Spanish Creek Beta

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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby SnowAlien » Fri Aug 26, 2011 11:45 am

We just hiked Cottonwood Creek this past weekend and camped by the lake. No mosquitoes whatsoever. We were surprised. I think a couple of chilly nights took care of them.
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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby CincyBearcats » Sun Aug 28, 2011 6:59 am

Just to confirm other reports, there are currently zero mosquitos along the Spanish Creek approach. We literally did not see a single one.
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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby Matt Lemke » Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:01 am

A couple of chilly nights??? :lol:

I was in the Wind Rivers for 9 days earlier this month where the mosquitos were absolutely terrible. It got below 20 degrees every night! Still biting skeeters the next morning
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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby jdorje » Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:58 am

What I've noticed is that when the snows melt there's a few weeks of extreme swampiness in certain areas, and mosquitoes breed like crazy. It's usually a month of terrible mosquitoes and nothing the rest of the year. This is most evident in the Sangres where there's little precipitation and nothing artificial to curb their numbers.
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Re: Spanish Creek Beta

Postby SteveBonowski » Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:13 pm

Folks: Cottonwood Creek access is not resolved, but the trail is open temporarily just for this summer. Negotiations remain underway with the private property owners in the vicinity. Regarding Spanish Creek, sounds like several persons have done it this year. The trail descriptions given confirm what CMC was thinking several years ago; when we decided to have our focus on the Cottonwood Trail; due to the travel problems on Spanish Creek.

Also, the Spanish Creek trail is next to the Zen Center as well as being on their private property. The Center attracts visitors throughout the year who desire quiet and solitude; a desire that is not completely compatible with an active trail.

I'm curious as to where people parked in order to hike up the Spanish Creek trail. There is no parking available on the road; and the road itself is private. Please PM me; it's a curiosity question only.

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