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
January 26 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a steady temperature around 18. Blustery, with a northwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. 
 
January 27 Monday  Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 30. North northwest wind 5 to 15 mph. 
 
January 27 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 20. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
January 28 Tuesday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
January 28 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 14. West wind around 15 mph becoming north after midnight. 
 
January 29 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Blustery, with a north northeast wind around 20 mph. 
 
January 29 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. Northeast wind around 15 mph. 
 
January 30 Thursday  Partly sunny, with a high near 36. North wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
January 30 Thursday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
January 31 Friday  Partly sunny, with a high near 40. North wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
January 31 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. North wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
February 1 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 44. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 25 mph becoming east northeast in the morning. 
 
February 1 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming east after midnight. 
 
February 2 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 41. South 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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