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
October 22 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 24. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. 
 
October 23 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 44. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
October 23 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. 
 
October 24 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 46. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
October 24 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 27. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. 
 
October 25 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind around 5 mph. 
 
October 25 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29. North wind around 10 mph. 
 
October 26 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 54. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. 
 
October 26 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Northwest wind around 10 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
October 27 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 52. East southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning. 
 
October 27 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30. West southwest wind around 15 mph becoming south southeast in the evening. 
 
October 28 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
October 28 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
October 29 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West southwest wind around 15 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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