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Mosquitoes anyone?

This past weekend, Heather and I took a trip up the PCT north of Donner Lake to Paradise Lake. We've never really backpacked in that area and took a tip from a friend to try it out.

The trip to the trailhead nearly as exciting as the hike itself. Our trusty 4Runner shaved 3 miles off a boring hike to the PCT trailhead. The best part? No other trucks / SUVs took the forest service road. At the top of the road, people walked up to us and ask "You can drive up here?" Gotta love the 4Runner.

In any event, the trip was fun initially, but quickly became a fight to survive against buggers. We were really made aware when a crew was going the opposite way in complete bug prevention gear.

After a 4.5 mile hike in, we arrived in bug city Paradise Lake. And we were not alone. Roughly 20 people greeted us all around the lake on this particular Friday, leaving us with few options.

We finally settled on a granite rock and by this point I had about 15 bug bites. The evening was evening worse with more buggers, forcing Heather to stay in the tent the whole evening!

After a generally unenjoyable night, I had about 40 bites. That was it.

We woke up the next day and packed out. Needless to say, this area was beautiful, but beware of the bugs.