Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California, USA

Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California

 

Located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, the Ansel Adams Wilderness is a wilderness area encompassing 937 square kilometers (362 square miles or 231,533 acres). Within the Ansel Adams Wilderness are glaciated mountains including Mount Ritter, Banner Peak, and the Minarets, all of which are part of the Ritter Range. The wilderness area is also home to many lakes, including Shadow Lake, Thousand Island Lake, Lake Ediza, and Garnet Lake. A popular feature located in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is Devils Postpile National Monument, an unusually symmetrical formation of columnar basalt. Visitors to the wilderness area can enjoy 562 kilometers (349 miles) of hiking trails, opportunities for technical rock climbing on the Minarets, and cross-country skiing at Mammoth Mountain and June Mountain in the winter.

Banner Peak and Thousand Island Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California

Credit: Mark Wetters

Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California

Banner Peak and Thousand Island Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California

Credit: Mark Wetters

Minarets Lake Ediza, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California

Banner Peak and Thousand Island Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California

Shadow Creek, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California

Credit: Rob Kroenert

Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California

Credit: Brian Tobin

The Minarets and Lake Ediza, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California

Ritter Range and Garnet Lake, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California

Devils Postpile National Monument, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California

Ediza Creek Falls, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada, California