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
November 17 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 23. West wind 5 to 15 mph. 
 
November 18 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 44. South wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
November 18 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph. 
 
November 19 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
November 19 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
November 20 Monday  A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
November 20 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
November 21 Tuesday  A slight chance of rain and snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
November 21 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind around 15 mph. 
 
November 22 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
November 22 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Southwest wind around 15 mph. 
 
November 23 Thanksgiving Day  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
November 23 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
November 24 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Southwest wind around 15 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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