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Mount Seton (Goat Mountain, Cy5)  British Columbia   #5581
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Cayoosh Range / Cayoosh Range East

Height: 2859 m -> 9380 feet
Prominence?: 1584 m above Cayoosh Pass
Line Parent?: Skihist Mountain (54.6 km away, at bearing 152 degrees)
Greater Parent: Skihist Mountain (54.6 km away)

Location:   50.62361,-122.26028     50:37:25, -122:15:37   10U 552325 5608232 (10 km S of Seton Portage). NTS Mapsheet: 092.J.09   AreaCode: FM02/GC26
First Ascent:  Likely by prospectors (or pioneer surveyor Frank Swannell)
Mount Seton Summit From Southeast
This peak is #80 in Prominence List for British Columbia .This prominent peak is the highest point on a long ridge which divides Downton creek from the Lost Valley drainage. It is the highest peak in all of the Cayoosh Range, higher than Cayoosh Mountain. There is a small icefield right at the saddle to the west of the peak, which ensures a steady flow of water if you climb the peak from the lakes to the south. Because it is the highest peak in a huge surrounding area, there are tremendous views all around. Whitecap can be seen clearly to the north, and Mount Matier to the south.

Name Notes: This encyclopedia assigned the name Mount Seton to this peak in year 2005 to geographically correspond to Seton Lake. Previously it had no published name, but for several years earlier it had a two letter code "Cy5" which stood for Cayoosh 5. However in 2013, Mike Cleven says some locals may have referred to it as "Goat Mountain". The "Seton" name was chosen as a geographical name, related to nearby Seton Lake. The lake was named after Major Seton who was on the troop ship "Birkenhead" when it struck a rock and sunk on February 25th, 1852. There were insufficient lifeboats. Women and children were loaded into the lifeboats, while the crew "stood fast" at their posts. Once the boats were clear of the wreck, Captain Salmond ordered the men who could swim to jump into the sea and swim. However Major Seton recognized that rushing the lifeboats would risk swamping them and drew his sword and ordered the men to stand fast. The soldiers did not move, even as the ship broke up 20 minutes after hitting the rock. The disaster was the origin of the phrase "women and children first", which became the standard procedure in maritime disasters.

1. From N fork of Downton Creek Scramble. This is the most direct route. Drive up the Downton Creek road, and stop just past where the N fork of Downton Creek crosses the road. Find the trail and hike up to two lakes just below the peak. From there, head up to the left of the waterfall to a saddle just left of the peak. It is 600m to summit. Don't confuse the true summit with the more rounded summit to the east along the same ridge.

Equipment: no iceaxe needed in late season

Trips within 1 km
30 2019.09.01 Seton and alternative Skimka approach Evan Crawford
61 2003.10.04 Two Day Scrambling Loop with Climb of Mount Seton Robin Tivy


Subject Photos   View Thumbnails
17 On South Ridge of Seton Peak Jordan Peters
11 Mount Seton (CY5) From the North Stewart Douglas
8 Mount Seton Summit From Southeast Fred Touche
7 Seton N face jamie May
7 Mount Seton from the South Klaus Haring
7 Mount Seton from southwest Benoit Landry
5 Mount Seton - North Face Fred Touche
5 Mount Seton Summit From Southwest Fred Touche