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
January 19 Friday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -8. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
January 20 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 17. Wind chill values as low as -8. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
January 20 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 8. Wind chill values as low as -8. North northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
January 21 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 27. West southwest wind around 10 mph. 
 
January 21 Sunday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
January 22 Monday  A 50 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 30. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
January 22 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 15. West wind around 10 mph. 
 
January 23 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
January 23 Tuesday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
January 24 Wednesday  A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
January 24 Wednesday Night  Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
January 25 Thursday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 22. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. 
 
January 25 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. 
 
January 26 Friday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 27. West wind around 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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