Gott Peak

July 12, 2009

To reach the trailhead follow Highway 99 north to Pemberton towards Lillooet. About three kilometers past Duffy Lake you will see a mileage sign, this is the start of Blowdown Creek Road, which climbs up to the right.

Drive on the main road, 2WD vehicles can drive 9 km to a fork and, going left, maybe another 1.5 km to a parking space on the left. This is considered the trailhead.

From here before reaching Blowdown Pass, you need to follow a very rough 4WD road for another 3.5 km.

Blowdown Pass is one of the approaches used when hiking into Stein Valley Nlaka'pamux Provincial Park.

Follow the road up to the valley to a point where the present road doubles back on an S-bend and an older version, goes straight on.

Gott Ridge

The old route provides an approach to the lake below the pass. To reach the pass, stay with the road.

This place is a transition zone from the dry climate of the interior to the wetter environment of the Coastal Mountains. This, combined with a large elevation gradient, has resulted in very diverse vegetation communities within the park.

Blowdown Lake

It takes five to seven days to complete the 32-mile (52-km) moderately difficult hike from Blowdown Pass to the Stein trailhead near Lytton.

Bottom: Reaching Blowdown Pass

Once you reach the pass, you will have views of the U-shaped valley of South Cottonwood Creek.

Valley of South Cottonwood Creek

The surrounding meadows are spectacular with heather and alpine flowers in the short summer season.

Gotcha Peak (south from the pass)

The road itself descends the valley towards the abandoned Silver Queen Mine. The prospecting was mainly done by Urban Hicks (born April 20, 1881, died Jan. 31, 1972).

From the pass go north towards your final destination.

Not Gott Peak (north from the pass)

The route up to Gott peak is steep but minimal scrambling is required.

Left: Blowdown Pass and Gotcha Peak
Right: Valley of South Cottonwood Creek

Gotcha peak is not as high as Gott peak but the route is rockier and more scrambling is required.

Blowdown Lake

Gott Peak commemorates Frank Gott (c. 1850 - 1932), a noted Aboriginal fugitive who eluded the Mounties for several years in this area.

Reaching Not Gott Peak

Follow the southeast ridge after reaching Not Gott Peak.

Valley of North Cottonwood Creek (west side)

Frank Gott managed to get into the 102nd Battalion to serve in World War I by dying his silver locks black.

Gott Peak from the Southeast

But despite his sharp shooting skills, he was sent back to Canada in 1917, as overage.

Not Gott Peak

Fifteen years later, Gott got into a feud with a game warden. When the warden tried to arrest him for possessing an untagged deer, Gott killed him by shooting in the back.

Blowdown Pass and Gotcha Peak

First Nations people said the 1898 BC Game Act was imposed by the colonial officials to enforce elite British hunting rules on the indigenous people and prevent them from hunting for food. It is said Frank Gott was repeatedly harassed and penalized by the Lillooet game warden.

Lunch at Gott Peak

The 76 year old Gott disappeared into a rugged valley later named after him (Gott Creek), about 25 km from Lillooet.

Not Gott Peak (left) and Gotcha Peak (right)

The authorities eventually caught up with Gott and demanded his surrender. 'I am a soldier and I never surrender' Gott reportedly replied.

Gott Creek

He was wounded in the leg and later he died in a hospital in Lytton, it is said that his dead was more from advanced tuberculosis, exposure and lack of nourishment than from the leg wound.

Gott Creek Valley (lake is the trailhead for Gott Creek)

Wardens and police officers aside, the public was in fact rather fond of Gott. He was given a military funeral. And a mountain.

Vally of North Cottonwood Creek (east side)

To reach Gott Creek Trail you need to drive the unsigned Gott Creek FSR for around 14.5 km. It is a rough road ending at a small landing in a cutblock at the end of a large lake. Unfortunately I am unable to provide more information of the current road status.

Top: Not-Gott Peak and Gotcha Peak
Bottom: Gotcha Peak

These mountains are part of the Lillooet Ranges, the southeasternmost subdivision of the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains of British Columbia. The range includes some of the highest peaks in southwestern British Columbia being the highest Skihist Mountain located at the confluence of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers.

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01. N50.373416 W122.200634 Elev 1612 m Parking area
02. N50.363306 W122.166113 Elev 1976 m S-bend
03. N50.363171 W122.149275 Elev 2165 m Blowdown Pass
04. N50.372805 W122.164651 Elev 2511 m Gott Peak

Distance One Way: 6.81 km (4.23 mi)
Total Time: 5 hours
Elevation gain: 900 m (2952 ft)

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Driving distance from Vancouver: 220 km (136 mi)
About 3 hours 25 mins

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