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
The Tongue is a Rudder 5.7 Trad, 3 pitches, 450 feet
Featured Route For The Apostle
This is the better of the 2 previously published routes. From the base of the Apostle, probably the NE corner if approached via the drainage trail, head South along the base past a narrow rib of rock (buttress) that leans against it, bisecting the North and South sides of the East Face. Continue sharply downhill and South to the lowest point of the East face, near the South arete. A sub-slab exists around the corner Southwest of this, but it is not a part of this route.Start off of the ground...[more] Browse More Classics in CO