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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.

Saturday  11/26  Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 33. Wind chill values as low as 15. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
Saturday Night 11/26  Mostly clear, with a steady temperature around 20. Wind chill values as low as 11. West wind around 5 mph.
 
Sunday 11/27  Widespread frost after 5pm. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 33. Wind chill values as low as 11. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
Sunday Night 11/27  Widespread frost before 7pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 18. Wind chill values as low as 7. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
Monday 11/28  Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 24. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
Monday Night 11/28  Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
Tuesday 11/29  Sunny and cold, with a high near 26. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
Tuesday Night 11/29  Mostly clear, with a low around 14. West southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
Wednesday 11/30  Sunny and cold, with a high near 28. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
Wednesday Night 11/30  A 10 percent chance of snow after 4am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. Southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
Thursday 12/1  A 30 percent chance of snow. Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 22. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
Thursday Night 12/1  A 50 percent chance of snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
Friday 12/2  A 40 percent chance of snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 22. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 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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