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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 below report is at the 10,591 ft level. It will give you a good idea of the weather conditions at camping spots such as Thousand Island Lake, Garnet Lake, and Ediza Lake.

January 24 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 15. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
January 25 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 25. North northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
January 25 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 10. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
January 26 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 31. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
January 26 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 16. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
January 27 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 33. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
January 27 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
January 28 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
January 28 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. West northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
January 29 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
January 29 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
January 30 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 35. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Above Weather Report Powered by the National Weather Service

Shasta Lake Helen

Photo shows North Side of River Trail

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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