Enter the rise of the slope (in) and the run of the slope (in) into the Slope Distance Calculator. The calculator will evaluate and display the Slope Distance. 

Slope Distance Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the Slope Distance. 

SD = SQRT (Ri^2+Ru^2)
  • Where SD is the Slope Distance (in)
  • Ri is the rise of the slope (in) 
  • Ru is the run of the slope (in) 

How to Calculate Slope Distance?

The following example problems outline how to calculate Slope Distance.

Example Problem #1:

  1. First, determine the rise of the slope (in).
    • The rise of the slope (in) is given as:  5.
  2. Next, determine the run of the slope (in).
    • The run of the slope (in) is provided as: 7.
  3. Finally, calculate the Slope Distance using the equation above: 

SD = SQRT (Ri^2+Ru^2)

The values given above are inserted into the equation below and the solution is calculated:

SD = SQRT (5^2+7^2) = 8.6023 (in)

Example Problem #2: 

For this problem, the variables needed are provided below:

rise of the slope (in) = 8

run of the slope (in) = 4

This example problem is a test of your knowledge on the subject. Use the calculator above to check your answer. 

SD = SQRT (Ri^2+Ru^2) = ?