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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 22 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
October 23 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
October 23 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 35. South southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
October 24 Friday Sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
October 24 Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
October 25 Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Windy, with a south southwest wind 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph.
 
October 25 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Very windy, with a southwest wind 30 to 35 mph increasing to 40 to 45 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 60 mph.
 
October 26 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 41. Windy, with a west southwest wind 25 to 35 mph decreasing to 15 to 25 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.
 
October 26 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 27. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northwest in the evening.
 
October 27 Monday Sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming west southwest in the morning.
 
October 27 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 30. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
October 28 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
 
October 28 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Very windy, with a west southwest wind 40 to 45 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph.
 
October 29 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Windy, with a west northwest wind 30 to 40 mph decreasing to 20 to 30 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 55 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!