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.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE CURRENT WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE MT RITTER / BANNER PEAK / ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS AREAS AT 10,591 FT
July 27 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 61. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
July 27 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. 
 
July 28 Wednesday  Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Snow level 13800 feet rising to 14500 feet in the afternoon. Increasing clouds, with a high near 60. North wind around 5 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. 
 
July 28 Wednesday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Snow level 14000 feet. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. 
 
July 29 Thursday  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Snow level 13600 feet rising to 14400 feet in the afternoon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. 
 
July 29 Thursday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Snow level 14100 feet. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. 
 
July 30 Friday  Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Snow level 13700 feet rising to 14500 feet in the afternoon. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 
 
July 30 Friday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Snow level 14400 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northwest in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. 
 
July 31 Saturday  A slight chance of showers, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Snow level 14400 feet. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. 
 
July 31 Saturday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Snow level 14500 feet lowering to 13900 feet after midnight . Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
August 1 Sunday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Snow level 13500 feet. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind around 10 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
August 1 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. West wind around 10 mph becoming north after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
August 2 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 60. North northwest wind around 10 mph becoming south southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 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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