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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
October 20 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Windy, with a south southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.
 
October 20 Monday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Windy, with a south southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.
 
October 21 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. West southwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
 
October 21 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 31. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the evening.
 
October 22 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 56. West southwest wind around 5 mph.
 
October 22 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 34. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
October 23 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 57. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph.
 
October 23 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
October 24 Friday Sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a south southwest wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
 
October 24 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Windy, with a south southwest wind 25 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph.
 
October 25 Saturday A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Windy, with a southwest wind 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph.
 
October 25 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
October 26 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 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!