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
February 11 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -18. Windy, with a southwest wind 15 to 25 mph increasing to 25 to 35 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. 
 
February 12 Tuesday  A slight chance of snow showers between 10am and 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. Wind chill values as low as -16. Windy, with a southwest wind around 35 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
February 12 Tuesday Night  Snow showers, mainly after 10pm. Low around 16. Wind chill values as low as -6. Windy, with a south wind 30 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. 
 
February 13 Wednesday  Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 26. Wind chill values as low as -4. Very windy, with a south southwest wind 35 to 40 mph increasing to 40 to 45 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 18 to 24 inches possible. 
 
February 13 Wednesday Night  Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 20. Very windy, with a southwest wind 45 to 50 mph decreasing to 35 to 40 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 26 to 32 inches possible. 
 
February 14 Thursday  Snow showers likely. The snow could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Very windy, with a southwest wind 35 to 45 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 16 to 22 inches possible. 
 
February 14 Thursday Night  Snow showers likely, mainly before 10pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Windy, with a south southwest wind 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible. 
 
February 15 Friday  Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 21. Windy, with a southwest wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
 
February 15 Friday Night  Snow showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Windy, with a southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
February 16 Saturday  A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 17. Windy, with a west southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. 
 
February 16 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 5. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. 
 
February 17 Sunday  Snow showers likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 13. Breezy, with a west wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
February 17 Sunday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly clear, with a low around 1. Windy, with a north wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. 
 
February 18 Washington's Birthday  A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Sunny, with a high near 16. Windy, with a north northwest wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 40 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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