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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.

Timberline Trails recommends REI and Sierra Design for all your hiking, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering needs.
THE FOLLOWING IS THE CURRENT WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE MT RITTER / BANNER PEAK / ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS AREAS AT 10,591 FT
July 3 Friday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
July 3 Friday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. South southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
July 4 Saturday   A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest 10 to 15 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
 
July 4 Saturday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46. South wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
July 5 Sunday   A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
July 5 Sunday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph after midnight.
 
July 6 Monday   A 20 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
July 6 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. West northwest wind around 5 mph becoming north in the evening.
 
July 7 Tuesday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. East southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
July 7 Tuesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.
 
July 8 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south southeast in the morning.
 
July 8 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming south southeast in the evening.
 
July 9 Thursday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming south in the morning.
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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!