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On the lower section of Kyhv Peak Road, there is a little known meadow that fills with wildflowers in May.

Directions

The Kyhv Peak Road turnoff is to the right about two miles from the entrance of Provo Canyon. At 1.4 miles up Kyhv Peak Road, two switchbacks after the lower parking lot there is a pullout on the left side. There is room for a car or two along the road and then a larger parking lot up the dirt road (parking shown in red on map).

There are several trails around this area and different ways to go. If you continue straight through the gate on the wider light dirt path marked “Bonneville Shoreline” at the base of the map.

In May there are pretty pinkish white flowers along the sides of the path.

There are other smaller blooms and green plants.

As soon as you come out of the other side head left on the trail.

These are mostly yellow arrowhead balsamroot flowers.

There are a few other flowers along the trail.

As you come around the side you can see Provo Canyon Road down below. On the opposite side you can see the trail head uphill.

The whole hillside is covered in yellow wildflowers in May!

If you head to the right (west) you can look out of Provo Canyon.

If you look left (east) you can see Provo Canyon Road winding.

At the top of the meadow, towards the parking, I saw a scrub jay flitting from spot to spot.

You can head down on the side of the parking, but it’s fairly steep.

It’s definitely doable, but if instead you backtrack down the hill you came up, and then head along the path on the west side of the hill, it’s easier. This picture is looking back. Just around the corner is the path upwards.

This is the trail back to the car. You can see Kyhv Peak Road below to the right.

Stats: Distance – 0.6-1.2 miles roundtrip (depending on route)
Approximate hiking time – 30-60 minutes
Elevation gain – 230 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – No
Seasons to hike – May-October (wildflowers peak in May)
Permits needed – none
Pets allowed – Yes

Other hikes nearby are Quito’s Incline, Buffalo Peak Trail, Upper Quito Trail, Canyon Glen Loop, Springdell Cascade, Bridal Veil Falls, Upper Falls, and Kyhv Peak Overlook.

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