Three Peaks, 1,161', the farthest named high point in the northwest part of the county was one of the few that was still on the list to do. It is a small quaint hill but fairly steep by local standards. Two Peaks is more like it. The southwest "peak" is hardly a bump, maybe 20 feet.
The peak rises about a mile southwest of Soulajule Reservoir in cattle country. It can be approached from the reservoir or from Verde Canyon along Hicks Valley Road. After checking out a report by a fellow who was exploring near the Three Peaks Earth Station next to the reservoir I decided to go up from Verde Canyon to the west. Evidently the guy encountered a livid women screaming obcenities and threatening to have him arrested for trespassing.
Stuff Along the Route Up
After crossing a small field I encountered a nasty thicket of tangled branches and thorny vines that ran along the muddy 10 foot drop to the creek below the northwest slope leading to the peak. There was also a barbed wire fence hidden in the mess. It certainly wasn't worth the effort to bushwack it. I paced up and down for several minutes trying to find a way through to the slope which was literally a stones throw away. Finally I found a small clearing with no fence where the cattle crossed below the branches. Luckily the creek was less than a foot deep from not much recent rain and I was on my way up passing a giant rock that would be easy to spot on the was back.
There was some living cattle in sight and a sparse history of the herd was displayed here and there with all manner of cow bones scattered about in places on the hillside. The buzzards circling above probably were descendants of the ones who picked those bones clean in years past.