Mile 116 Report

December 13, 2014
by alaingamerica

Location:
Coos
Seven Devils cliffs, Cape Arago South Cove
Conditions:
Saturday 12:00 PM
Sunny
50° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
2.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
3
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
1 person carrying out drift wood
Concerns:
Driftwood removal
Apparent Violations:
Just one individual bringing less than 10 medium branches out by hand.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
2
Activity Comments:
I don't think the person carrying the branches is a cause for concern. Given the condition of the trail, it seems the few visitors are proceeding with care.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
New Development:
Steps down bluff
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Landslides/major boulder falls
Comments:
I spoke with Preson Phillips, 541-888-3778 ext. 223 about the landslide. It happened in the winter of 2013, and it continues to move. He said there were no plans in place as of yet to do any modifications, but come May he expects crews to come out and spruce up the trail to allow access for the many school and other organizations who come to look in the tidepools. There are no plans to put in any culverts or riprap. It seems the State's approach is necessarily low impact, due to budget constraints.
Summary:
The big news is the landslide, which threatens the access trail to the south cove. The slide began last winter and continues to move. (I have been remiss in visiting my mile and wish I would have done a report when the slide actually started. Visit your miles regularly, people!) The bottom portion of the trail is extremely treacherous and the slide is beginning to undercut certain portions of the trail.Due to the high level of the low tide, I did not examine the tidepools this trip. One person was leaving as we were coming in. A very quiet, yet perfectly beautiful winter day.
  • Was modified last spring after initial slide. Narrow, muddy, slick, unstable looking
    Was modified last spring after initial slide. Narrow, muddy, slick, unstable looking
    South Cove beach access
    December 13, 2014
  • There was ground water flowing on either side of the landmass.
    There was ground water flowing on either side of the landmass.
    South Cove beach access, Cape Arago
    December 13, 2014
  • Exposed tree roots. Wouldn't be surprised if it dropped before the winter is over
    Exposed tree roots. Wouldn't be surprised if it dropped before the winter is over
    Just north of beach access trail, South Cove, Cape Arago
    December 13, 2014
  • Probably exposed during initial slide.
    Probably exposed during initial slide.
    in the slide chasm, just south of beach access trail,South Cove, Cape Arago
    December 13, 2014
  • Obvious slump of land detaching from main part of cliff
    Obvious slump of land detaching from main part of cliff
    South of beach access trail, South Cove, Cape Arago
    December 13, 2014
  • Beach access formerly went through this area, just uphill from here, the State put in railroad tie steps and switched the trail back
    Beach access formerly went through this area, just uphill from here, the State put in railroad tie steps and switched the trail back
    Lower portion of South Cove beach access trail, Cape Arago
    December 13, 2014
  • A memorial bench used to rest on this concrete pad. The State removed it before it could fall into the chasm. The trail is being undercut at the far edge of the concrete pad
    A memorial bench used to rest on this concrete pad. The State removed it before it could fall into the chasm. The trail is being undercut at the far edge of the concrete pad
    South Cove beach access trail, Cape Arago
    December 13, 2014
  • a view across the chasm made by the landslide.
    a view across the chasm made by the landslide.
    South Cove beach access trail, Cape Arago
    December 13, 2014
  • A small trail used to skirt the edge up top. No more.
    A small trail used to skirt the edge up top. No more.
    South of the top of South Cove trail, Cape Arago
    December 13, 2014
Other Mile 116 Reports (27)

