You know... they have been pretty variable. This most recent trip they were not very bad. Numbers seemed low and they weren’t particularly aggressive. They were also different in different areas. Two weeks ago they were hungrier. Not sure I would say they are getting better just yet. All of my recent forays have had me moving pretty much all day long so they do bother me less. When I stopped by a water source for lunch Saturday they were only mildly bothersome.
So glad to hear you’re back at it!Did my first backpack post-surgery to Island Lake west of the Crystal Lake/Trial Lake trailhead. It went pretty well but I am still way behind normal conditioning. The wildflowers were superb. I describe the bugs as "moderate". Not too bad really. The gnats and the flies were as bad as the mozzies. Bug juice on my hat made it unnecessary on my face and neck. A fine weekend in the mountains but very crowded.
Do a little searching here and you will find accounts. Such as: https://backcountrypost.com/threads/amethyst-pass-route-across-the-uintas-divide.1311/I'm curious if anyone has ever been over any of the passes immediately south of either Amethyst Lake, Priord Lake, or Allsop Lake. Anyone have any experience doing that or heard of someone who has? Thanks to anyone with info!
Been quite the year! Thanks for the update.I'll give a brief update:
I started at the highline trailhead at 191 on 7/5. Meadows and parks were soaked, and water was somewhat scarce for the first couple days. I couldn't find the trail in the 2 miles leading to the Leidy Peak trailhead -- the cairns were either hidden by fast-growing trees or missing.
Leidy peak had some soft snowfields.
Gabbro Pass had a 100' hard snow crest. Looked worse than it was, but an ice axe felt more secure. microspikes and poles would have worked.
North pole pass had hip deep mashed potato snow that went on for a couple hundred yards. Incredibly slow and frustrating.
Anderson had a number of snow fields on the east side. Kings peak was mostly done on rocks; snow was pretty soft and most people did it without ice axes.
West side of Anderson had a number of frozen hard snow couloirs over the trail -- slip on one and you go down 60 feet to a cliff. I chopped steps. Eventually I glissaded down and found myself in a mostly non-melted-out basin walking about 50% time in thigh deep suncupped snow fields; the remainder was on wet muddy meadows.
Porcupine had similar issues -- a couple of coulouirs over cliffs. If I'd had a partner and a rope, I might have been able to go faster, but I thought it imprudent since I only saw people on the trail at Kings Peak.
After that, I exited at Moon Lake -- got sick of having my feet wet and cold all of the time, and I'd already walked nearly 100 miles -- didn't see the point of trying to hack my way across Red Knob / Dead Horse.
All in all, great hike, but I wish I'd done it slightly later or in a lower snow year.
I did the pass above Priord Lake across to Upper Rock Creek a few years ago. My trip report can be seen at https://backcountrypost.com/threads/solo-uintas-loop-from-east-fork-of-the-bear.2440/#post-27395I'm curious if anyone has ever been over any of the passes immediately south of either Amethyst Lake, Priord Lake, or Allsop Lake. Anyone have any experience doing that or heard of someone who has? Thanks to anyone with info!
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