Ansel Adams Wilderness

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Formerly known as Minarets Wilderness, the name of this large and magnificent region was changed in 1984 to honor Ansel Adams, the noted photographer and environmentalist. You'll find rugged country here that includes the dramatic alpine scenery east of the Sierra crest, and the North Fork, Middle Fork, and lower South Fork of the San Joaquin River, with their deep, granite-walled gorges and their plentitude of rainbow, golden, and brook trout. The Minarets Range offers challenges for experienced climbers. Elevations range from about 7,000 feet to 14,000 feet, and some of the lower stretches display scattered benches, small plateaus, and a dense forest cover divided by sparkling streams and lakes. The central portion contains numerous mountain lakes. Rich in wildlife, this area is a summer range for large herds of deer.

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