Yesterday I took a hike along the Chambers Bay Loop that circles the Chambers Bay Golf Course, in University Place, Washington. It is a 3.25 trail that involves some serious incline. In the above image, you can see part of the upper trail that runs atop the golf course. On this particular day, I hiked the lower trail that runs along the Puget Sound waterfront. This lower part of the trail is paved. The golf course is of the “Scottish Links” type and was the site of the PGA Masters Tournament in 2015.
Along the south section of the golf course stand remnants of local history that once was the site of a sand and gravel mine company from decades past. Today these concrete structures serve not only as a tribute to the area’s rich history, but, to many, can also be viewed as art.
The lower half of the loop trail runs along the waterfront and the BNSF rail tracks. A great place for rail fans to capture photos of trains! Wait 10 minutes and you will most likely see a freight train go by. Many end up at the Port of Tacoma with their containers to be shipped overseas.
Below are several images of the scenic landscape of the golf course and the blue waters of Puget Sound. Because the lower half of the trail runs through the golf course, one can get a personal view of the fairways and putting greens. Walkers are forewarned with signs that a rare, errant golf ball could hit them. But that doesn’t seem to prevent the many walkers and joggers that use the scenic trail on a daily basis. There are other walking trails on site, away from errant balls, that many choose to use as an alternative.
Toward the northern end of the lower trail, one starts a steep, uphill climb that meanders through a wooded area. This is nice, because it allows you to get out of the hot sun and cool off a bit, but there is still a lot of huffing and puffing as one struggles along the uphill climb.
Once you reach the top of the trail, if starting from the southern end, one is greeted with a panoramic view of the golf course and Puget Sound. Of course, the image below does not capture the entire width of the course, but you get the idea.
Chambers Bay Loop is a great place for family hikes, dog walks, jogging, and bicycling. The generously paved trails accommodate room for everyone. Where else can you get an eyeful of shoreline seascape along with green fairways! Yeah, there are a few freight trains along the way, but I see it as an extra bonus of mixing in a bit of traditional Americana. I love it!
All photos property of Peggy A Thompson