Banner Peak

Banner Peak is one of the most scenic peaks in the Sierra Nevada. It’s the 2nd highest summit in the Ritter Range with Mount Ritter having a 200 feet advantage.

Unlike Mount Ritter, Banner Peak is considerably slimmer with a sharp profile; it’s surrounded by 1500-2000 feet high vertical cliffs except for the southwest side. The Banner Peak is better photographed approaching in the northeast as it appears to be floating on the huge 2-mile broad seas of the Thousand Island Lakes – that’s where this view is.

Banner Peak shares the identical access points with Mount Ritter. The nearest trailhead is Agnew Meadows with an altitude of 8200 ft. By Agnew Meadows, choose Shadow Lake Trail to Banner-Ritter’s east side, or Thousand Island Lake Trail to Banner’s west or north sides.

The surrounding wilderness area is among the most popular backpacking destinations in California, akin to Yosemite National Park. The Ansel Adams wilderness used to be part of Yosemite but was detached in 1905 because of conflicting issues over mineral rights in the region.

I did a 3-day loop in the area and subsequently wrote about the adventure.

Would you like to explore the Ansel Adams Wilderness?

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Category Landscape
Exposure Manual exposure, 1/20 sec, f/16, ISO 100
Camera Canon 5D MK II
Lens Canon 24 mm TS-E
Filter Polarizer & Graduated Neutral Density Filter
Location Ansel Adams Wilderness, California

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