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
July 22 Sunday Night  Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11pm. Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 
 
July 23 Monday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Partly sunny, with a high near 64. South wind around 5 mph becoming northeast in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 
 
July 23 Monday Night  Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11pm. Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. 
 
July 24 Tuesday  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind. 
 
July 24 Tuesday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northeast 5 to 10 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. 
 
July 25 Wednesday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Widespread haze. Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. East wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. 
 
July 25 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming east northeast 5 to 10 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
July 26 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. 
 
July 26 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
July 27 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 68. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the morning. 
 
July 27 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. West southwest wind around 10 mph becoming east in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. 
 
July 28 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 67. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the morning. 
 
July 28 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. South wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
July 29 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 66. Calm wind becoming south around 5 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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