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Milesort descending Observer Date Summary Photos
14 artist 05/30/2011 There was nothing unusual during this inspection, and human traffic was light. View full report 0
14 artist 01/22/2011 Unusually warm, sunny weather brought lots of visitors to the trail and bluffs, but no negative activities or conditions were observed. View full report 0
14 artist 09/23/2010 Hikers commented on how well-maintained the trail was. Ironically, during this visit, I met Monica, who had just finished raking a portion of the trail.I should point out that Gary also does a lot of work on Mile 14. There was nothing negative to report. View full report 0
14 artist 07/01/2010 Sea was calm and sky clear, and except for continued natural erosion of sandy bluffs behind cliffs and minor litter at one trailhead, there's little to report. Hikers even commented on excellent condition of trail. View full report 0
14 artist 06/24/2012 Parking area just south of Thomas Creek Bridge now has abrupt drop-off between highway paving and gravel parking surface, making it difficult for some passenger cars to safely enter and exit. And there are a few small holes in trail due to sub-surface erosion. No other problems were noticed. People were enjoying the area (and good weather) in normal ways. View full report 0
14 artist 01/28/2012 It was an unusually warm day on the cliffs overlooking the surf, which was very calm. People there were simply enjoying the good weather and views. The trail is well maintained, and there were no negative activities or conditions. View full report 0
14 artist 10/13/2011

It was a beautiful balmy day on Mile14 with nothing unusual to report. The trail is in good shape.

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14 artist 07/24/2011 There is nothing negative to report. The trail is well-maintained and free of litter. The one dog encountered was on a leash. Visitors were simply enjoying the area. View full report 0
14 artist 06/18/2013 The trail is in good condition, and no negative activities were discovered. With the exception of the hawk and owl siting, it was an uneventful inspection during an occasional drizzle. View full report 0
14 artist 01/08/2013 Considering the pleasant weather, it was surprising to see no other hikers or sightseers on the trail or cliffs, though there were lots of footprints that indicated that others had been there previously. The trail is in good condition, and no problems were encountered in any areas visited. View full report 0
14 artist 08/10/2014 Except for the couple camping, there was nothing noteworthy. The trail from Whaleshead to the dunes area remains well maintained, except in the dunes area itself, where there is constant movement and erosion. View full report 0
14 artist 06/24/2014 Aside from the strange brown color of the ocean water near the beaches and sea cliffs, there's nothing out of the ordinary to report. View full report 0
14 artist 12/24/2013 Except for the fallen tree near Whaleshead, trail is in good shape.Many footprints in sandy bluffs above cliffs indicate that unseasonably warm weather has brought many people to Indian Sands. Still, there are no major problems related to human use. View full report 1
14 artist 10/29/2013 No unusual activities or problems were observed, just a few people enjoying this mile's dramatic coastline on a beautiful fall day. View full report 0
14 artist 08/23/2015 Aside from the tunnel-like trail situation in the draw just north of the dunes (see photo), there are no apparent problems. And State Parks rangers whom I notified may work on the section of trail in need of pruning. View full report 1
14 artist 05/03/2015 It was a sunny warm day with cool ocean breezes. The only noteworthy change was the short spur trail mentioned on previous page. View full report 1
14 artist 03/05/2015

This was an uneventful visit on a very pleasant day. No issues were evident.

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14 artist 09/25/2014 All was normal and there's little to report except for the overgrown condition of the trail along the cliff just north of the dunes. Since the trail further north (closer to the bridge) was recently cleared, I assume the overgrown section may soon be cleared, too. View full report 0
14 artist 02/07/2016

Except for large salamander on the dunes, there is nothing unusual to report. The entire trail is in good shape, especially since vegetation was cleared from portion of trail just north of Indian Sands. The second photo shows the relationship of the dunes to the surf: they are separated from the water by rocky cliffs 60 to 100 feet high.

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14 admin 05/30/2016

There is nothing significant to report. The trail, especially south of Indian Sands is in good shape, and there is no litter or damage. Attached photo shows cove (and ocean condition) between Whaleshead and Indian Sands.

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14 artist 10/23/2016

There is some new erosion on the dunes due to recent heavy rains. Also, trail between Whaleshead and Indian Sands is somewhat blocked by two small fallen trees.

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14 artist 11/29/2016 DISPATCH

Indian Sands: While watching the big surf from the rocky bluffs 60 feet above the ocean, I was struck by a wave that splashed up and over the rocks in front of me. I have a 24-second video of the event, but it is 10 MB. I did post the video on Facebook on November 29.

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14 artist 06/18/2017

There were signs of recent cliff erosion and a trail-marking sign left by an organized hiking group. I left the sign, though maybe I should have removed it.

