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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
December 19 Friday A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 29. West wind around 15 mph.
 
December 19 Friday Night A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
December 20 Saturday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
December 20 Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. North northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
December 21 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. North northeast wind around 15 mph.
 
December 21 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. North wind around 15 mph.
 
December 22 Monday Sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
December 22 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 27. Blustery, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph becoming south in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
 
December 23 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
December 23 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 26. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
December 24 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Windy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
December 24 Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Windy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
December 25 Christmas Day Partly sunny, with a high near 26. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
December 25 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 15. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
December 26 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. West northwest wind around 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!