This is one of those trails that we've done for many years but never ended up putting it on the site. It's a trail that almost everyone who has been in the area has been on, and it was time to map it out.
We started on Yankee Hill and decided at the last minute to go do the Cutoff. We headed down it first, and forgot about the fun Whoopdeedoos at the top. They were fun to go down, but we were looking forward to doing them again on the way back up.
It was about lunch time, so when we got to the cabin we all managed to fit in the pull off where we had lunch. The coronavirus response was making the day weird, but lunch was the weirdest. There wasn't a ton of room, but we all managed to sit far from each other. It made it a big challenging. And of course we couldn't eat lunch with masks on. It started out a bit uncomfortable, but we were all used to it and making it work by the time lunch was over. We didn't hang out much longer than that, though.
The campground is closed because of the coronavirus, but we'd all seen it or stayed there before. When we got to the big parking area, Monica quickly went to the trailhead and back to map it while the others waited. The trail was closed at the trailhead, and she met another vehicle on the other side that was probably wondering how she got there.
The way back up to Yankee Hill was quick, and we enjoyed the Whoopdeedoos at the end. This is probably a better way to get into the trail system than the usual way into Yankee Hill, so we might use this next time anyway, provided the trailhead is actually open next time.