I need to convert a JSON response from Mapquest elevation API into a GeoJSON layer in my Leaflet map.

var ele = $.getJSON('http://open.mapquestapi.com/elevation/v1/profile?key=<API_KEY>&shapeFormat=raw&latLngCollection='+profile);

this is a sample of JSON reponse:

         "text":"© 2018 MapQuest, Inc.",
         "imageAltText":"© 2018 MapQuest, Inc."


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If you've loaded the response you can convert the shapePoints and elevationProfile arrays to an array of coordinate points that can be inserted in a blank GeoJSON feature object and loaded

// You can do it with a functional approach:
// Use Array.filter() to sort the alternating points to lats and lngs,
// then use Array.map() to extract the elevations
// and 'zip' the three arrays in one array of lng/lat/elev (x/y/z!) arrays
var lats = shapePoints.filter(function(e, i) {return i % 2 === 0;});
var lngs = shapePoints.filter(function(e, i) {return i % 2 != 0;});
var elevs = elevationProfile.map(function(e, i) {return e.height;});
var lnglats = lngs.map(function(e, i) {return [e, lats[i], elevs[i]];});

// or the more traditional way:
var lnglats = [];
for (var i=0; i<shapePoints.length; i=i+2) {
    lnglats.push([shapePoints[i+1], shapePoints[i], elevationProfile[i/2].height]);

geojson = {
    "type": "Feature",
    "geometry": {
        "type": "LineString",
        "coordinates": lnglats

  • Thanks, i just need to add "height" value as well to geometry.coordinates in the polyline. Mar 4, 2019 at 5:19
  • OK, updated to pull the elevations Mar 4, 2019 at 15:00
  • it returns NAN instead of Z/elevation on the output GeoJSON. Mar 4, 2019 at 15:10
  • Are you using the first example? I had a filter instead of map to extract the elevations Mar 4, 2019 at 15:23
  • It works now, but i need to add that polyline on the map as a GeoJSON layer, in order to implement elevation profile chart on it and calculate some values about elevations. Mar 4, 2019 at 21:41

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