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14 artist 11/11/2017

Everything on the trail, dunes and cliffs was normal. Beach is unaccessible on this mile.

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14 artist 07/08/2018

The only unusual siting today was a bird carcass on the dunes. I assume it's a raven. I also removed a large beer bottle that was left alongside the trail, but it was in an area near the highway. Other areas of the trail were trash-free.

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14 artist 03/30/2019 DISPATCH

Downed tree partially blocking the trail one-half mile north of Whaleshead

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14 artist 02/02/2020

Nothing significant to report.

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14 artist 03/17/2020 DISPATCH

The amount of trash and it's location on a steep slope make it difficult to retrieve. And a pickup truck is probably necessary to haul it away. Suggestion: To prevent future problems like this, some type of barrier should be installed to prevent vehicle access to this area.

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14 artist 06/20/2020 DISPATCH

Mattress dumped alongside trail near Highway 101 turnout just north of Whaleshead Trailhead.

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14 artist 12/06/2020

No unusual and/or negative natural or human impacts were observed. Weather was sunny; surf was big and loud.

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14 artist 08/01/2021

There was nothing unusual to report, despite that many footprints in the cliffside dunes indicate lots of recent visitors.

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15 EKeith 09/14/2008 One dead sea lion. Visible retreat of solid bluff. View full report 0
15 EKeith 08/14/2008 Day was foggy and cool,hot and sunny inland.No other people present.Some signs of human activity,driftwood hut building and very small amount of not to recent chain sawing.Minimal amount of litter,mostly rope and water bottles washed up from boats.One partial hull of a wrecked fiberglass boat approximately 12' to 14'long.Lots Of sea stars on the rocks below high tide. View full report 0
15 EKeith 01/03/2010 View full report 1
15 EKeith 12/04/2010 A very mild and pleasant day[almost zero wind],a little drizzle but some sun also.Mile Fifteen is a very beautiful section of the coastline,with rocky headlands[that are impassable] at each end.Much of it is acessable only at low tide,and because of the steep acess trails down,it has little human impact.There are are no physical changes to report. View full report 0
15 EKeith 06/20/2010 Beautiful sunny day on the oregon coast, [what we live for] although the wind kicked up and it became quite chilly. Five hikers/beachcomers. Most visiters to this section of beach are hiking through on the coastal trail and due to the steep access trail they are infrequent. View full report 1
15 FlissE 07/27/2012 We were on the beach for about three hours and saw no-one else other than the young man who was leaving as we arrived. Due to incoming tide, and wanting to go back up the Spruce Creek trail, we did not walk the entire length of the beach. There seemed to be significantly less driftwood on the beach than usual at this time of year. View full report 0
15 EKeith 01/04/2012 High/heavy surf.Driftwood scattered all over beach.More loss of sand ,areas of exposed rocks.Several gulls on shore and other birds in the surf.There is some debris from crabbing /fishing boat gear,Bits of plastic and water bottles washed up on the beach.Overall the beach was clean with no trash left behind by human activity. View full report 0
15 EKeith 02/05/2012 A warm winters day at the beach.A few high clouds,very light wind,the surf rough.A great day for beachcombing.There was evidence of storm activity,e.g. clumps of mussels and seaweeds torn from rocks and lots of mussel shells on the beach.In some areas the sand has receded 24-36 inches.The trail down has been well maitaineed and overall the beach clean with nothing unusual to report. View full report 0
15 EKeith 03/01/2014 View full report 0
15 artist 04/30/2020 DISPATCH

Occupants of RV camped on Highway 101 at North Isle Trailhead are dumping trash down hillside above Coast Trail.

