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
February 24 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 4. Wind chill values as low as -11. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
February 25 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Wind chill values as low as zero. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
February 25 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 14. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
February 26 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 30. West northwest wind around 10 mph. 
 
February 26 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 11. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
February 27 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 24. North wind around 15 mph. 
 
February 27 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 8. North northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
February 28 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 28. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
February 28 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 14. West wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
March 1 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
March 1 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
March 2 Tuesday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. North wind around 10 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
March 2 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
March 3 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts 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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