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THE ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS spans an area of 231,533 acres. Elevations within the wilderness range from 3,500ft, 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
August 22 Friday Sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
August 22 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
 
August 23 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 62. West wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
August 23 Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph after midnight.
 
August 24 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 67. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.
 
August 24 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 40. West wind around 5 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.
 
August 25 Monday Sunny, with a high near 65. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south in the morning.
 
August 25 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 40. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
August 26 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 66. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
August 26 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Light east wind becoming east northeast 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
 
August 27 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 68. East southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
August 27 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 42. West wind around 5 mph becoming northeast in the evening.
 
August 28 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 66. Calm wind.
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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!