"West Apostle"  
Condition Updates  
Route: From Lake Ann
Posted On: 2022-07-21, By: desertdog
Info: Summertime. When leaving Lake Ann to climb to the amphitheater don't go too far right or you will find you yourself hopping some big boulders for a ways. I thought the gully to get to the ridge was pretty loose and was helmet worthy. Intermittent climbers trail along the ridge 
Route: Lake Ann
Posted On: 2022-07-09, By: gcook33
Info: Summer conditions. Be careful as you get to the upper basin/amphitheater and head up the slope, a lot of that terrain is loose. Sticking right gives some solid rock. 10 miles, 3200' 
Route: Apostle Couloir
Posted On: 2022-06-20, By: slawrence2011
Info: Didn't summit. My intention was to give the fridge couloir on ice another shot, but found out that is totally out, see my CR there. Went up the fridge to the choke, downclimbed, and ski traversed to the base of the Apostle Couloir. There are couloirs in on both sides. I took the right hand one to the ridge. Due to cohesionless snow, I didn't attempt to summit W apostle even though it was only 10 AM, but transitioned and skied down immediately. I knocked off huge sluffs up high, so good thing I didn't wait. As you can see in the photos, if you traverse hard skiers left below the Col, you can ski all the way to the head of the basin. Much more fun to skip all that talus slogging. 
Route: Apostles Traverse
Posted On: 2021-09-09, By: Eli Watson
Info: Apostles Traverse: N Apostle via SW Ridge > Ice Mtn via NE Ridge > "W Apostle" via SW Face from Winfield 2WD TH. 16.6 mi, 5300' 9:52 Car-to-Car Slightly smokey today. Entire route is still dry. "W Apostle" summit register is missing end cap, paper, and pencil. 
Route: Ice Cubed
Posted On: 2021-07-12, By: colin j
Info: Climbed North Apostle, Ice, and West Apostle today. The route is in full summer conditions; I did not stick to the ridge between Ice and West and instead descended the SW face of Ice and have a few comments. The gully from the summit of Ice is loose but certainly easier than reversing the standard route; exit the gully near 13.3k (see pics 1 and 2). From reading previous trip reports there appears to be some difficulty route finding along the face from here (may add one myself but won't get around to it for awhile). Including the exit from the gully you should cross 5 rock ribs, the first two and last of which are cairned. The third one is the most difficult (see pics 3 thru 5). Biggest piece of advice is that this should be a DESCENDING traverse; until the last rib there is no need to regain elevation. Feel free to PM about a GPX if you'd like. Otherwise a really fun route; TH 0530, summit of North Apostle 0845, summit of Ice 1000, summit of West 1225, Lake Ann 1420, back to TH 1550 
Route: From Lake Ann
Posted On: 2021-06-06, By: Will_E
Info: Summitted West Apostle from Lake Ann. Trail is dry until a few miles before Lake Ann, then becomes intermittent. After crossing the creek it became hella-nasty. I didn't take snow shoes, just suffered through it. Completely miserable in the morning and in the afternoon. It would have sucked with snowshoes, but less than it did for me since I didn't bring them. Once getting to the start of the steep (north?) ridge above Lake Ann, I went up a steep section to avoid the snow filled gully. It was very steep to start, then mellowed out after a few hundred feet. Once on the final ridge I could mostly stay on dry rock. 
Route: Apostle Couloir to South Face
Posted On: 2021-05-09, By: supranihilest
Info: The 4WD road from Winfield is blocked by large snowbanks about .25 miles from the townsite. This adds 1.75 miles each way to the upper Huron/Lake Ann trailhead. The road is covered in large snowbanks and icy patches, and dry in some spots. We were able to boot it in both directions. From the upper trailhead we followed the trail to the Apostle Basin/Lake Ann split and stayed right towards the former. The trail quickly got entirely lost in snow, so we followed along above a deep drainage on the left side, weaving through the forest in a generally southern direction. Snow in the forest was about 90% OK in snowshoes, 10% posthole hell. After this coming storm you can probably follow our breadcrumb trail of loosely spaced postholes. Staying alongside the drainage led us directly to Apostle Basin, where we finally got views of our climb. We headed directly up a steep headwall at the toe of a massive rock glacier, then to the base of Apostle couloir. We snowshoed to the main bifurcation and left our snowshoes there, donned crampons and got the axes out, and climbed the fatter left branch, taking the leftmost exit at the top. The remaining route is mostly visible from there. Snow in the couloir was a mix of good step kicking snow and icy avalanche debris. We traversed on good snow across the top of the multiple branches of the couloir, highly aware of staying back from giant cornices. At the end of the traverse was a short Class 2 to Class 2+ section on dirt and scree, and from that point it was 500 feet of steep, exceptionally exposed snow to the summit. In general we stayed to climber's right near the edge of "West Apostle"'s massive, vertical northeast face, only making one short traverse across an open face to the left before returning to the right side of the climb. Snow ranged in consistency from an inch of mush with rock hard ice underneath, necessitating extensive front pointing, to quality step kicking styrofoam. Angle was never less than 40 degrees and there were several pitches of 50+ degrees. The summit itself is small and narrow and was covered by another cornice. We couldn't tell what was cornice and what was summit so we did not dig to find the register. We reversed our route exactly, down climbing the south face almost exclusively facing in. We were able to boot back down the couloir, then wore our snowshoes almost all the way to the trailhead considering the increasing postholing in the late morning/early afternoon. Spectacular mountaineering route, and quite a bit harder than we expected! Gear: flotation is mandatory. Ice axe is mandatory and a second would be useful (we each only had one, but it was at our one-axe limit). Crampons are MANDATORY. Microspikes will NOT BE sufficient on this climb. 
15 5
Route: west ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-19, By: Trotter
Info: Summer conditions. Summit register missing an end cap, paper, and pen. 
Route: N face above Ann
Posted On: 2017-10-20, By: Tufftommy-BV
Info: Quite a bit of unconsolidated snow on th N aspects. Like, 1 to 2 feet in places and made for some sketchy side-hilling. Clear on the ridge and S facing parts. 
Route: W Ridge
Posted On: 2017-07-04, By: wondering_hough
Info: Minimal snow on the upper portions of the approach to lake ann. In between lake ann and the upper unnamed lake there is a dry way and a snow covered way. We didn't summit (turned around at 12,400ft) because the final approach to the ridge held a large snowfield and we both didn't have gear. I would have been comfortable with microspikes and ice ax. My buddy wanted crampons. There is a rock rib that is completely dry that looks like another safe way up 

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