North ridge of Piquett Mountain.

Michael Hoyt

North ridge of Piquett Mountain.

Piquett Mountain (8,740’) is in a portion of the Bitterroot National Forest about 5 miles east-northeast of Painted Rocks Lake. It is not in “official” Wilderness Area.

According to legend, Piquett Creek was named for a French trapper who had a cabin near its mouth in 1889. Supposedly the lake and mountain were also named for him; however, there is no proof.

 The summit has the remains of what appears to be an old fire lookout. Various artifacts, including bed springs, nails, assorted bolts and fasteners, grounding wires for the control of lightning strikes, steel telephone wire, and plenty of melted glass are all that remain. There is also a hitching post for stock animals, something not often seen on a mountain summit.

 To reach this mountain, hike northeast on the stock trail from the Little Boulder Creek Trailhead.

The trail reaches the saddle between Rombo and Piquett mountains about 4 miles from the trailhead. From the saddle, follow the ridge-crest another mile to the summit.

Michael Hoyt


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