Ansel Adams Wilderness

  

Ansel Adams Wilderness encompasses 232,000 spectacular acres of granite peaks, steep-walled gorges and rock outcroppings. Several small glaciers cling to north and northeast facing slopes of the highest peaks. There are also a number of fairly large lakes on the eastern slope of the precipitous Ritter Range. Elevations range from 3,500 feet to 13,157 feet. The area includes approximately 350 miles of trails, including portions of the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails. 79,000 acres of the Ansel Adams Wilderness are managed by the Inyo National Forest, while the remainder is managed by the Sierra National Forest and Devil’s Postpile National Monument.

At a Glance

Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permits are required for all overnight use.
  • From May 1 to November 1, use is regulated by limited entry quotas.
  • Permits may be reserved in advance, or obtained on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • For information about wilderness permits and reservations click here...
Closest Towns:
  • Lee Vining, CA
  • Mammoth Lakes, CA

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