The Apostle Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: The Apostle's summit, Class 3 downclimb West.
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.
Descending off the top is very easy as the trees and ground run parallel on the North side of the Apostle, never decreasing very far in elevation from the NE ridge. From the top, scramble to the West and then down the North side.
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.
Climbing Season For the South area.
Weather station 1.9 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For The Apostle
The Tongue is a Rudder 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Colorado
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Perhaps this is the best route on the rock, and it is previously undocumented.Approach as for the other Apostle routes, but continue South along the base past the main face. A huge, left-facing corner separates the 'sub-slab' from the main East Face. Go around this corner and uphill to this second tier of rock and then out left and up further to the southern-most edge. Boot up and climb the left edge of this face and the arete to the true rock summit. A few bulges and overhangs along the way...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
BETA PHOTO: The Apostle's East Face, N Side, scrambling ridge.
By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Feb 3, 2013
While I may agree with the the OP, above, that there are Flatirons with better climbing in the area, or perhaps just more variety, I disagree with the apparent idea that this one is less worthy of a visit. A recent trip there netted 5 distinct lines we climbed, and, remarkably, the two best of these were not documented. Furthermore, the 3rd best was listed as a variation to the main route.
Perhaps the less-than-great review given above was due to the best climbing not being well covered by the books.
An additional note: in the winter with snow and ice, the descent is FAR better done to the South of the formation than the North, leading one down between this formation and 'The Road to Damascus' (see route in database).