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
November 27 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the evening. 
 
November 28 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 36. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. 
 
November 28 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21. Northwest wind around 5 mph. 
 
November 29 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. 
 
November 29 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
November 30 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 35. West northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
November 30 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 22. North northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
December 1 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 35. Northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
December 1 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21. Northeast wind around 10 mph. 
 
December 2 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 35. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
December 2 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 19. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
December 3 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 33. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
December 3 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 18. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
December 4 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 35. Northeast wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 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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