Palette Springs Spur
ElevationAscent: 8' 3 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,311' 1,924 m
Low: 6,302' 1,921 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“A short but interesting trail to view Liberty Cap, Palette Springs, and the Devil's Thumb.”— Tom Carter
Family Friendly A short trail with great hot spring features along the way.
On the left, past Liberty Cap is beautiful Palette Springs. Water flows from springs above down a steep ridge, creating a colorful hillside palette of brown, green, and orange (the colors are due to the presence of different heat-tolerant bacteria). This effect is much the same as an artist would achieve by allowing wet paint to run down a vertical surface.
Continue beyond Palette Springs to the end of the boardwalk. From here you get a nice view of the Devil’s Thumb, a smaller version of Liberty Cap that formed in a similar fashion.
Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.
Local Club: Yellowstone Forever
May 31, 2019: Yellowstone Hiking 101
Land Manager: National Park Service - Yellowstone National Park