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16 Christine 09/01/2007 This is the section of mile 16 I call Spruce Island Viewpoint South. It was too foggy to see down to the small cove beaches. Otherwise, nothing unusual observed. View full report 0
16 Christine 07/28/2007 This is the section of mile 16 I call Spruce Island View Point north. It was a beautiful viewing day at Arch Rock view point. 3 vehicles were stopped at the view point when I walked north and 6 were there when I returned south on the coastal trail. Two State Park Rangers and a truck were repairing the parking lot curb when I walked north and were finished by the time I returned south. I again saw new evidence of off road vehicle use with beer bottles and other garbage at the same unbarriered areas near Hwy 101 as reported before. Otherwise everything seems to be its normal natural state. View full report 0
16 Christine 07/01/2007 This is a fifth section of my "mile" 16 that I'll refer to as the Miner Creek access. It's the arbitrary border I created between the two longest sections of my "mile". I've noticed it seems to be a popular access point from Hwy 101 to the beach below. It's difficult to view from the arbitrary ends of my two sections, especially this time of year with all the foliage. So I've decided to add it in as an extra section of my mile. I saw two vehicles parked at the access point. One with two people and a dog returning to their car. The other car had 3 people and a dog, I encountered on the trail. Other than that, I observed nothing unusual. View full report 0
16 Christine 06/30/2007 This it the section of my "mile" I refer to as the Thunder Rock Cove going north on the Oregon Coastal Trail inside Sam Boardman Park. Nothing unusual seen. View full report 0
16 Christine 05/27/2007 This section of Mile 16 Spruce Island Viewpoint going South, nothing unusual observed. View full report 0
16 Christine 05/26/2007 In the section of Mile 16 I call Spruce Island Viewpoint going north, tire tracks of motorized vehicles were seen (again)in two small muddied un-barriered areas between Hwy 101 and the bluffs. Also evidence of grass herbicide perhaps used by ODOT for Hwy 101 was observed too far down the parallel Coastal trail than necessary. View full report 0
16 Christine 03/17/2007 I saw no problems on this section of my "mile" I identify as Thunder Rock Cove viewpoint south to Horse Prairie Creek. View full report 0
16 Christine 03/11/2007 Other than siting the dozen or so sunning Harbor Seals, and a cormorant-type of bird I couldn't identify, the same pleasantly nothing unnatural was happening in this section of my mile 16 from Thunder Rock Cove viewpoint north to Miner Creek. View full report 0
16 Christine 03/04/2007 I saw no problems on this section of my mile I identify as Spruce Island viewpoint south to Miner Creek including Deer Point. View full report 0
16 Christine 03/03/2007 I didn't see any problems on this section of my mile I identify as Spruce Island viewpoint north to the northern border of the Sam Boardman State Park. View full report 0
16 Christine 06/28/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 I call Spruce Island Viewpoint South. With the fog, extra summer foliage and steep cliffs all along the trail, not much of concern could be seen. View full report 0
16 Christine 05/24/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 I call Spruce Island Viewpoint North. Other than my commentary and questions about trail "maintenance", nothing unusual to report. View full report 0
16 Christine 04/26/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 I call Thunder Rock Cove Viewpoint South. When I arrived at the viewpoint parking, there was 1 truck parked near the section I call Thunder Rock Cove North, unknown how many people. On the South trail, I encountered 2 people on a side trail, unknown which entry they came by. Natural Bridges View Point is in the middle of this section and had one parked car and one truck. When I returned to the Thunder Rock Cove Viewpoint parking area, there were 3 cars and 1 truck closely parked near the entry to Thunder Rock Cove North and an unknown number of people. They may have been a group repairing the winter trail damage. It was a nice sunny day. Other than car/people activity, nothing unusual to report. View full report 0
16 Christine 03/29/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 I call Thunder Rock Cove North. Other than the downed tree that rather neatly created a new section of the trail, nothing unnatural or unusual noted. Some lovely spring growth perhaps limited by the cold. View full report 0
16 Christine 03/01/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 I call the Miner Creek access. The steep trail follows a steep and rocky creek to the small beach below. Other than the usual minor erosion problems and tree downings along the creek and trail and the very small very clean beach caused by the winter storms, there's not much to report. Nature can recover from small problems very effectively. View full report 0
