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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 19 Saturday A chance of snow showers after 2pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
April 19 Saturday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a chance of showers between 8pm and 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. West wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
April 20 Sunday A slight chance of rain and snow showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
April 20 Sunday Night A slight chance of rain showers before 11pm, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
April 21 Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
April 21 Monday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Windy, with a south southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
April 22 Tuesday A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Windy, with a southwest wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.
 
April 22 Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 30 mph decreasing to 20 to 25 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.
 
April 23 Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 43. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
April 23 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.
 
April 24 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southwest in the morning.
 
April 24 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. West wind around 5 mph becoming south in the evening.
 
April 25 Friday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. South southwest wind 5 to 10 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!