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When Google Maps or GPS directs you on road that hasn’t been used since horse-and-buggies, the best idea may be to lift your eyes from the screen, consult an old-fashion map, or take in some clues from your surroundings.

You can get the surprise of your life when you use an online-mapping service such as Google Maps or Mapquest.

When I punched start and end points into Google Maps for a trip last week near Yosemite, the suggested route included a Jeep trail that was built in 1916-17 to 1913 wagon-trail standards, has been closed to traffic since 1938, and now sits in designated wilderness open only to hikers and horses.

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Tags: california, gps, maps, yosemite

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