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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
April 11 Friday Scattered snow showers after noon. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. East northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
April 11 Friday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
April 12 Saturday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
April 12 Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. Northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
April 13 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
April 13 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 26. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
April 14 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
April 14 Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Breezy, with a southwest wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
April 15 Tuesday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a west southwest wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
 
April 15 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
 
April 16 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
 
April 16 Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Breezy, with a west wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
April 17 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 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!