Terrain is tricky to understand just by looking at a map. I just spent the weekend riding the Monarch Crest Trail near Salida, CO. The ride is a ‘shuttle’ style ride, meaning you get driven to the top of the trail and end down at the bottom. In theory, shuttle rides are much easier because the majority of climbing is eliminated, but the crest trail is a bit of an anomaly. My friends and I gave a quick scan of the map before we started and noted that we would be dropping 4000’ from start to end. The profile looked promising and we set off with visions of a downhill run with just a bit of climbing mixed in.
An Oblique View of Terrain Mapping