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
December 12 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 15. East northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the evening. 
 
December 13 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 36. West southwest wind around 10 mph. 
 
December 13 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the evening. 
 
December 14 Friday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. East wind around 10 mph. 
 
December 14 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. West northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
December 15 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. South southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
December 15 Saturday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. South wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
December 16 Sunday  A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. Breezy, with a south wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. 
 
December 16 Sunday Night  Snow likely, mainly between 10pm and 4am. The snow could be heavy at times. Cloudy, with a low around 19. Breezy, with a south wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
December 17 Monday  A 50 percent chance of snow, mainly before 10am. The snow could be heavy at times. Cloudy, with a high near 26. Breezy, with a south wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. 
 
December 17 Monday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. West wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
December 18 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
December 18 Tuesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
December 19 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east in the morning. 
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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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