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BETA PHOTO: The Apostle's East Face, N Side, scrambling ridge.
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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.

Getting There 

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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['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

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Southeast Ridge 5.2 3 8 II D 2c PG13  CO : Flatirons : ... : 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

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The Apostle's summit, Class 3 downclimb West.
BETA PHOTO: The Apostle's summit, Class 3 downclimb West.
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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).