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Old 05-26-2019, 11:40 PM
 
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I have tried Google Earth. I grew up in an isolated neighborbood that was a top a hill. There is a very steep drive to get up to it. But on Google Maps the drive looks flat. Of course there are topography maps, but honestly I can't make heads or tails out of those. I just want to see if a region is hilly. But can't find any way of telling this from Google Maps. Maybe there is technology out there that I am unaware of that makes terrain three dimensional?
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Old 05-27-2019, 10:23 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Not sure if available for your phone, but "Earth 3d Map" may be fun to add to your computer ...
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Old 05-27-2019, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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What platform?

In a web browser (on a computer), you can enable Terrain on Google Maps. ... Tap the menu at the top left (3 bars) and select terrain from the options.

In Satellite mode you can also see 3D terrain by tapping the Globe menu item from the same menu. This doesn't show as much detail in relatively flat areas, and works best when moving the map around.
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Old 05-27-2019, 12:35 PM
 
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Surely the USGS provides topo maps online.
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Old 05-27-2019, 01:14 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Surely the USGS provides topo maps online.
Yes they do, but OP said he doesn't like using them.

https://www.topoquest.com/

Topo's are not much help on gentle slopes. The lines are too far apart.

I've found the Terrain and 3D mode in Google Maps can be useful in some areas. Especially as you can rotate the view.
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Old 05-27-2019, 05:54 PM
 
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Takes about ten minutes to learn how to read a topo map.
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