Mile 129 Report

July 29, 2017
by [email protected]

Horsfall Beach on North Spit, directly west of Jordan Cove
Saturday 10:00 AM
55° F
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
2.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Walking the dog.
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 3
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Gull - type
Fish & Invertebrates:
Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Just a quiet foggy day at the beach.

Had the place to ourselves.

  • The sign is back up!
    The sign is back up! It disappeared in the winter storms.
    July 24, 2017
  • July 24, 2017
Other Mile 129 Reports (49)


October 2, 2022 - [email protected]
Spick n span clean from human debris.  Large piles of bull-whip kelp.
  • topography of mile 129 beach
January 8, 2022 - [email protected]
4 people walking with 6 dogscormorant struggling near the shoreline - no obvious injurysmall temporary driftwood structure at high water line
  • people walking, dogs, truck
  • pyrosomes
  • cormorant, bird


November 5, 2021 - [email protected]
A quiet day at the beach on a King Tide day.  Big ocean swells and short time between waves.  Low winds and partly sunny.  One seal out in the water.
  • Horsefall Beach waves at Mile 129 at Weyerhauser Ponds.  King Tide day.
September 10, 2021 - [email protected]
Beautiful day at the beach.  Cloudy, but warm and sun shining through the clouds.  Pleasant breeze.
July 26, 2021 - [email protected]
Injured murrelet.
May 17, 2021 - [email protected]
A surprisingly clean beach, given this low tide.  Generally very foggy with very pleasant warm sunny breaks.  Choppy ocean with 4 fishing boats in the denser fog offshore.
  • Foggy morning, intermittent sunny areas
  • Fishing boats, choppy seas
April 17, 2021 - [email protected]
Just a quiet foggy mid-day.  As usual on such days we had the place to ourselves.
  • Foggy
  • COVID debris
March 10, 2021 - [email protected]
Foredune erosion.  Ocean action is carving "cliffed" areas out of the foredunes, at times as much as 6' tall, 90 degrees to the beach.Increased bird life - young/small turkey vultures and sandpipers...
  • Foredune erosion.
February 24, 2021 - [email protected]
Unusual quantity of amber (Sea Nettles?) jellyfish.
  • Amber colored jellyfish (Sea Nettles?)
  • Amber colored jellyfish (Sea Nettles?)
  • Wrack line, grass fiber debris, driftwood.
  • Beach with many broken clam shells
February 17, 2021 - [email protected]
January 29, 2021 - [email protected]
Since it was high tide I opted for a foredune walk with a drop in at the beach.


November 15, 2020 - [email protected]
KING TIDE, November 15, 2020.
November 12, 2020 - [email protected]
Invertebretes seen on beach sand at water's edge.  Worm with multiple 'legs'.  I've not seen these worms at the beach before.  Perhaps bait left by a fisherman?  No other humans in sight.
  • Invertebrete in beach sand
October 23, 2020 - [email protected]
2 Nutria sited at Weywehauser pond.Sorry, photos poor. 
September 15, 2020 - [email protected]
Live injured bird. ?American Coot?
  • American Coot
February 2, 2020 - [email protected]
FV showing itself near 128/129.
  • Beach view to the south.
  • Beached crab pot
  • FV resurfaces


October 24, 2018 - [email protected]
Dead sea lion. 7' length.  See photos.
July 1, 2018 - [email protected]
Human Activity:  Higher than usual numbers of people. 1 equestrian.Shoreline Wildlife:  1 dead Harbour Porpoise;1 dead large jellyfish
  • Harbour Porpoise.1
  • Harbor Porpoise.2
  • Harbor Porpoise.3
  • Harbor Porpoise.4
  • Jellyfish
  • Harbour Porpoise Skull from above
  • Harbor Porpoise Skull from above.1
  • Harbour Porpoise skull from underside


