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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
October 30 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
October 30 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
October 31 Friday A 50 percent chance of snow, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Windy, with a south southwest wind 25 to 30 mph increasing to 30 to 35 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
 
October 31 Friday Night Snow. Low around 21. Windy, with a southwest wind 30 to 40 mph decreasing to 20 to 30 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
 
November 1 Saturday Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. North northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
 
November 1 Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. North northeast wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
November 2 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. North wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
November 2 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 19. North northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
November 3 Monday Sunny, with a high near 43. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
November 3 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 27. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
November 4 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 53. North wind around 10 mph.
 
November 4 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
November 5 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 59. Calm wind becoming south southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.
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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!