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
February 27 Monday   A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to near 26 by noon, then falling to around 19 during the remainder of the day. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. 
 
February 27 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -5. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
February 28 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Wind chill values as low as -3. West southwest wind around 5 mph. 
 
February 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 13. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
 
March 1 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 39. Northeast wind around 5 mph. 
 
March 1 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 17. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph. 
 
March 2 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 43. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
March 2 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21. West northwest wind around 5 mph. 
 
March 3 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 43. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
March 3 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
March 4 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
March 4 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. Windy, with a southwest wind 30 to 35 mph increasing to 35 to 40 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. 
 
March 5 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Windy, with a west wind 30 to 40 mph decreasing to 20 to 30 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 50 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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