16 Christine 02/02/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 that I call Spruce Island Viewpoint South. In a small ravine along the trail there were many downed 4-8 inch diameter snag (killed/diseased by what?)trees. They were probably blown down by the series of storms we've experienced of late. The ravine had no undergrowth and I believe may have been replanted after a logging situation with the same species of trees that were all the same age. This is a very small testimony about how natural species and age diversity protects our forests. View full report 0
16 Christine 12/29/2007 This is the section of mile 16 in Sam Boardman State Park I call Spruce Island Viewpoint North. Nothing unusual, no major storm damage, less beach areas, a few trees and lots of branches on the trail. Still signs of more off-Hwy 101 vehicles, garbage, tire marks, etc. in area with no highway barrier. View full report 0
16 Christine 12/01/2007 This is the section of mile 16 I call Thunder Rock Cove Viewpoint South. I caught site of what I believe is a splinter group of feral goats with two billies and two nannies. Other than that nothing unusual for the winter time was seen. View full report 0
16 Christine 10/27/2007 This is the section of Mile 16 I call Thunder Rock Cove Viewpoint North. I viewed six Harbor Seals sunning themselves on the rocks near the cove area. Other than that, nothing out of the ordinary was observed. View full report 0
16 Christine 09/29/2007 This is the mid section of Mile 16 I call the Minor Creek access. It was low tide and I could access the tiny beaches and saw nothing of concern. View full report 0
16 Christine 12/27/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Thunder Rock Cove Viewpoint North. A very rainy, stormy day. Saw no downed trees or other problems along the trail or in the tiny rocky coves far below. Only one orange and white float seen in one protected cove driftline area. No human activity. Only the cormorant and seagull on the rock in the Miner Creek cove area. No physical changes man-made or natural noticed. View full report 0
16 Christine 11/30/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Spruce Island Viewpoint South that includes Deer Point. Little human behavior can take place here other than trail maintenance. The ocean seemed unusually high with no storms happening, the ocean being relatively calm, and high tide yet to take place about 11:30 am. No beach areas were observed in any the coves. No problems either. View full report 0
16 Christine 11/01/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Spruce Island Viewpoint North that includes Arch Rock Viewpoint. Other than a small area just off Hwy 101 that has no barrier, where somebody habitually creates mud puddles with some sort of off road vehicle, little human behavior can take place here other than trail maintenance. Rainstorms tend to cover everything on the rocky cliffs and the small beach coves far below. Rainstorms sometimes allow me to surprise wildlife (or visa versa) like the little owl I saw today. They also disallow any long range viewing up or down the coast or out over the ocean in the few areas I have any views along the trail. View full report 0
16 Christine 10/04/2008 This is the section of mile 16 I call Thunder Rock Cove Viewpoint South. It was a chilly drizzly day between rainstorms, so only two cars with two couples stopped briefly at Natural Bridges viewpoint to take pictures. The ones from Michigan were very impressed with the beauty even though we couldn't see too far beyond the closest rocks. Other than that very little observed. View full report 0
16 Christine 08/30/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 I call Thunder Rock Cove Viewpoint North. Nothing out of the ordinary seen. Once again on such a nice sunny day I would have expected to see seals playing in the cove or sunning on the rocks. I saw none. View full report 0
16 Christine 08/02/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 I call Miner Creek. Nothing of concern was seen on the trail. Since the day was so calm, the lack of any Harbor Seals in the water or sunning on the rocks may indicate a reduction in seal activity in the area caused by what? View full report 0
16 Christine 08/28/2009 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Spruce Island Viewpoint North that includes Arch Rock Viewpoint. The large fallen snag/tree reported in March appears to continue to capture debris. The un-barriered area that can be accessed from the highway which may be a highway repair staging area seems to be well used by vehicles/people. Since it's been so dry, there are lots of tracks and there is a more obvious trail to the cove/beach below. View full report 0
16 Christine 07/24/2009 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Thunder Rock Cove viewpoint south. Little human activity can take place here other than trail maintenance. The day was mixed cloudy/sunny, low wind and cool. Nothing unusual was observed along the trail or from the ocean overview points along the trail. View full report 0
