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
August 21 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 42. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
August 22 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 61. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
August 22 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. 
 
August 23 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 62. East wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. 
 
August 23 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
August 24 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 62. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
August 24 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 44. West wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
August 25 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
August 25 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northwest after midnight. 
 
August 26 Monday  Partly sunny, with a high near 64. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the morning. 
 
August 26 Monday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. West wind around 10 mph becoming north in the evening. 
 
August 27 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west southwest in the afternoon. 
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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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