Originally named the Minarets Wilderness when established in 1964, the wilderness was expanded and renamed in honor of Ansel Adams, well-known environmentalist and nature photographer who is famous for his black and white landscape photographs of the Sierra Nevada. it is now 231,000 acres of quintessential High Sierra backcountry. This was the first of three planned visits, which skirted the eastern margin, just to look at where I would explore next.
From San Joaquin Mtn. (11,597′), Ansel Adams Wilderness. The view, from left-to-right Jon Muir Wilderness, Mammoth Mtn. Kings canyon NP, the Ritter Range (the Minarets, Ritter and Banner), Yosemite NP and Mono Lake. Behind me are the White Mtns. over Bishop, Ca, and the Great basin.
Me and my FastPack…San Joaquin Mtn. (11,597′), Ansel Adams Wilderness
Brewers’s Lupines overlooking the Minarets, Ritter and Banner Mtns.
Native American scraper (2 1/2″ across); found at 10,500′ and about 10 miles away from the Mono Lake crater the obsidian originated; Ansel Adams Wilderness (Yes, I left it there…)
Sunset in the Ansel Adams Wilderness; for about 10 minutes, the snow, cliffs and all turned rosy-pink…
Sunset in the Ansel Adams Wilderness
Carson Peak and numerous waterfalls; Ansel Adams Wilderness
Fern Lake with San Joaquin Mt. in the far background
Paintbrush & Spreading Phlox; Ansel Adams Wilderness