16 Christine 06/26/2009 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Thunder Rock Cove viewpoint North. Little human activity can take place here other than trail maintenance. The day was very sunny but windy. I noticed a group of about 20 below in the cove at the bottom of Minor Creek. They looked like a summer class. When I returned to TRCVN parking area, a bus was turning around to go north. I believe it had picked up the students at the top of Minor Creek, come south to the TRCVN parking area to turn around to go north. Other than that nothing unusual was observed along the trail or observed below in the coves. View full report 0
16 Christine 06/04/2009 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Miner Creek access. No vehicles or people present at the observation time. Only a few seagulls and a seal swimming in the cove were observed. View full report 0
16 Christine 04/23/2009 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Spruce Island Viewpoint South that includes Deer Point. Little human activity can take place here other than trail maintenance. The ocean was very choppy with sandy brown upwelling near shore due to the strong winds. No beach areas were observed in any of the coves. Due to the strong winds, no human activities, shoreline wildlife, or notable changes were observed. View full report 0
16 Christine 03/26/2009 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Spruce Island Viewpoint North that includes Arch Rock Viewpoint. See Bluff Erosion, Notable Live Wildlife and Comments on Human Activities sections inside my report for details. I’ve noticed whoever is chain sawing the trees out of the trails is dating when, I assume, they were taken out of the way. This one was 11/28/08. I appreciate the date stamp so I have a better idea when the tree fell and was subsequently removed during trail maintenance. View full report 0
16 Christine 02/28/2009 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Miner Creek access. The eroding bluff along the trail overlooking the creek that can be seen from below looks like it has some healthy brush growth over it and some branches thrown onto it from the trail above it so that it no longer looks to be a problem. Erosion seems to have slowed because of the natural growth and the branches added by, I assume, trail maintenance. Other than that, nothing unusual observed except the lack of bird or seal life again for such a calm day. View full report 0
16 Christine 01/31/2009 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Thunder Rock Cove viewpoint south that includes Natural Bridges. Little human activity can take place here other than trail maintenance. Nothing unusual was observed along the trail or from the ocean over view points along the trail. View full report 0
16 Christine 01/17/2010 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Spruce Island Viewpoint South that includes Deer Point. Little human activity can take place here other than trail maintenance. The ocean was very choppy with sandy brown upwelling near shore due to the strong winds and rainstorms. No beach areas were observed in any of the coves. Due to the strong winds and rainstorms, no human activities, shoreline wildlife, or notable changes were observed. View full report 0
16 Christine 01/10/2010 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Spruce Island Viewpoint North that includes Arch Rock Viewpoint. The large fallen snag/tree reported in March appears to continue to capture debris and holding up the cliff. The un-barriered area that can be accessed from the highway which may be a highway repair staging area seems to be well used by vehicles/people. Since it's been so wet, there are lots of tracks. View full report 0
16 Christine 12/31/2009 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Thunder Rock Cove viewpoint south that includes Natural Bridges. Little human activity can take place here other than trail maintenance. The day was very windy and rainy. Nothing unusual was observed along the trail or from the ocean over view points along the trail. View full report 0
16 Christine 11/25/2009 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Thunder Rock Cove viewpoint North. Little human activity can take place here other than trail maintenance. The day was partly sunny with a low wind. Nothing unusual was observed along the trail or observed below in the coves. View full report 0
16 Christine 10/29/2009 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Miner Creek access. Nothing unusual observed except the lack of bird or seal life again for such a calm day. View full report 0
16 Christine 09/17/2009 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Spruce Island Viewpoint South that includes Deer Point. Little human activity can take place here other than trail maintenance. No human activities, shoreline wildlife, or notable changes were observed. View full report 0
16 wild1234 12/09/2017

