I see several somewhat related posts, so sorry for potential duplicaiton, but I see zero answers to any previous posts that either explain what the user is doing wrong, or acknowledge that there is an issue.
The issue is that total ascent and descent are WAY overstated when creating a route. If you take a route that is almost 100% downhill it reports that the route has significant ascent to go with the descent even though the elevation profile doesn't show this. Since many people may not be familiar with my local trails I'll use an example of a very popular trail. The South Kaibab trail in Grand Canyon NP goes from the south rim down to the Colorado River. GAIA GPS seems to report an accurate distance (6.3 miles from TH to middle of bridge across the river) and correct max and min elevations. It also shows an almost continuous downhill elevation profile, with TINY uphill sections. Having hiked this before I know there are no major uphill sections when doing from the rim to the river. However, GAIA GPS reports the total decent as 6,758' and total ascent as 2,127' for this route. Net change is correct, but there is not >2K' of UPHILL on the hike DOWN into the canyon. I see similar things on every single route I create where I have knowledge of the hike. Take a almost continuous uphill or downhill section and the tool shows a correct elevation profile (ascending or descending) but shows there is a big ascent on a downhill route or a big descent on an uphill route. Net is the tol is worthless when trying to understand total elevation gain and loss which is very important when planning a trip in mountainous terrain.
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