Mile 122 Report

January 29, 2017
by JohnnyCN

Bastendorff Beach west half
Sunday 12:15 PM
43° F
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
People were walking, enjoying themselves. Saw no questionable behavior.
Notable Wildlife:
7 "peeps" along surf
Dead Birds:
Very little left of this dead bird, possibly a murre, but really don't know.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets
There was some kind of clear cylindrical material from a half inch to two and a half inches long and a half inch or less in diameter all along the driftline. I don't recall ever seeing them before and have no idea as to what they are.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Erosion of vegetated foredune·Evidence of wave overtopping
The waves today were not nearly as high as they were the last time I walked here, but the foredune still showed the ravages of high waves/surf.

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, there were many more people present, all of whom were walking the beach, some with their dogs.  Everyone was in a good mood, and the dogs were well controlled.  The only wildlife present were 7 "peeps" wandering with the waves and the occasional sea gull flying over.   The foredune showed its battle with the waves reflected in undercut banks and vegetation, and 2 or 3 deep cuts into the vegetated areas.  Overall, this mile of beach clearly shows scars from the recent storm.

Other Mile 122 Reports (10)


January 21, 2017 - JohnnyCN
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...


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.


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...


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.


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