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
June 17 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 36. North wind around 10 mph. 
 
June 18 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 55. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
June 18 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 37. North wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
June 19 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 57. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. 
 
June 19 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 36. West wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
June 20 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 52. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the morning. 
 
June 20 Thursday Night  Clear, with a low around 33. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
June 21 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 47. West wind around 15 mph. 
 
June 21 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
June 22 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 49. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. 
 
June 22 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north after midnight. 
 
June 23 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 50. East wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. 
 
June 23 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 32. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
June 24 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the morning. 
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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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