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Date Saturday  9/14/2019
End Date Sunday  9/15/2019
Group Northern Colorado
Event Title West Apostle, 13,568' Lake Ann Backpack
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader John Raich
Member Price Free
Available Participants 2
Type Trip
Trip Type Scramble
Climb Type Trad Lead
Climbing Class Class III
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 11
Elevation Gain 3000
Driving Distance 400


Meeting Times and Locations:
8 a.m., Fort Collins, location TBA
Noon, Winfield 2WD trailhead
Reasonably high clearance 4WD vehicles are needed to drive 2 mi to the upper trailhead, Subarus generally can make it.

For more info Contact

John Raich,


West Apostle, 13,568', is Ice Mountain's western neighbor and makes for a mellow and less strenuous climb. W Apostle has a variety of scrambling routes with moderate routefinding challenges to choose from. By September, routes involve class 3 rock scrambling with occasional moderate exposure. This is a fairly casual 2-day backpacking trip with an overnight backcountry camp.

Drive to S Winfield trailhead
Turn W from highway 24 onto Chaffee County Rd 390 (gravel). This junction is 14.9 mi N of the stoplight in the center of Buena Vista and 4.3 mi S of the junctions of highways 24 and 82. Drive 11.8 mi W on Chaffee County 390 to Winfield. from the center of Winfield, turn S (left) across a bridge. Go 0.3 mi W on South Fork Clear Ck Rd to the 2WD trailhead at 10,260'. 4WD vehicles can continue 2 mi further to the Forest Service closure at 10,600'.

Backpacking: 6.6 miles RT, 1,205'
From the 4WD trailhead, hike 0.6 mi SE on the Lake Ann Trail to the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness boundary at 10,680'. Continue 0.6 mi to the Hamilton townsite and a trail junction at 10,820'. Pass Hamilton, cross to the W side of South Fork Clear Creek on the Lake Ann Trail. Stay on the Lake Ann trail and hike 1.8 mi SSW to Lake Ann at 11,509'. Set up camp near the lake, Provides access to W Ridge, alternate access to the N Ridge. The plan is to climb the N Ridge and descend via the W Ridge.

W Ridge, Class 2+
Climbing: 4 miles RT, 1,763'
Hike 0.2 mi E around Lake Ann's N side ESE to a 12,380' saddle on a small ridge running N from the Continental Divide. climb 0.3 mi S up a rounded, rocky ridge, and reach the W Ridge at 13,100' (Class 2+). climb 0.25 mi E along the Continental Divide to a 13,540' false summit (Class 2). From the false summit, climb E on the ridge for 50 yards, descend 50' to the S, climb E on a ledge then climb NE to the summit. Occasional modest exposure.

N Ridge, Class 3+
From camp, climb SE to a small saddle below W Apostle's N Ridge. There will be a small lake below you to the W. Stay on or near the N Ridge to the summit. The climbing is Class 3+ with occasional moderate exposure.

Lake Ann Backpack Only
Option for those only interested in the backpack portion. The Lake Ann Trail is part of the Continental Divide Trail and continues on over a 12,620' pass.

Map: USGS Winfield

Light mountaineering boots
Mountaineering clothing appropriate for the season, including rain gear
Seat harness
2 locking carabiners
60 cm and 120 cm sewn slings
Ice ax possibly needed
Backpacking gear (tent, sleeping bag and pad, cooking and eating gear, water treatment)
Food and snacks for 2 days


This a slower paced scrambling trip combined with a short backpack is intended also for Alpine Scrambling Course students seeking a make-up for a more moderate elective scramble. ASC students who need to complete elective scrambles have priority.

ASC students are encouraged to review the route choices and individually develop route plans to share prior to the trip. Participants should be prepared to modify plans, depending on weather conditions and group preferences.


Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.