We call them the Julie Andrews meadows. Every year, at the base of the Timpooneke trailhead, the meadow flowers bloom. It’s generally in June, but because of the long winter we are now just seeing the meadows in all their glory. So if you are in Utah or Salt Lake county and have a hankering for a beautiful Sunday afternoon walk in the mountains, I highly recommend Timpooneke right now. Blue, purple, yellow, red, white, orange……….. and all will likely be in bloom for the next three weeks.
These meadows come with the upgraded sensory package; a mass of monarch, black/white, white, and yellow butterflies, a host of birds that can be heard singing all day long, and if you get the wind in the right direction, the scent of this flower is a faint honeysuckle combined with a touch of citrus. All meshed in with that unbeatable cool-mountain-pine-earthy-wet smell. I don’t know what this scented flower is called and am too busy to look it up, so if you happen to know, please tell me!
It takes 18 minutes for me to get from my home to the parking lot. Even if you don’t want to hike, or have small children, you can get the full splash of them 50-100 yards in from the parking lot.
You just head east on 92 into the canyon, take the South Fork road, and continue on the Alpine Scenic Loop for 3.5 miles to the campground. There is a canyon entrance fee of $3 if you do not have a pass.