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Date Saturday  9/14/2019
End Date Sunday  9/15/2019
Group Fort Collins
Event Title West Apostle, 13,568' ASC Elective Scramble
Start Time 9:00 AM
Status Approved
Leader John Raich
Member Price Free
Available Participants 4
Type Trip
Trip Type Scramble
Climb Type Trad Lead
Climbing Class Class III
Pace Moderate
Trail Mileage 7
Elevation Gain 3000
Driving Distance 400


Meeting Times and Locations:
4WD vehicles: 9 a.m. Fort Collins, 1 p.m. Winfield 2WD trailhead
2WD vehicles: 8 a.m. Fort Collins, 12 noon Winfield 2 WD trailhead
Other meeting places can be arranged with the leader.
Note: The 4WD road is currently blocked by an avalanche just south of Winfield. We'll monitor the status of that access.

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 scrambling with occasional moderate exposure. This is a 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'. Start times are calculated assuming the 4WD vehicles are available for all participants. If that is not the case, start times must be moved forward by an hour.

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+
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.

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 optional
Backpacking gear (tent, sleeping bag and pad, cooking and eating gear, water treatment or purification
Food and snacks for 2 days


Alpine Scrambling Course students have priority on this field trip. Hence, members not enrolled in the ASC may be moved to a wait list, depending on available space.

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.


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