Climbing Apache via the beautiful upper South Saint Vrain drainage and the Isabelle Glacier provides a fun day with beautiful scenery and a killer 2,000' ski descent as reward.
From Brainard Lake head up the South Saint Vrain drainage to Lake Isabelle and on to the Isabelle Glacier. From the Southwest corner of the glacier the route takes the steep snow ramp to a saddle below Apache's summit.
Climb early while the snow is frozen and time your descent to catch the corn.
|By Rick Blair|
Jul 23, 2012
rating: Steep Snow
Slope measurements on the way up:
These were taken on my mountaineering axe laid on surfaces that appeared to best represent the overall slope. Likely there are localized areas of steeper snow and snow conditions would certainly change this. My visual slope readings from the moraines down below were around 45 degrees.