The Cutoff Trail, found in the northwest corner of Yellowstone, begins on the Black Butte Trail
, 2 miles north of U.S. Highway 191, and ends on the Dailey Creek Trail
, 1.9 miles from U.S. 191.
From its junction with the Black Butte Trail
, the Cutoff Trail begins a steady 330-foot climb along an intermittent stream, through meadows and forests. King Butte towers above the trail to the northeast. The top of the hill is reached at .6 miles. From there, the trail drops 700 feet to its end on the Dailey Creek Trail
. At the 1.3-mile mark the Dailey Patrol Cabin is passed. The trail then makes a left turn and continues down through open meadows to its junction with the Dailey Creek Trail
at 2.3 miles.
Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone