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Does anyone know of any trip planning software that will display the elevation profile of your route? This would be helpful in pinpointing any steep grades along the way.

What I mean is, you pick driving directions from point A to point B. With the directions, it would display a visual graphing of the elevation changes along the way.

I was able to do this using Google Maps and another mapping program I own, but it takes a few steps. But then you can see the potential steep grades and go to Google Street View to check it out.

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jimbowilly wrote:

Does anyone know of any trip planning software that will display the elevation profile of your route? This would be helpful in pinpointing any steep grades along the way.

What I mean is, you pick driving directions from point A to point B. With the directions, it would display a visual graphing of the elevation changes along the way.

I was able to do this using Google Maps and another mapping program I own, but it takes a few steps. But then you can see the potential steep grades and go to Google Street View to check it out.


The CD version of TL Campgound Directory does this although it isn't a visual version but rather a written version which describes the altitude along your route. Perhaps there is a way that you could then convert this to a visual display.


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I occasionally use DeLorme Topo USA 8.0.

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Jimbowilly, what other software did you use to export Google Maps into?


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I frequently use Acme Mapper as it gives me a road map view, aerial views and also topo.

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jeffcarp wrote:

Jimbowilly, what other software did you use to export Google Maps into?


After I export the KML file (the Google maps file), I import that into a program called Topofusion. This is a GPS mapping program I use a lot and it works very well for that, but it's not really made for trip planning.

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I use this sight. I think this link is showing a location now. On the right, it shows longtitude and Latitude and elevation. Just above this, I clear, then click on a highway. One point at a time.

I don't know how accurate it is, it gives a good idea. I don't understand what this sight does with multiple points. I just do one at a time.


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Well, that wasn't very clear....I use this elevation site and Micrsoft Streets & Trips.
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GPSVisualizer is good option, but it doesn't let you do any planning based on elevation or grade. It just lets you see the elevation profile of a selected route. In Google Maps, you need to build your route. After you've built your route, you have to save it as a MyMap. Once it is a MyMap, click the option to send it to Google Earth. Instead of opening the file in Google Earth, save the file to your hard drive. Go to this site: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/elevation and upload your file that you downloaded from MyMap. If you pick the Draw Elevation Profile option, you see a nice graph of your routes elevation profile.

You can also get the raw data out of this by picking a TXT file and the Convert & Add Elevation option. With some math inside a spreadsheet, it might be theoretically possible to calculate the actual road grades. The problem is that the output is given in latitude/longitude. It would take math skills beyond mine to determine the distance between two latitude/longitude coordinates, in order to determine the run needed for the rise / run equation needed to determine road grade.

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On the cheap, you can create a route using Google Earth and just watch the elevation change as you trace your route with your mouse.

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DeLorme Topo 8 or 9 will do exactly what you want. Set up your route, right click on the route and select profile. You will get all of the information you need in a chart at the bottom of the window. Also, Topo will shade the route differently in the areas where there are steep grades. We use Topo with an attached GPS when we are traveling down the road and my wife alerts me to steep grade changes before we get there. Topo also has a 3-D option where you can view terrain in a highly customizable 3-D view. Kind of cool, but not practical for route navigation.

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jimbowilly wrote:

Does anyone know of any trip planning software that will display the elevation profile of your route? This would be helpful in pinpointing any steep grades along the way.

What I mean is, you pick driving directions from point A to point B. With the directions, it would display a visual graphing of the elevation changes along the way.

I was able to do this using Google Maps and another mapping program I own, but it takes a few steps. But then you can see the potential steep grades and go to Google Street View to check it out.



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