2020

July 25, 2020 - alaingamerica
Pleased to see so many  families exploring South Cove's tidepools respectfully.  I  saw a racoon out there. I  do depend on other visitors to cue me in on interesting finds, but in all my years of...
  • Map
  • Racoon siting
  • Sea Star
  • Sea urchin
  • Staged?
  • Micro plastic
June 27, 2020 - alaingamerica
Many people enjoying the tidepools and beach as the weather began to get better in general. Wasn't able to get to S. Cove during the parks shutdown. This was the second low tide happening on the...
  • Mussel beds
  • Beauty shot of mussel beds
  • Sea Urchins are home
  • Gumboot chiton
  • Sandy Chiton
  • Chitons
  • Sea Stars
  • Sea Anemone
  • Live crab
January 19, 2020 - alaingamerica
Fairly low tide during daylight hours on a dry day brought only a few visitors. Muddy trail access inspired creative entry points. Seasonal waterfalls flowing heavily. Observed a breeding pair of...
  • Low tide to compare to King Tide
  • worm trails on tide pool rocks
  • pale anemone
  • emerged nudibrach?
  • Sea Star
  • Chiton
  • Limpet family
  •  creative access points
  • creative access points
  • Seasonal waterfall
  • Seasonal waterfall
  • Harlequins
  • Beauty shot
January 11, 2020 - alaingamerica
Though Cape Arago was receiving possibly record number of visitors, no one was trying to surf or otherwise visit South Cove. The tidepools were completely submerged, numerous driftwood were tossed by...
  • Submerged tidepools
  • Floating driftwood
  • Driftwood shifting in the surf
  • Most of access trail not impacted
  • Heavy visitation creates traffic

2019

December 25, 2019 - alaingamerica
I have always been curious what is happening at my mile during high tide. I generally go at low tide to access the most sand and tide pools I can.  Since Christmas day had a king tide, I did a brief...
  • King tide st South Cove
November 1, 2019 - alaingamerica
Nice day at the beach. Not many vistors despite the fair weather. Saw lots of crab shells in the wrack line. Not sure if it's a molt. See pix. Tide higher than when I normally visit.
  • wrack line
  • eyeballs?
July 4, 2019 - alaingamerica
A beautiful 4th of July at the South Cove. Many people accepting the invitation by the Park to explore the tidepools. Most people on their best behavior, though I did see some kids climbing a crumbly...
  • Drift line
  • Tidepoolers
  • Tidepoolers
  • six rayed sea star
  • Rock or Eel fish
  • Driftwood re-arrangement
  • bleached eel grass
  • White stuff on rocks
  • lots of lumps on the beach
  • live snail
  • live snails
  • Chiton
  • Limpets
  • Blooming bush
April 21, 2019 - alaingamerica
I came armed with two fully charged camers and didn't see anything unusual. Beach was cleaner than last time.
  • Fisherman
  • Catch of the day
  • Minus tide
February 17, 2019 - alaingamerica
A very nice day. Went to try and get better photos of the Harlequin group I saw last time, but if they were there, they were out of range for photos. My battery ran dead fairly soon anyway. I...
  • Heron
  • South Cove
January 26, 2019 - alaingamerica
Very quiet day, despite the fine weather. Saw a boat closer in than I've ever observed. 3 Cormorants and a flock of Harlequin ducks. Two Sea Stars. 3 Chiton, one a gumboot I'll swear I photographed...
  • small net
  • Close in boat
  • beach access
  • Dead fish
  • Gumboot Chiton
  • 3 cormorants
  • Chiton
  • Chiton

2018

May 19, 2018 - JamieF
A beautiful day out, great low tide. People were respectful of the intertidal habitat. Having the watchful eyes of several OIMB graduate students on hand was no doubt a helpful factor.

2017

April 2, 2017 - alaingamerica
One of the first nice weekend days of the season, and the most humans visiting the mile that I personally have ever seen.
February 19, 2017 - alaingamerica
Just a cursuray visit. Saw four people and 1 dog in total. 3 vehicles in car park. Noticed lots of small plastic fragments in wrack line. Found a boat bumper (?) from Cape Sebastian. Wonder if more...
  • Tree falling further?
January 29, 2017 - alaingamerica
Not much evidence of the recent high tides. Found unusual to me things in the low drift line. An abundance of small snails on rocks. I myself murdered quite a few by walking out on the rocks. Doesn't...
  • red sea anemone

2016

January 1, 2016 - JamieF
Walked on beach southward along boulder field to furthest extent practical and returned. Mostly found refuse and very little/no marine bird or mammal remains.