Not a lot of garbage on the the Natural trail, but the Arch Rock trail did have quite a few plastic bottles and pop cans.

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16 wild1234 03/26/2018

Some erosion.

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17 Hooskanaden 03/02/2008 The major item of interest along this mile is the land movement due to the slide at Hooskanaden. This year and last there has been minimal indication of movement. View full report 0
17 wild1234 07/18/2020 View full report 0
18 servant 11/11/2007 send photos, wanted to send alot more, but will only recieve one at a time, many more later View full report 2
20 D Bilderback 08/30/2007 We were invited to walk the Crook Point beach with David Ledig, South Coast Refuge Manager, and other USFW volunteers. There were many Gray Whales feeding among the kelp and off-shore rocks. A live, but underweight California Sea Lion with a fish tag out of his mouth was on the beach. A portion of a skull and lower jaw of a juvenile Harbor Porpoise and an older carcass of a dead Salmon Shark was found on the beach. We did see a few carcasses of Common Murre both adult and chicks but the number seemed normal considering that the off shore rocks are home to nesting colonies of these birds. Kelp/algae, shells, animal casing, wood pieces and ocean based debris in the driftline. One large piece of Broad-rib Kelp- Pleurophycus gardneri (brown)—wide midrib found in driftline. One large fish or crab plastic container on the beach. View full report 10
20 D Bilderback 05/22/2008 Kelp (Alaria (Ribbon Kelp), Polysyphonia, Desmarestia ligulata (Acid Kelp or Broad Acid Weed), several species of Callophyllis (Beautiful Leaf Seaweed), Hymenena (Black-lined Red Seaweed), Cystoseira (Northern Bladder Chain), Prionitis cartilagieum (Sea Braid), Pleurophycus (Broad-rib Kelp), Fucus (Rockweed),Mastocarpus pappillatus (Turkish Washcloth), Pelvetiopsis limitata (Little Rockweed), Ahnfeltia (Wiry Forked Seaweed), Microcladia (Coarse Sea Lace), Erythrophyllum (Red Sea Leaf) and Ptilota (Sea Fern)), Hydrozoa, Red Rock Crab carapaces, the Spiny Leather Bryozoan, Flustrellidra, and Eelgrass, (Zostera) were found in the driftline. Deer, raccoon, and river otter tracks found on the beach. Harbor Seals with pups in the bay and pulled out on the rocks. A dead Common Loon and Pelagic Cormorant were found near the Crook Point headland. Sea Rocket, Yellow Sand Verbena and Pacific Silverweed were blooming in the sand close to the headland on the north part of the mile. Ocean is brown from bloom of diatoms supported by nutrien upwelling. Beach gently sloping by 4 degrees. Sand accumulating against rocks and logs at base of headland. Rocky patches reduced in size as sand accumulates on beach. Wind 15-18 mph from NW on beach but 43.2 mph across the headlands. Air temperature on beach was 52 degrees F and the ocean temperature was 52.4 degrees F. Low human impact (0). View full report 12
20 D Bilderback 04/09/2008 On the nearshore headland, we saw a Lupine Blue Butterfly and a Checkerspot Butterfly. During this low tide, we found 8 large Cryptochitons (Gumboot Chitons), 8 Henricia leviuscula (Blood Stars), 1 Dermaterias imbricata (Leather Star), 1 Pisaster brevispinus (Giant Pink Star) and numerous Pisaster ochraceus (Ochre Sea Star). Up against a darker rock ledge, we found a blood red/orange Nemertea worm, Tubulanus polymorphus. There were many species of algae, kelp and rocks covered with Zostera marina (Eel grass). Kelp (Lessoniopsis (Strap Kelp), Pterygophora (Old Growth Kelp), Fucus (Rockweed), Ahnfeltiopsis (Flat-tipped Forked Seaweed), Egregia (Feather Boa Kelp), Constantinea (Cup and Saucer Seaweed), Cystoseira (Northern Bladder Chain), Mazzaella (Iridescent Seaweed), Nereocystis (Bull Kelp),Callophyllis (Beautiful Leaf Seaweed), Rhodymenia (Pacific Rose Seaweed), Chondracanthus (Turkish Towel), Opuntiella (Prickly Pear Seaweed), Postelsia palmaeformis (Sea Palm), Hedophyllum (Sea Cabbage), Hymenena (Black-lined Red Seaweed), Plocamium (Sea Braid), Neorhodomela (Corkscrew kelp or Dreadlocks—these are our made up common names), Porphyra (Nori or Laver), Desmarestia ligulata (Acid Kelp or Broad Acid Weed)), wood pieces, Spruce cones, myrtle seeds, Cryptochiton stelleri (Gumboot Chiton), Rock Crab Carapaces, Rock Scallop shells, Sponge (Clathria prolifera), Bryozoa including Flustrellidra (Spiny Leather Bryozoan), Hydrozoa and the red Tunicate, Ritterella, and feather worm tubes were found in the driftline. Western Gulls, Black Oystercatchers and Turkey Vultures flying offshore or above the beach. 21 Harbor Seals on offshore rocks. River Otter tracks on beach. Vocalization of Steller Sea Lions heard. North Cove with little sand and lots of cobblestones and drift logs. Slope of beach just south of Crook Point is 8 degrees. Southern most beach flat with cobblestones and drift logs against the headlands. Sanicula arctopoides (Footsteps-of-Spring), Fragaria chiloensis (Wild Strawberry), Armeria maritima (Thrift), Ranunculus californica (Buttercup)and Erigeron glaucus (Seaside Daisy) were in bloom on the headland of Crook Point. Calandrinia ciliata (Red Maid), Cerastium arvense (Field Chickweed), Bellis perennis (English Daisy) were blooming on the headland near the middle of the mile (south headland). Wind speed of 5.9 mph from SW. Air and ocean tempertaures of 49.7 and 49.8 degrees F, respectfully. Low human impact (2)-walking with two dogs. View full report 17
