Mile 12 Report

December 10, 2008
by George

Location:
Curry
Boardman SP cliffs
Conditions:
Wednesday 1:30 PM
Sunny
55° F
Wind:
Calm/Light
Tide Level:
-1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
6
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
6
Concerns:
Litter
Apparent Violations:
Litter, especially cigarette butts, around House Rock parking area. No trash recdeptacles in sight.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
3
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Sea lions, gulls
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
A few large jellyfish.
Driftline:
Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Styrofoam
Ropes
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
Please note report was mailed 12/16/2008 to Ed Rossiter, as instructed. Mail was returned because forwarding time has expired.Since this is my first report on Mile 12, and I'm not sure when this mile was last covered, there were two significant events in the last three years or so:1. Major landslide (see photo 1) which cut out a section of the Oregon Coast Trail just south of Whaleshead Beach. Several hundred yards are not safely traversable and the O.C.T. has been rerouted along the bluffs, bypassing almost all of the beach.2. Removal by State Parks Department of several dozen Douglas Firs from around the House Rock viewpoint to o[pen up ocean views. (See photo 2).
  • Photo shows extent of landslide of 2 - 3 years ago.
    Photo shows extent of landslide of 2 - 3 years ago.
    Oregon Coast Trail, justg south of Whaleshead Beach
    December 10, 2008
  • Stumps resulting from the removal of Douglsas Firs at House Rock Viewpoint.  They were also removed from the north side.
    Stumps resulting from the removal of Douglsas Firs at House Rock Viewpoint. They were also removed from the north side.
    House Rock Viewpoint
    December 10, 2008
Other Mile 12 Reports (5)

2010

March 17, 2010 - George
No changes of any import observed since last time.Very strong winds precluded much human activity (it was hard to stand up on the cliff tops) . 10-15 ft. wind-driven waves breaking near shore, much...

2009

December 24, 2009 - George
The difficulty of access and the State Park protection of Mile 12 continue to isolate it from any appreciable signs of human intrusion. Although the area is subject to erosion and landslides during...
  • This was the view form the south end of mile 12, in an area relatively protected from the House Rock viewpoint "mini-cape".  North of the "mini-cape" at Whaleshead Beach, the surf was much higher and more organized.
September 15, 2009 - George
Mile 12 looks pretty much the way it always does. With a beautiful day at hand and more people in town than usual there was a bit more activity than usual, but this is still a lightly used area with...
June 10, 2009 - George
This appears to be healthy mile, lightly used, and with full bloom of coreopsis, wild carrot, wild lily,Oregon grape, etc. Observed more kelp, fewer sea stars than normal. But is that really part of...
  • This was found at the waterline along with vertebrae, ribs, and miscellaneous other bones, but no skull or limbs.  It had been well picked over, but enough flesh was left to cast an unpleasant smell.
March 10, 2009 - George
It's hard to believe that Coastwatchers want miles where something happens; usually, what happens is not good. I am very happy to report that nothing has happened since the last report. There is...