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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
March 2 Monday Snow showers likely, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 28. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
 
March 2 Monday Night A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
March 3 Tuesday Partly sunny, with a high near 30. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
March 3 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
March 4 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 41. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
March 4 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 20. East northeast wind around 5 mph becoming north in the evening.
 
March 5 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 47. East wind around 5 mph.
 
March 5 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Calm wind.
 
March 6 Friday Sunny, with a high near 50. South wind around 5 mph.
 
March 6 Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Calm wind becoming south southeast around 5 mph in the evening.
 
March 7 Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. South wind around 5 mph.
 
March 7 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. West southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
March 8 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. West southwest wind around 5 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!