The Apostle is a small Flatiron with typical climbing for the area. While many of the formations near the Apostle are seldom visited, this is one of the few that does not have much to offer to deserve more traffic. There are only two routes on the Apostle, although like most of the Flatirons, many variations exist. The best variation I found was climbing the center face of the Apostle.
This area is a couple hundred yards from any established trail, so some bushwhacking is in order. Take the South Shanahan Trail, until it intersects with the Mesa Trail, and take that south for a few hundred yards. At this point, start heading towards the formation to the west through some fields. You'll see the formations ahead of you and bushwhack through the meadow heading in the general direction of them. There is a drainage below the Apostle which leads right to the base of the Northeast Ridge. The Apostle is about a two minute hike below the Devil's Advocate and a few more minutes from Tiny Tower.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Apostle:
East Face Center 5.0 Trad, 2 pitches, 350 feet
The Tongue is like Fire 5.0 Trad, 2 pitches, 400 feet
Southeast Ridge 5.2 PG13 Trad, 3 pitches, 450 feet
The Tongue is a Rudder 5.7 Trad, 3 pitches, 450 feet
Featured Route For The Apostle
This route is a reasonable route as a Flatiron scramble, but probably the least notable of all those on the Apostle.Start either:1) On the Northern-most edge of the East Face of the Apostle, some 10-20 meters North of a narrow buttress (rib of rock) leaning up against that face, bisecting the lower section of it North to south....2) On the foot of the narrow, protruding rib of rock just 20 meters South. Despite appearances, we found this well featured section to be quite solid, overall.In eithe...[more] Browse More Classics in CO