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The Ritter Range is a small mountain range within California's Sierra Nevada. Most of the mountain range lies within the Ansel Adams Wilderness. The Range is easily viewed from Minaret Summit, which is accessible by motor vehicle. The Ritter Range is most easily accessible from Mammoth Lakes, where hiking trails lead to lakes throughout the range. The John Muir Trail passes by many lakes within the Ritter Range. The most prominent peaks of the Ritter Range are Mount Ritter, at 13,143 feet, Banner Peak, at 12,936 feet, and the Minarets, a group of sharp peaks south of Mt. Ritter. Thousand Island Lake, Ediza Lake, Garnet Lake, Lake Catherine, Minaret Lake, Cecile Lake, and Shadow Lake all lie within the Ritter Range, and are accessible by trail.

Ritter Range
Ritter Range.jpg
Mount Davis and the Ritter Range
Highest point
Peak Mount Ritter
Elevation 13,143 ft (4,006 m)
Length 15 mi (24 km) NS
Width 9 mi (14 km) EW
Ritter Range is located in California
Ritter Range
Location of Ritter Range in California [1]
Country United States
State California
Region Ansel Adams Wilderness
District Madera County
Range coordinates 37°41′38″N 119°11′53″W / 37.6938223°N 119.1979189°W / 37.6938223; -119.1979189Coordinates: 37°41′38″N 119°11′53″W / 37.6938223°N 119.1979189°W / 37.6938223; -119.1979189
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Age of rock Cretaceous

The range is named for Carl Ritter, who had been a teacher of Josiah Whitney when he was a student in Berlin in the 1840s."[2]

The Ritter Range, near the Minarets and Minaret Lake, was the site of the plane crash of Steve Fossett in 2007.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Ritter Range". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04.
  2. ^ Browning, Peter (1986) Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: Wildnerness Press. p. 183.
  3. ^ Fagan, Kevin (October 3, 2008). "Plane wreckage Fossett's - bone fragment found". San Francisco Chronicle.