I have since ordered a headnet for my next weekend trip to the PCT from Donner Summit south.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
Plan for Mosquitoes on 07/30/2012 13:58:37 MDT Print View

Long ways from 80 to the Emigrant Wilderness. We had some at Island Lake a month ago. Sounds like they are still around.

Richard Gless
(rgless) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Emigrant Wilderness & Mosquitos on 07/30/2012 14:16:06 MDT Print View

For what it's worth, I went into Piute Lake from Crabtree on July 10. The mosquitoes weren't bad on the trail. At Piute Lake I camped on the ridge above and South of the Lake and they weren't too bad. Deet worked well, and I didn't need a headnet. I talked to some guys who camped in the trees by the lake and they said the mosquitoes were pretty bad. No real problems with mosquitoes coming out the Pine Valley trail back to Crabtree.

Earlier, on June 11 I went cross country into Granite Lake from Crabtree. Above Bear Lake the mosquitoes were horrendous, and I hiked with a headnet. They backed off by about 10 pm at night.

Kasey T.
(sugarsays) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Mosquitos on 07/30/2012 15:55:31 MDT Print View

I plan to deet those little suckers. Thanks guys!

Kasey T.
(sugarsays) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Mosquitos .. Bear Spray? on 07/30/2012 16:02:17 MDT Print View

Also for the folks that backpack through this area, would you suggest carrying bear spray? I hear bears are minimal in this area and tend to leave people alone?

Rafi Harzahav
(rhz10) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
emigrant insects on 07/30/2012 17:54:15 MDT Print View


I will be heading to Emigrant Wilderness with some friends this weekend as well. I would certainly take a headnet as well as deet. As for bear spray, I have not brought any for previous trips and, yes, others have told us that bears are pretty shy there.

Have fun


Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: Mosquitos .. Bear Spray? on 07/30/2012 18:10:45 MDT Print View

You can save the bear spray for griz country--California bears would like your food, thankyavermuch, but not you, yourself. Areas requiring canisters have peskier bears; there, you're more likely to actually see one.

We're past peak mosquito season, generally speaking, so you can probably avoid them by picking your campsite carefully.

Enjoy your trip--it's a great area.



Jay Tesik
(Jtesik) - MLife
Emigrant Wilderness & Mosquitos on 07/30/2012 19:03:49 MDT Print View

We were there on 20/21 July for a quick trip to Woods Lake and back and brought back 1 mosquito bite. They were pretty much no where to be found.

The one thing you want to be careful about is planning your water stops. The creeks between Crabtree and Woods Lake are dry (a couple of puddles here and there). Unfortunately it's not drink as you go.

We are also going on the 4th for 7 days and we're bringing the headnets and DEET.


Kasey T.
(sugarsays) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: Mosquitos .. Bear Spray? on 07/30/2012 19:29:58 MDT Print View

Thanks Rick! Hopefully the don't get my food either, because I will be hungry...and skinnayy! Hmm.. Not a bad idea now that i think about it..jk. Planning to hang my food, so i think that will be sufficient. :)

Jay- cool, I was wondering about water source. According to the Tom Harrison map, there are quite a few lakes along the way. Though I'm a bit curious about horses and their excrement near creeks, streams and lakes. One bite is not so bad, it would be a miracle if I could get away with one bite. Have fun on your trip, maybe I'll see you on the trails!

Edited by sugarsays on 07/30/2012 19:44:02 MDT.

Kiel Senninger
(Kiel.S.) - F

Locale: San Diego
mosquitos on 07/30/2012 20:23:31 MDT Print View

I was just up there the 27-29. I went from Kennedy Meadows to Ridge Lake. I brought DEET but never used it. I have maybe 2 mosquito bites. They were most annoying around the edge of the lake at sunset, but surprisingly I only noticed a couple flying around in the wooded/grassy areas.

chris Nelson

Locale: San Francisco
Re: mosquitos on 07/30/2012 23:54:30 MDT Print View

I was a little further east of Kennedy last weekend and no mosquitos at all.

As for bear spray. I don't really think you need it but the time you need it is when you don't have it.....

Have a great trip!