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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
April 24 Friday   A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 35 by 5pm. West southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
April 24 Friday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Windy, with a southwest wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
April 25 Saturday   Snow showers, mainly before 11am. Some thunder is also possible. High near 38. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
 
April 25 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph becoming north northwest in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.
 
April 26 Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 50. North wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
April 26 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 28. Blustery, with a north northeast wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
 
April 27 Monday   Sunny, with a high near 58. Breezy, with a north northeast wind around 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
April 27 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 32. Northeast wind around 15 mph.
 
April 28 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 62. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming west northwest in the morning.
 
April 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight.
 
April 29 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 58. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
April 29 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
 
April 30 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 56. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 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!