Gott Peak - Blowdown Pass
Stein Valley, a jewel close to Vancouver but ironically, hard to reach.
Blowdown Pass is probably best know as an easy-access route via CottonWood Creek
to the Stein Valley. We just arrived to the park boundary, the pass area
and the lake are a great day-trip destination. This time we choose to
reach Gott Peak. We started our climbing at 2000 msn (6560 ft) towards Not
At 2400 msn we got excellent views of the divide. On the opposite side we
have views of Gotcha Peak. Very experimented hikers can hike the Peak and
reach another peak called Notgott Peak.
Once we reached the top we got Gott Peak on our left. The rest of the
hikers were out of oxygen and I have to continue alone. This is the place
where Gott Creek is born. I felt like in a Lunar Landscape
And then Gott Peak. The peak and the Creek are named after Frank Gott, a
Lillooet hunter, guide, rancher and prospector who managed to get into the 102nd
Battalion to serve in World War I by dyeing his silver locks black. But
despite his sharp shooting skills, he was sent back to Canada in 1917, as
overage. Fifteen years later, he got into a feud with a game warden.
When the warden tried to arrest him for possessing an untagged deer, Gott shot
him in the back. The authorities eventually caught up with Gott and
demanded his surrender.
' I am a soldier and I never surrender.' Gott reportedly replied. He was
wounded in the leg and later he died in hospital in Lytton, it is said
that his dead was more from advanced tuberculosis, exposure and lack of
nourishment than from the leg wound. Wardens and police officers aside,
the public was in fact rather fond of Gott. He was given a military
funeral. And a mountain.
Back at Not Gott Peak, Baby Chow was there, enjoying the no-ending view.
Here is a view of the road, the road continues farther into the Stein Park but
very soon is impassable unless you are walking. The road was built earlier
in the 20th century as access to the Silver Queen Mine (seems that the mine
never brought any ore).
lake, a nice base camp to further explore the area if you decide to stay
Then back to the road. The country is all open and the views seem to go on
We were looking marmots and the descend to the road downstream to the old mine.