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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.


THE FOLLOWING IS THE CURRENT WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE MT RITTER / BANNER PEAK / ANSEL ADAMS WILDERNESS AREAS AT 10,591 FT
March 30 Monday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
 
March 30 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
March 31 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 48. Windy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
 
March 31 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
 
April 1 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 44. West southwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
April 1 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
April 2 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 38. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming north northeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
April 2 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21. Blustery, with a northeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
April 3 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 48. East wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
April 3 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 24. East southeast wind around 10 mph.
 
April 4 Saturday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph.
 
April 4 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
 
April 5 Sunday   A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Windy, with a west southwest wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 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!