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
April 23 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. 
 
April 24 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. 
 
April 24 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. 
 
April 25 Wednesday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
April 25 Wednesday Night  A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
April 26 Thursday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. South wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
April 26 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. South wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
April 27 Friday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 52. South wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
April 27 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
April 28 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
April 28 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
April 29 Sunday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Southwest wind around 15 mph. 
 
April 29 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
April 30 Monday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 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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