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.
5 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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Northeast Ridge 5.1 2 6 II 7 MD 2a CO
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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
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BETA PHOTO: The Apostle's summit, Class 3 downclimb West.
|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).