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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
November 19 Wednesday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Increasing clouds, with a low around 19. Wind chill values as low as -3. Windy, with a west wind 45 to 48 mph, with gusts as high as 70 mph. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
November 20 Thursday Snow. High near 20. Wind chill values as low as -3. Windy, with a west wind 36 to 46 mph decreasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 70 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
November 20 Thursday Night A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Wind chill values as low as -4. Blustery, with a west northwest wind 18 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
November 21 Friday Snow, mainly after 4pm. High near 30. Wind chill values as low as -2. Windy, with a west southwest wind 26 to 36 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
 
November 21 Friday Night Snow. Low around 22. Windy, with a west wind 55 to 65 mph, with gusts as high as 95 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.
 
November 22 Saturday Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 20. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
 
November 22 Saturday Night Snow showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
November 23 Sunday A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 17. Windy.
 
November 23 Sunday Night A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Windy.
 
November 24 Monday A slight chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 24. Windy.
 
November 24 Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Windy.
 
November 25 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Windy.
 
November 25 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Windy.
 
November 26 Wednesday A slight chance of snow. Sunny, with a high near 30. Windy.
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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!