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
May 26 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. 
 
May 27 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. 
 
May 27 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph after midnight. 
 
May 28 Sunday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. East southeast wind around 5 mph. 
 
May 28 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind around 5 mph becoming east in the evening. 
 
May 29 Memorial Day  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Southeast wind around 5 mph. 
 
May 29 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. 
 
May 30 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. East wind around 5 mph becoming south southeast in the morning. 
 
May 30 Tuesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
May 31 Wednesday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. South wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
May 31 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. South southwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
June 1 Thursday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 62. South wind around 5 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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