Eighteen miles west of South Pass, the emigrants came to the first of many decision points on the road to California. The entrance to Sublet's Cutoff and the "Parting of the Ways" offered the choice between a safe, established trail following water and relatively level ground or a substantial shortcut through dry, barren and mountainous country. Many, including John App, chose the Sublet's Cutoff shortcut. It provided a direct route west to the Bear River eliminating the more northerly trip to Fort Bridger and down again followed by the older, established emigrant road. John never took cutoffs that were untried or risky. This particular spot is now called the "False Parting of the Ways" and the original "Parting of the Ways" spot is about 8 miles to the west.