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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
August 24 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
August 25 Thursday  Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. 
 
August 25 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 41. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. 
 
August 26 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
 
August 26 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 40. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the evening. 
 
August 27 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 69. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south in the morning. 
 
August 27 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 42. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
 
August 28 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 70. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
August 28 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 42. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
August 29 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 71. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
August 29 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. West wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
August 30 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 70. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
August 30 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. 
 
August 31 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 70. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 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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