Elevation from Fargo to Bismarck (North Dakota) via Fessenden
Max elevation: 2053 ft / 626 m Min elevation: 897 ft / 273 m Elevation change: 1156 ft / 352 m
Max grade: 2.1% Min grade: -1.9% Steepness score: 28 + 210 + 1192 + 9 = 1440
Distance: 291.13 mi / 468.53 km Travel Time: 4 hours 31 mins
This alternate route appears to be flatter than the direct route from Fargo to Bismarck (North Dakota). The "steepness" score is 1440 which is lower than the score of 2206 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 28 vs 27 for the direct route. The second part is the maximum grade or slope score, which is 210 compared to 314. The third part measures the average grade. This route has a grading score of 1192 vs 1858. Finally, the last part factors in the extra driving distance, which has a score of 9 vs 6. 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.