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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 below report is at the 10,591 ft level. It will give you a good idea of the weather conditions at camping spots such as Thousand Island Lake, Garnet Lake, and Ediza Lake.

Thursday  12/1  Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 20. Wind chill values as low as zero. Windy, with a south southwest wind 30 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 14 to 20 inches possible.
 
Thursday Night 12/1  Snow, mainly before 10pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -9. Windy, with a southwest wind 30 to 40 mph decreasing to 20 to 30 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible.
 
Friday 12/2  Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 25. Wind chill values as low as -5. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
Friday Night 12/2  A 30 percent chance of snow after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Wind chill values as low as 4. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
Saturday 12/3  Snow, mainly after 10am. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 24. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 10 to 14 inches possible.
 
Saturday Night 12/3  Snow before 10pm, then snow showers between 10pm and 4am, then snow after 4am. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 20. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 9 to 13 inches possible.
 
Sunday 12/4  Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 22. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
 
Sunday Night 12/4  Snow likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Southwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
Monday 12/5  A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 17. West southwest wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
Monday Night 12/5  A 20 percent chance of snow before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 6. West wind around 5 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
Tuesday 12/6  Sunny and cold, with a high near 19. West wind around 5 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.
 
Tuesday Night 12/6  Mostly clear, with a low around 6. West northwest wind around 5 mph.
 
Wednesday 12/7  Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 19. West wind around 5 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.

Above Weather Report Powered by the National Weather Service

Shasta Lake Helen

Photo shows North Side of River Trail

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!


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