Ansel Adams Wilderness

The Ansel Adams Wilderness is a sanctuary from the type of wilderness area in the U.S. state of California. The area is located on the ridge of the Sierra Nevada and covers an area of approximately 935 km ². It bears the name of Ansel Adams (1902-1984), an American nature photographers, have been contributed by the Sierra essential to their popularity and as a result protect its pictures today.

In the north of the Wilderness is adjacent to the Yosemite National Park, on the southeast by the John Muir Wilderness. The area belongs to the west of the ridge to the Sierra National Forest, east of the Inyo National Forest, two national forest areas, and is managed jointly by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service. Within the wilderness lies the little Devils Postpile National Monument.


The reserve was established in 1964 as the Minarets Wilderness, to secure an undeveloped part of the Sierra - main ridge permanently. In 1984 it was expanded to more than 35 km ² and at that time it was shortly after Ansel Adams ' death also its present name. As a Wilderness Area, there are no touristic or other infrastructure, there are no roads, but 550 km routes it to be entertained, including shares of long-distance trails John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.

Permitted uses are trekking and trail riding. Because of its proximity to Yosemite National Park, and large population centers, the Ansel Adams Wilderness is one of the few Wilderness Areas in which special measures for the protection of nature and their experience of too many visitors are required. Thus, for visitors who want to stay overnight in the wilderness, lays down quotas and registration is in much of the year months in advance required. Tents and store is permitted only in designated areas, ground fires are banned.

The highest point in the area is Mount Knight with 4005 m. Other notable peaks include The Minarets ( 3735 m) and Banner Peak ( 3880 m). In reserve arises from the San Joaquin River, one of the two main rivers of the California Longitudinal Valley.