Mosquitoes out in high country |

Mosquitoes out in high country

Adam Jensen


Pack your insect repellent and get out of town; the snow from late winter storms is receding from Desolation Wilderness’ upper reaches.

Patchy white snowfields and sporadic wildflowers provide early summer accents to the granite backdrop that accompanies forays into the 63,960-acre wilderness area just beyond Lake Tahoe’s southwest shore.

Small patches of snow persisted in the Haypress Meadows area (elevation 8,300 feet) near Lake of the Woods and the south-facing side of Dicks Pass (9,360 feet) on July 11.

A lengthy snowfield covering much of the north-facing side of the pass can make for slippery walking and some trail-searching, but the courageous are rewarded with magnificent views of Jacks Peak, Dicks Peak and Lake Tahoe.

Along with lush vegetation, winter runoff provides ample breeding grounds for mosquitos, so insect repellent is highly recommended.

But avoiding mosquitos is no reason to avoid this spectacular wilderness area so close to home.