I want to go from point A to point B avoiding climbs, but also take the shortest route possible with the fewest climbs. Does any mobile app exist that can find the shortest route and with the lowest sum-total amount of elevation change between two places?
Strava has this feature in the route planning tool.
In the header, you can see it has toggle switches for popularity (pretty nifty if the area is new to you), min-elevation (what you're looking for), and manual.
Here is an example of how it works. The below route is between two points in Palos Verde, CA - a notoriously hilly (fun) area.
Min Elevation OFF:
Min Elevation ON: Here's the route with the same end points and the feature turned on -- a savings of 348 feet of elevation gain, but an extra 2.5 miles of riding.
Google maps has a bike route feature that displays elevation and tries to find the least-steep and most bike-friendly path between points by default.
- Go to Google Maps at http://maps.google.com.
- Select Directions.
- Type your starting address.
- Type your destination.
- Click "..." to the left of the Directions icon, then click the bicycling icon.
- Customize the route by dragging the blue line (your bike route) wherever