Max elevation: 4735 ft / 1443 m Min elevation: -32 ft / -10 m Elevation change: 4767 ft / 1453 m
Max grade: 1.8% Min grade: -2.7% Steepness score: 29 + 271 + 1071 + 77 = 1449
Distance: 2404.53 mi / 3869.71 km Travel Time: 35 hours 1 mins
This alternate route appears to be flatter than the direct route from Chicago to Los Angeles. The "steepness" score is 1449 which is lower than the score of 3584 for the direct route. A lower score means the route is likely to be flatter, but you should also check with other travelers to find out if the roads might be more difficult. If we break down the score into components, the first part is the average elevation score, which is 29 vs 60 for the direct route. The second part is the maximum grade or slope score, which is 271 compared to 474. The third part measures the average grade. This route has a grading score of 1071 vs 2985. Finally, the last part factors in the extra driving distance, which has a score of 77 vs 65. All of these components make up the total score that we use to determine which route has greater steepness and elevation change to give you an idea of waypoints that might lead to the flattest route.
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