Ansel Adams Wilderness

Located in the Inyo and the Sierra National Forests in California.

Formerly the Minarets Wilderness, the Ansel Adams was renamed in 1984 to honor the famous photographer and environmentalist. The wilderness is a rugged area that includes the high country east of the Sierra crest. The wilderness includes the North Fork, Middle Fork and lower South Fork San Joaquin River, spectacular alpine scenery, and deep granite-walled gorges. Lower elevations have scattered benches and small plateaus. Perennial streams and several lakes can be found within the wilderness. There is a variety of wildlife and fish. The wilderness is the summer range for deer. Elevations vary from 7,000 to 14,000 feet, with the central part of the wilderness containing many lakes. The Pacific Crest and John Muir trails cross the area.

This area is heavily used. Portable stoves are recommended and wood fires are prohibited in some areas. Firewood is scarce above 10,000 feet elevation. A quota system is in effect the last Friday in June through Sept. 15. Visitor permits are required and reservations are advisable.

For further information contact: Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts, Inyo National Forest -Or- Minarets and Pineridge Ranger Districts, Sierra National Forest

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 19 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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