THE ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS spans an area of 231,533 acres. Elevations within the wilderness range from 3,500 ft at Hells Half Acre along the Middle Fork San Joaquin River, to 13,157ft at the summit of Mt. Ritter. It is arguably some of the most beautiful landscape to be found anywhere in the world.

The wilderness was renamed from the Minarets Wilderness to honour the famous landscape photographer and environmentalist by the 1984 California Wilderness Act. The 1984 law also more than doubled the size of the Minarets Wilderness, extending it south from its original southern boundary in the vicinity of Hemlock Crossing and Devils Postpile all the way to its current extent near Lake Thomas Edison.

Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak along with the Minarets are awe inspiring for climbers and outdoors men of all types. John Muir considered the alpine beauty in this area to be unsurpassed by any other terrain in all the range. He also considered Ediza Lake to be the most beautiful of all the multitudes of lakes in the Sierra.

The 10,591 ft level gives you a good idea of the weather conditions at camping spots such as Thousand Island Lake, Garnet Lake, and Ediza Lake.

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THE FOLLOWING IS THE CURRENT WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE MT RITTER / BANNER PEAK / ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS AREAS AT 10,591 FT
August 18 Friday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West wind around 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. 
 
August 19 Saturday  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Increasing clouds, with a high near 64. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 
 
August 19 Saturday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 42. West southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east northeast after midnight. 
 
August 20 Sunday  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. East wind around 5 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 
 
August 20 Sunday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
August 21 Monday  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. 
 
August 21 Monday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast in the evening. 
 
August 22 Tuesday  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
 
August 22 Tuesday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. 
 
August 23 Wednesday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. South wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
August 23 Wednesday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
August 24 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 63. Light and variable wind becoming south southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. 
 
August 24 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 39. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
August 25 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 64. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
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Shasta Lake Helen

North Side of River Trail to the Left

Psalm 8:3-9
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!


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