Mile 122 Report

January 21, 2017
by JohnnyCN

Location:
Coos
Bastendorff Beach west half
Conditions:
Saturday 1:30 PM
Rain
Wind:
Moderate from the SW
Humans / Pets:
People:
6
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
6
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
3
Activity Comments:
Due to bad weather, high tides there were almost no people on the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
There was no live wildlife on the beach; however, there was one dead pinniped, but it was so disintegrated that I couldn't tell what it was although I surmise that it was a harbor seal or a sea lion. I wouldn't have found it except for my dog alerting me to it.
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces
There were rocks from fist-sized to basketball-sized on the beach, but mostly tiny wood pieces about fir needles size in the driftline when it could be found. It was difficult to find because the waves had run clear up the foredune into the vegetation and apparently had become dispersed so the driftline was also dispersed and lost.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Evidence of wave overtopping
All of these natural changes occurred due, I would guess, to the waves overtopping the foredune. I am not sure that the sandy foredune is exactly a "solid bluff," but it's as solid as anything available at that geographical point.
Comments:

I have taken no action because there seemed to be nothing to be done that was possible and/or made sense.

Summary:

Mile 122, Bastendorf Beach, is a beach I've walked many times for pleasure so I am well acquainted with it; therefore, I was very surprised to see what was happening to it due to weather and especially waves.  Unusually high waves had topped the foredune that runs parallel to the beach.  The foredune is approximately two to six feet above the beach and highly vegetated.  High waves had swept up and over it, in some cases flooding clear through the parking lots and onto the road.  The parking lots were, in some cases, still flooded and/or sanded in; they also contained driftwood and rocks of various sizes.  Roots of various plants and even a small tree or two had been revealed and could be seen from the beach.  Deep cuts varying from ten to thirty feet had been cut into the vegetated foredune.  Banks that had been steep and sharp were now rounded and soft or swept away entirely.  

There was little human and canine activity, due to continuing rain, wind and blowing sand.  There was no shoreline wildlife except a very few gulls; the only mammal was a long-dead and somewhat pungent pinniped too far gone for me to identify.  There were, however, a number of natural changes to the shore line which I have listed above.

Other Mile 122 Reports (10)

2017

January 29, 2017 - JohnnyCN
The waves/surf wasn't nearly as high today as it was the last time I walked the beach just a couple of days ago.  The weather was also better and there was no wind.  Due to this calmness, I think,...

2012

October 18, 2012 - [email protected]
No significant changes in erosion or deposition of fore dune since my last report, though some foredune erosion is indicated near Miner Creek where a 20 foot log tossed completely up on the foredune...
  • Seal with hindquarters missing, entrails protruding. Also note large (3-5 inch diameter) areas of missing skin, one with entrails also emerging.

2011

September 29, 2011 - Magicalsnakeman
It was a beautiful day to walk the beach. The tide was a bit high for complete tide-pool viewing. THe interesting part of the walk was finding the dead Murre. I hiked up to the mile North of this...

2010

December 22, 2010 - [email protected]
Very little change from last report. 18 people, 2 dogs using the beach. No stranded mammals, few gulls and crows, otherwise little wildlife. Driftline was relatively clean, probably from recent high...
  • In center of mile, a short distance of beach sand erosion left a slight ridge, size measureable by german shepherd as "yardstick"
  • The ridge formed by erosion is no deeper, but now extends for a couple of hundred yards in the center of the mile.
  • By December 22, the ridge of sand has been eroded back almost to the foredune, with removal of 5 -5.5 feet of sand (note german shepherd yardstick). Surfers report the cove is increasingly shallow.
September 6, 2010 - [email protected]
Winter sand infilling of low beach is evident as low reefs begin disappearing; a recent dead sea lion and harbor seal; new stairs installed at eroded foredune; otherwise not much change since last...
  • Access to the beach has been closed by trailer park, but the path these stairs end at is on public land along a cliff face of Mussel Reef, reached by a rather harrowing pathway up the cliff.
  • One recently deposited seal; sea lion not shown
  • Intertidal area showing emergent rocks about 6 feet above sand on April 18, 2010. Normally, the rocks are buried by sand after winter storms
  • The match for April 18, 2010, showing intertidal area of emergent rocks now 3 feet above sand.
June 5, 2010 - [email protected]
Physical Changes: A rockfall has spalled off the 35 foot cliff at the southwest end of Bastendorff Beach. In addition, erosion of the foredune may have progressed since March, 2010, as suggested...
  • Seal or sea lion, with green X painted on torso, with human foot for scale.
  • Rock has spalled off 35 foot high cliff face at southwest end of mile 122, including forest floor vegetation. Person in picture for scale.
March 13, 2010 - [email protected]
Since we were last there in January, the foredune has eroded markedly, resulting in the loss of numerous shrubby Englemann spruces and a shore pine growing on the dunes. As the dune erodes, a lot of...
  • The small forest (Englemann spruce) on top of the foredune is collapsing onto the beach as the foredune is being washed away.
  • Due to extensive erosion of the foredune, forming a "cliff", the campers from the adjacent RV park have cut a new path for beach access. Note the "no tresspassing" sign about to be washed away.

2008

November 16, 2008 - bbrown
Found possible California sea lion, hard to identify due to the severity of its decomposition. Head and fin seem to be missing, measurements couldn't be conducted. Dead pelican was also spotted,...
  • Found just south of first parking lot, body very decomposed, missing both its head and tail
  • Found in high tide line: a bundle of bones, very long and easily recognized as a pelican.
  • Pacific Sand Lance (Ammodytes hexapterus)washed up at the surf line.
  • California Grunion, Leuresthes tenuis, also found washed up in the surf.
May 23, 2008 - Magicalsnakeman
It was a nice cloudy day on the mile. No huge changes accept the snag falls on the southern end of the mile. Of course, the sand has started its migration back onto the beach. Many sea stars,...
February 10, 2008 - Magicalsnakeman
Ctenophores, kelp, shells, plastic pellets and ocean-based debris in driftline. Many anemones on tidal outcropping. Two dead Western Grebes. Erosion of the vegetated foredune. Vehicle tracks in...
  • from southern end on tidal outcroppings