- Minarets Ranger District is located in the northern tier of the forest. Various peaks over 10,000 feet dot the landscape. About one quarter of the Ranger District is occupied by the Ansel Adams Wilderness area. Although a heavily traveled wilderness area, it offers pristine views and many hiking trails. Two of these trails are the Pacific Crest and the John Muir Trails which go through many other forests in California.
Recreation - There are many camping areas scattered throughout the Ranger District and the Minarets Scenic Byway offers some breathtaking sites. The district features scenic vistas, excellent fishing, and great hunting when in season. Hiking trails are found throughout this district, especially in the northern part where the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area is located.
Climate - Weather conditions in the Sierra National Forest vary locally with elevation and exposure. Weather changes more rapidly and severely in the Forest's higher elevations. In general, temperatures in the Sierras drop three degrees with each 1000' of elevation gain.
Precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, much of it comes in the form of snow. Snowpack above 8000' can be 25 fee in the winter. Winter temperatures well below freezing and summer temperatures above 100 degrees indicate the normal seasonal spread. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season when venturing into the high country, with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.
Minarets Ranger District is in the north-central part of the Forest. It's northern border is Yosemite National Park and is surrounded by Mariposa to the west and Pineridge to the east. The northeast part of the district overlaps part of the beautiful Ansel Adams Wilderness Area.