20 D Bilderback 03/24/2008 Persistent kelp beds off-shore. Kelp (Cryptopleura (Ruffled Red Seaweed), Mazzaella (Iridescent Seaweed), Ahnfeltia (Wiry Forked Seaweed), Ahnfeltiopsis (Flat-tipped Forked Seaweed), Plocamium (Sea Braid), Rhodymenia (Pacific Rose Seaweed), Hedophyllum (Sea Cabbage), Callophyllis (Beautiful Leaf Seaweed), Corallina (Coral Leaf Seaweeds and is a red coralline algae), Cystoseira (Northern Bladder Chain), Constantinea (Cup and Saucer Seaweed), Lessoniopsis (Strap Kelp), Pterygophora (Old Growth Kelp), Eelgrass (Zostera), wood, a Cryptochiton(Gumboot Chiton), the Tunicates: Stylea (Stalked Tunicate), Aplidium (Sea Pork), Distaplia (Clubbed Compound Tunicate),Bryozoa including Flustrellidra (Spiny Feather Bryosoan) and Hydrozoa including Aglaophenia (Ostrich-plume Hydroids) and Garveia (Orange Hydroid),sponges, rock and kelp crab carapaces in the driftline. One dead Ling Cod and one dead Rat Fish found on the beach. Beach slope of 8 degrees. Sand removed from mid mile leaving large cobble stones. Removed 2 large gunny sacks of plastic debris from beach. Three Black Oystercatchers and Western Gulls flying offshore. 26 Harbor Seals on offshore rocks. Six Gray Whales blows seen offshore. River Otter tracks in sand and Raccoon and River Otter scat on beach. Wind speed of 13.6 mph from Northwest. Air temperature of 48 degrees F and ocean temperature of 49 degree F. View full report 12
20 D Bilderback 02/25/2007 The red algae, Phorphyra and Bangia growing on the rocks. Kelp (Callophyllis, Rhodymenia, Lessoniopsis, Pterygohora, Hedophyllum, Cryptopleura, Ahnfeltia, Ahnfeltiopsis, Callophylis, Constantinea, Mazzaella, Cyptosiphonia, Hedophyllum, Opuntiella, Pyllospadix (surfgrass), one dead Cryptochiton, Bryozoa, Hydrozoa and the Tunicates: Aplidium, Styela and Ritterella; sponges, Feather-duster tube worms, Kelp Crab carapace and ocean-based debris in the driftline south of Crook Point. Two Raja rhina (Longnose Skate) eggcases found in drift. No drift on rest of the beach. A large fish storage container remains on the beach. Two Black Oystercatchers on off-shore rocks north of Crook Point. 25 Western Gulls and one Glaucous-winged Gull on beach. One Surf Scoter in surf. 34 Harbor Seals on rocks. Raccoon foot prints on the beach near the south end of the mile. Sanicula, Armeria, Ranunculus and Lasthenia blooming on Crook Point headland. A gunny sack of plastic bottles and other debris removed from beach. Black sands on flat beach with a slope of 2 degrees. No wind. Air temperature of 63 degrees F and ocean temperature of 51.1 degrees F. View full report 16
20 D Bilderback 01/23/2008 Kelp (Constantinea (Cup and Saucer Seaweed), Lessoniopsis (Strap Kelp), Pterygophora (Old Growth Kelp), Hedophyllum (Sea Cabbage), Fucus (Rockweed),Cryptoplura (Ruffled Red Seaweed), Chondracanthus (Turkish Towel), Osmundea (Sea Laurel), Ahnfeltiopsis (Flat-tipped Forked Seaweed), Callophyllis (Beautiful Leaf Seaweed), Hymenena (Black-lined Red Seaweed) and Plocamium(Sea Braid), 4 large dead Cryptochiton (Gum Boot Chiton), Bryozoa, Hydrozoa, and the Tunicates: Aplidium (Sea Pork), Distaplia (Clubbed Compound Tunicate), Styela (Stalked Tunicate) and Ritterella and ocean-based debris in the driftline south of Crook Point. No drift from 1/2 mile south of Crook Point to the end of the mile. Two Black Oystercatchers on off-shore rock. California Sea Lions heard on offshore rocks. 22 Harbor Seals on off-shore rocks and swimming in ocean. Raccon tracks on headland and deer tracks on beach. Erosion of Pleistocene sands of North Cove headland. Removal of sand exposing cobble stones. Minor landslides and a few fallen trees. Large number of logs on cobble stones. Light wind (2.2 miles from SW. Air temperature of 60F and ocean temperature of 49F. Low human impact (0). View full report 11
20 D Bilderback 11/08/2007 At North Cove, sand had been removed exposing cobble stones at foot of headland. Invasive Ice Plants were found on the headland of North Cove and on the South Cove near Crook Point. Postelsia and Neurocystis in driftline. Porphyra and Mastocarpus growing on the rocks. Aggregating and Green Anemones on intertidal rocks. Large number of barnacle scars on the rocks indicting a mortality event. Water temperature was 51.9 degrees F., windspeed: 17.5 mph from Southwest. A very heavy driftline on the south beach consisting of a large amount of terrestrial debris (leaves, small woody pieces and Myrtle seeds) and the algae: Lessoniopsis, Postelsia, Egregia, Pterygophora, Nerocystis, Cryptopleura, Callophyllis, Constantinea, Desmarestia, Hymenena, Ahnfeltiopsis, Corallina, Serraticardia, and Arthrocardia. Small amounts of Gumboot Chitons, tunicates and Hydrozoa in driftline. Three Killdeer on beach. Harbor Seals swimming in the bay. Sea Stars (Piaster ochraceus) on rocks. Beach slope of 6 degrees. About 3 feet of sand removed exposing large cobbles at base of headland. Low human impact (0), but tracks of a person with a dog was observed. View full report 10
