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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
May 23 Monday   Snow showers likely after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Increasing clouds, with a high near 40. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. 
 
May 23 Monday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light south southwest in the evening. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 24 Tuesday  Snow showers likely, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. West southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. 
 
May 24 Tuesday Night  Snow showers likely. Some thunder is also possible. Cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind around 5 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. 
 
May 25 Wednesday  Snow showers likely, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. 
 
May 25 Wednesday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. North wind 5 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. 
 
May 26 Thursday  A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
May 26 Thursday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. 
 
May 27 Friday  A slight chance of rain and snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
May 27 Friday Night  A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
May 28 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Southwest wind around 15 mph. 
 
May 28 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. 
 
May 29 Sunday  A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
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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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