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.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE CURRENT WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE MT RITTER / BANNER PEAK / ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS AREAS AT 10,591 FT
September 17 Thursday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers after 11pm. Snow level 11000 feet rising to 12400 feet after midnight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. 
 
September 18 Friday  A 40 percent chance of showers. Snow level 12100 feet rising to 13000 feet. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Windy, with a southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. 
 
September 18 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Windy, with a southwest wind 20 to 30 mph decreasing to 10 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. 
 
September 19 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 54. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
September 19 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northeast in the evening. 
 
September 20 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 57. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. 
 
September 20 Sunday Night  Clear, with a low around 36. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
September 21 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 55. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
September 21 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
September 22 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
September 22 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 37. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. 
 
September 23 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 58. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. 
 
September 23 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 38. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. 
 
September 24 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 58. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. 
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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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