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
October 15 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 47. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. 
 
October 15 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming north northwest after midnight. 
 
October 16 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming south in the morning. 
 
October 16 Saturday Night  Increasing clouds, with a low around 28. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
October 17 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. 
 
October 17 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. 
 
October 18 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 34. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. 
 
October 18 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 22. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
October 19 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 42. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
October 19 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. South southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
October 20 Wednesday  Partly sunny, with a high near 39. South southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
October 20 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
October 21 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Southwest wind 5 to 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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