DTE Energy Foundation Trail and Big Kame Loop
ElevationAscent: 603' 184 m
Descent: -603' -184 m
High: 1,076' 328 m
Low: 951' 290 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“There are two loops, each around five miles. The Big Kame Loop is a little more advanced.”— Ryan Fry
From the trailhead, runners start out on the DTE Energy Foundation Trail. This is a great trail to run with a few hills and minimal obstacles. The terrain is a mixture of sand and rock, and the trail heads through some fields. There are no massive rocks or roots on this section of the trail. There are some nice views of Green Lake along the eastern side of the loop as well.
From the DTE Energy Foundation Trail, you'll then connect to the Big Kame Loop. This is a rough and rugged trail, not for the faint of heart. It is full or roots, rocks, and obstacles. The sights and scenes are breathtaking along with the constant up and downs. This definitely makes for a challenging second half of your run, so save some energy for this part of the run.
At the end of the Big Kame Loop, you'll take a left onto a short section of the DTE Energy Foundation Trail to loop back to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: Michigan DNR - Waterloo Recreation Area