Thousand Island Lake below Mt Ritter
Originally called the Minarets Wilderness, it was renamed to honor photographer, Ansel Adams, in 1984. Covering over 230,258 acres, it contains incredible glacial valleys, high alpine lakes and peaks including the highest peak, Mt Ritter at 13,150 feet.
The wilderness is located southeast of Yosemite National Park and goes all the way south to Lake Thomas Edison. The John Muir Trail (JMT) (a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)) passes through the heart of the wilderness. It can be reached from either side of the Sierra. The majority of backpackers enter the wilderness from the east, starting in the Mammoth Lakes area (near Devils Postpile National Monument), or from the south near Lake Thomas Edison at the Vermilion Valley Resort. It can also be accessed from June Lake, as well, as distant trailheads outside Oakhurst, CA. Permits are required for all overnight stays, and are avail from either Sierra or Inyo National Forest depending on where you begin your trip. See our detailed Sierra Wilderness Permit Page.
Check out our Central Sierra Trail Map to help you explore the Ansel Adams Wilderness area.
Rush Creek or Devils Postpile are the best access from the east, Mono Creek is best from the south
A link to the Reds Meadow Shuttle from Mammoth Mountain (running mid-June to mid-September)
Yosemite Area Rapid Transit in the Mammoth area….YARTS
A Sierra Nevada Shuttles page — from climber.org
Private trailhead transfer — from MAWS
Another private trailhead transfer — from Sierra Shuttle Service
A list of the the best destinations in Ansel Adams Wilderness from The Outbound
An informative post for a backpacking itinerary from Summit Hikes
Another nice write up about backpacking from Sonja Saxe
Four must see day hikes from Wonder Farr
Ansel Adams Wilderness page from Summit Post
A link to the Inyo National Forest page
Detailed Info from Sierrawild.gov