|The Ansel Adams Wilderness encompasses 231,066 acres, including most of the famous John Muir Trail.
The June Lake n border of the Wilderness area, which extends along theLoop is on the northwester Sierra Nevada Ranges from Yosemite National Park in the north, to the John Muir Wilderness area in the south.
The Ansel Adams Wilderness was established in 1964 as a part of the original Wilderness Act, and was originally named the "Minarets Wilderness." After the death of the famous photographer in 1984, the wilderness area was expanded and re-named.
Some of the important points of interest in the Ansel Adams Wilderness are the Ritter Range including Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak, visible from the June Lake Junction area. Thousand Island Lake (shown in photo) is accessible via the Rush Creek Trailhead, which intersects the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trail near upper Rush Meadows.
|A few of the many other hiking destinations convenient to the June Lake Loop by trail are Parker Lake, the Mono Pass area (above Bloody Canyon), Fern Lake, Clark Lakes, Gem Lake and Alger Lakes.|