20 D Bilderback 12/08/2008 Very light and patchy driftline with 21 genera of kelp/algae, a few olive and mussel shells, 2 small Cryptochitons(Gumboot Chitons), one Blood Star (Henricia), several Spot-bellied Rock Crabs (Cancer antennarius), and Dungeness Crab (Cancer magister) carapaces, One Kelp Crab (Pugettia producta) carapace, Feather-duster worm tubes, a few Leather Bryozoa, two sponges and Hydrozoa and ocean-based debris in the driftline. Three grocery-sized bags of debris removed from the beach. One dead Western Grebe. Double-crested Cormorants on offshore rocks. Brown Pelicans, flying offshore. Black Phoebes, Pippets, Flicker over headland. Great Blue Heron on beach. Tracks of deer, River Otter, Raccoon and possible skunk on beach. About 90 harbor seals on rocks and in water. One Sea Lion in water. Sand removed exposing cobbles on south beach. Driftwood gathered at southern end of mile. Wind speed of 7.4 mph air and ocean temperatures of 53 and 52.4 degrees F, respectively. View full report 24
20 D Bilderback 11/18/2008 Twenty-five species of kelp/algae, clumps of surfgrass, small rocks, Leather Bryozoa, Hydrozoa, Sea pork tunicates, Stylea (Stalked Tunicate), one Cryptochiton, Sponges, jellies, one empty skate eggcase in driftline. Four dead Common Murre, two eaten by a raptor. Owl pellet with small bird bones on Crook Point. Forty Harbor Seals resting on rocks or swimming in bay. Two Black Oystercatchers and Double-crested Cormorants on off-shore rocks. Tracks of deer, river otter, fox, raccoon, coyote and Harbor Seal on beach. Low-flying paraglider over beach and headland. (Reported to State Parks and USFW.) Sand removed from south beach exposing large rocks. Sand accumulation on middle beach covering cobble patches. Run-off from headlands washed sand out of gullies. Driftlogs piled up at south end of mile. Air and ocean tembertures of 62 and 55.4 F, respectively. No wind. View full report 1
20 D Bilderback 10/02/2008 Kelp/algae (see list in General Comment), wood, Eelgrass (Zostera), Sea Grass (Phyllospadix), a few Spot-bellied Crab (Cancer antennarius) carapaces and Leather Bryozoan (Flestrellia spinifera) found in the driftline. Live birds included one Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, and several Heermann's Gulls. Sea Roaches (Ligia pallasi) scurrying around rocky outcrops of Crook Point. Dead birds included 30 Common Murre, 2 Pelagic Cormorants and 1 immature Western Gull. Dead marine mammals included 1 large decomposed California Sea Lion, 1 juvenile Steller's Sea Lion and 2 Harbor Seal skulls, one adult and one pup. Small amount of man-made debris and a crab float with rope. Sand being removed from southern end of mile. Cobble patches remain on the middle beach. Air and ocean temperature of 59 and 49.6 degrees F, respectively. Wind from SW at 9.5 mph. Light rain. View full report 15
20 D Bilderback 08/07/2008 26 species of kelp/algae with Bryozoans, Hydrozoans and a few jellys in the driftline. A Northern Elephant Seal resting on the beach and a California Sea Lion hauled up on the rocks at Crook Point headland. Harbor Porpoises and Gray Whales swimming offshore. Many Harbor Seals hauled out on the rocks. Brown Pelicans on rocks and in bay with Herrmann's Gulls, Western Grebes, and cormorants. Western Gulls, Black Oystercatchers, Pigeon Guillimont, and Caspian Terns flying over ocean and on off-shore rocks. California and Steller's Sea Lions on off-shore rocks. Nereocystis (Bull Kelp) and Cystoseira (Northern Bladder Chain) in kelp beds in bay. Otter, deer and raccoon tracks on beach. Dead Townsend's Vole on beach. Sand moving onshore and accumulating next to driftwood. Some patches of cobbles. Beach slope of 6 degrees. Air and ocean temperature of 60 and 54.3 degrees F., respectively. Low human impact (0). View full report 19
20 D Bilderback 03/31/2009 Little of no drift. Middle beach had some forest duff with some kelp/algae. A few Leather Bryozoa (Flustrellidra spinifera). Found skate eggcase in driftline, probably Longnose Skate (Raja rhina). Deflated rubber raft on beach. 18 Gray Whales migrating offshore. 45 Harbor Seals resting on various rocks. A pair of Black Oystercatchers foraging on rocks. Common Loon and Wester Grebe in Bay. New landslide along steep hillside at southern tip of the mile. No Sand removal from North Cove beach. Wind speed of 12.2 from NW. Air and ocean temperature of 50 and 53.2 degrees F., respectively. Low human impact (0). View full report 12