2015

May 9, 2015 - alaingamerica
A high number of people for this mile, enjoying the low tide. Will be returning with a mission to track the number of sea stars and sea urchins. Will edit report once I identify the unusual creature...
  • This creature is roughly adult hand sized, rounded and firm to the touch. You can see the  hermit crabs that were dancing around on it's surface.
  • New trees down in slide" "Directly south of beach access trail
January 1, 2015 - JamieF
Collected approx. 60lbs of litter, mostly plastics (see photo)Erosion of cliffs ongoing.

2012

February 23, 2012 - junebugrudd
Everything was quiet and reasonably undisturbed. Kelp, shells, rocks, wood and land- and ocean-based debris in the driftline. Common Loons and dabbling ducks in the bay. Major cracks and landslides...
  • Major erosion of walkway down to the beach
  • Trees falling, more erosion
  • Tide pools alive!
  • Example of litter at this site
  • Healthy bunch of beach wrack

2009

December 23, 2009 - alaingamerica
Due to the tide height, this was not an ideal day for a CoastWatch of mile 116. Anything that might wash up was certainly submerged or floating in the cove. However, I was very surprised at the...
  • Note call numbers on plane. It was heard that this plane was associated with the group of 10 surfers visiting mile 116 on this day.
  • Majority of party of 10 surfers visiting mile 116. (and me in the blue coat)
  • I've learned that South Cove is in the very Northern part of their range, but it is unusual to see them at the beach!
October 3, 2009 - alaingamerica
The South Cove appears much as it always does, beautiful and serene. Only myself, my partner and two other visitors during my visit. I have never noticed Black Oystercatchers in the cove before. They...
  • top view of octopus remains found on beach this trip.
  • bottom view of octopus remains.
  • I think this guy lives in this area. I have a photo of another Heron from a previous visit. Maybe it's the same one?
  • I'd never noticed this snail before, so I'm posting it here.
May 25, 2009 - alaingamerica
Extremely low tide offered opportunity to look at rarely exposed areas. Found a vivid royal purple sea star. Overheard one tidepooler telling another she saw two dead sunfish. Many animal casings(...
  • A shot of south cove at a -2.4 tide.
  • Another shot, the north side of south cove. The most exposed rock I've ever seen there.
  • I was impressed with the coloration of this ochre sea star. I've never seen such a vivid purple. Hopefully it shows on the picture.

2008

December 5, 2008 - alaingamerica
Was able to positively identify ducks I saw last time as wintering Harlequins. Great Blue Heron was confident we would not be charging out over the rocks to harm it, though it did keep a watchful eye...
  • Great Blue Heron at South Cove, Cape Aragon, December 2008
  • GBH flies out to sea from South Cove, Cape Arago
  • Wintering Harlequin adult male in breeding plumage, swimming in the waters of South Cove, Cape Arago
  • 3 adult male Harlequins in breeding plumage, sunning on rock in South Cove, Cape Arago
  • Need help identifying this.  Was found in South Cove, Cape Arago. Is about the size of two digits of an index finger. Thank you!
September 21, 2008 - alaingamerica
This visit was a few months from my last visit. I found this quite helpful in observing how the piles of kelp I saw last visit are being broken down. My goal is to get to my mile much more frequently...
  • Pretty day, eh?
  • Another reference point. Pic looks like could have been taken at Leslie Gulch.
  • Such a nice day at the beach!
  • Sorry for poor quality. I needs me a telephoto and an idenfication guide...
June 22, 2008 - alaingamerica
Heavy thick mats of kelp and seaweed in driftline. State Parks ranger, who was guiding a tidepool walk, assured me large kelp piles were normal. Two dead purple shore crabs. Heavy human impact (42...
February 2, 2008 - alaingamerica
The mile looks much the same as last visit. It seems like a new tree has slid down the bluff. Erosion is continuing at northern border of mile 116. Five rain-fed waterfalls flowing at full force...

2007

June 16, 2007 - alaingamerica
Many people taking advantage of the very low tide. Oregon State Parks had a ranger guide people through the tidepools. I observed enthusiastic, but respectful exploring. Very light wrackline....
March 11, 2007 - alaingamerica
Was the first warm, sunnyish weekend day. Lots of people in love with the tidepools. Kelp/algae and land-based debris in driftline. Sunstars, urchins, chitons, pink anemone and seaweeds in South...
  • I would like to see this critter open some day!