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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 27 Monday   Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 67. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph.
 
July 27 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 40. South southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.
 
July 28 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 70. North wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
 
July 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 44. East wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
July 29 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 72. South southeast wind around 5 mph.
 
July 29 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight.
 
July 30 Thursday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. East southeast wind around 10 mph.
 
July 30 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph after midnight.
 
July 31 Friday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Southeast wind around 10 mph.
 
July 31 Friday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming northeast in the evening.
 
August 1 Saturday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 68. Calm wind.
 
August 1 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.
 
August 2 Sunday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. West 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!