Gott(2511m) and Gotcha(2459m) Peaks are located about 75km drive & on foot from Pemberton, and bordering Stein Valley Heritage Park on their east side. Both peaks are super fast access from a blowdown pass, which is about 15km on 4x4 alpine gravel road from Duffy lake road.
Left photo; Gott Peak(left) & its sub peak(right) from Goctha. Right photo; Gotcha Peak from Gott.
Scrambling to Gott and Gotcha peaks are probably the easiest of all alpine peaks I experienced so far, yet view and thrilling feeling of being in high place is very present. Gott peak has a very exciting ridge route from sub peak to main peak. This ridge is not very narrow but other side is cliffy and quite exciting to experience as a beginner scrambler. Highly recommend as a quick outing on your way back from more robust ascend hikes. Beyond each peak is a route to connect to further peaks along the ridge for advanced hikers. Also note there was no water in this short route. There was a snow field at Gotcha.
Their trailhead access itself is equally or possibly more exciting process for many visitors. The road takes you to gorgeous pure alpine views while you sit in a car! Even if you don't get off the car at all it is well worth heading there for some people(like myself 5yrs ago). If you are not used to do off road driving, it requires careful maneuvering of a high clearance 4x4 vehicle with good approach and departure angles. It would be also helpful to have limited slip or locking differential as there are sections one or two wheels might detach from the ground. But the road itself to the Blowdown pass was in relatively good shape overall without any scary or super challenging spots. I don't recall any waterbars either. Even Subaru type AWD might be able to make it with chance of several bottoming out & scraping bumpers.
The place was busy, I met 7 parties and later a convoy of 4 wheelers showed up with 10 or more cars and enjoying their prowess with jacked up nice looking trucks.
This trip is a sort of a consolation prize as I got lost and couldn't make it to Hurley Silver Mine peaks. It sure is different from the West side of Duffy lake and much drier and far less snow is present.
This is a very short distance basic trip so if one is wanting to do trailrunning, the routes to Gott/Gotcha might be a good place to practice challenging rocky terrains.
From the parking(about 250m from the pass) to Gott Peak; 33mins. Return 28mins including photo stop 6mins. All runnable on ascent. I went zigzag to increase the grip.
From the parking to Gotcha peak; 20mins. Return 18mins including photo stop 3mins.
Black moss covered rock grip on Gott peak route is decent. Gotcha has a large portion of bare rock boulder fields & more unstable rocks so not suitable for fast running. Fast runners can do 25-27mins to Gott, 17mins to Gotcha on ascent.
====ACCESS TO TRAILHEAD
Turn right at first Pemberton intersection and take hwy99 onto Duffy lake road.
At Mt Currie turn right here and set odometer to 0.
As the hwy ascends towards Duffy lake, you would see a beautiful transition of forest species as well as many glacier peaks. After you go past Duffy lake, you will see Duffy (Cayoosh) Creek going fast on your left(left photo). Then at 44km you see this gate and signs(right photo).
At these signs turn 135 degrees to right. Set odometer to 0 again here. You see a Blowdown road sign in the photo. Currently active logging going on.
In about 1k or so there is a major fork to the left. Keep going straight
At 2.4k, major fork. Take left.
I noticed least three sections of avalanche clean ups (left). At alpine part of the road someone trimmed off a bush(right). I thank them for the great work to keep this exciting road passable.
There are many other turn offs but it is easy to remember to ignore all of them until at 10k. Then here turn off to the right. There is some parking space available. Less confident drivers are encouraged to park here.
After this point, the parking space is infrequent until the pass. Also there are 2-3 spots where one or two wheels comes off ground- helps to have locking dif or limited slip gear here. In a way, driving to Blowdown pass was the most exciting part of the whole trip including scrambling.
Some narrow sections where you really want to keep going straight.
Then it gets really realy alpine. In far right photo you see two rocks; right one looks tame but actually you need a careful approach as there is a big rock on the left.
These are the views from the car window!
The Blowdown pass there is a blockage made(left) but some convoy of 4wheelers showed up later and went over(right).
Looking around from the parking. Left is Gotcha Peak.
Again the route maps.
TRAILHEAD TO GOTT PEAK
First I headed to Gott Peak. Take slightly right side of ridge at the beginning and then slightly left side of the ridge after the sub peak. There is a trail at start.
You can see a trail on heather slope on climber's right of the ridge.
Continue on heather or some kind of growth area. Centre right photo is close to the top of sub peak. Far right is looking down.
Cairn was seen only on this sub peak of Gott.
Half way point between sub and main peak of Gott. Ridge running at its best!! Ridge photos are facing the parking area. Fantastic feeling.
Getting closer to the main peak of Gott.
GOTT PEAK SHOTS;
The ridge extends to Moomin all the way and beyond.
Towards South East; where I came from. Looking towards Stein Park.
These I don't remember which direction as I am new to this area...
TRAILHEAD TO GOTCHA PEAK
Then I went to Gotcha Peak.
The line is easy and obvious. Take near the left edge of the mountain from the parking, then turn slightly to right after ascending the steep wall as you reach near the peak.
Starting up point(left) to reaching the final hump transition view(centre & right).
Looking down towards the parking from different levels.
No view when raising steeply to the final hump
Almost at the peak
There seemed to be two peaks. Looked almost the same height with 50m apart. Left & centre shots are of South East peak, right is North West peak facing Gott.
GOTCHA PEAK SHOTS;
East towards Stein Park.
Towards north west ish.
I cannot remember directions now but good views.. hazy ones are looking either south or south east.
This is an exciting alpine drive access to past 2000m in elevation and anyone can immediately experience what scrambling is like. Gotcha peak offers more of scrambling from the very start while Gott peak offers an exciting ridge line to ascend between main and sub peaks. Highly recommended place whether you are just driving up there, or short scrambling, or going beyond Gott & Gotcha to advanced level ridge scrambling. Going down to Stein valley side from the pass is another option.