December 4, 2017 - [email protected]
Lovely calm day at the beach.  King Tide unimpressive (see photo).Total of 6 beach walkers with 5 dogs on the beach.  One birdwatcher.Driftline was mostly clear of debris.  Some small pieces of white...
  • King Tide at Mile 129, Oregon Coast
November 4, 2017 - [email protected]
  • Living Dangerously
September 29, 2017 - [email protected]
A great deal of bullwhip kelp on beach - see photo
  • Bullwhip kelp piles up on Horsfall Beaches.
  • Dead fish (1) found in shoreline.
  • Gelatinous-like invertebrates (?) at shoreline.
August 21, 2017 - [email protected]
  • Dead skate
August 17, 2017 - [email protected]
  • Vegetation growing on beach infront of foredunes.
August 13, 2017 - [email protected]
Large dead mammal.  Dessicated and gelatinous.  Dinner for 12 turkey vultures.  Had my dog with me so didn't get very close.  Appeared to be large sea lion or small elephant seal.  Head pretty well...
  • Mammal carcass.
  • skull
  • scapulae
March 28, 2017 - [email protected]
Someone's been decorating my beach.
  • Beach Deco
  • Beach Deco2
  • Beach Deco3
March 10, 2017 - [email protected]
Gorgeous early evening Friday, sun headed to the horizon, calm breeze, low tide - bliss.
  • Sun meeting the horizon - gloriious.  Looking south.
  • Calm, peaceful evening beach.  Looking north.
January 10, 2017 - [email protected]
  • King Tide
  • Foredune erosion


December 24, 2016 - [email protected]
(Viewed 12/24/2016; Report filed 12/30/2016.)  The storms have brought in a larger than usual amount of trash, logs/wood debris, styrofoam, bottles - plastic and glass, some floats, some sort of...
December 12, 2016 - [email protected]
Down to the beach for King Tide event.
February 15, 2016 - [email protected]
There appears to be a sunken vessel at approximately the south end of Mile 129, possibly in Mile 128. Informed by Ryan Parker, beach ranger, that it is the Sara Jo. Tide was coming in and I was not...
  • Rusty metal structure. Looks like the shape of a vessel approximately 35' in length.
January 4, 2016 - [email protected]
One dead cormorant observed (photo). Foredunes losing sand; beach now at 30 degree angle.
  • ATV sign burial
  • Trail sign burial
  • Cormorant


November 2, 2015 - [email protected]
July 2, 2015 - [email protected]
Bright and sunny inland with wet fog at shoreline, brightening as you move inland toward the dunes. 4th of July weekend and the promise of a very busy sunny day at the beach. With inland (I5) temps...


February 8, 2013 - [email protected]
Warm and calm behind the foredunes, but on the beach cold and windy. Ocean active with numerous large-ish waves. Only a couple of birds on the beach. Numerous waterbirds, including geese behind...


August 30, 2012 - [email protected]
As usual a very clean and quiet beach, although my visit was on Thursday at midday. The outgoing surf was small but busy. Shells, animal casings in driftline. Only one person and a dog on the beach...
  • As usual, well populated.
March 4, 2012 - [email protected]
A spectacular day on the beach. Don't we live in a glorious area? Most users were teenagers, presumably due to the high school basketball tournament this weekend.The beach was fairly clear of trash...
  • Approximately 8% grade to beach from foredune out.
  • These guys were seen in the wet sand areas.


June 26, 2011 - [email protected]
The day was gloriously sunny and warm(!). We were surprised how well populated the area just over the dune from the parking lot was. M129, one mile south of the parking lot, was quiet. Good for us...
January 2, 2011 - [email protected]
I watch the crabbers in their boats just past the waveline. Their white forms are intermitently visible, then disappear except for the mast, as the waves seem to consume them. A crabbing vessel...


October 13, 2010 - [email protected]
As usual a very quiet beach. We were the only people on our stretch of beach, and it was a blessedly beautiful day. The lone vehicle was a street legal truck that was travelling about 25 mph - boo...
April 24, 2010 - [email protected]
Such a wonderful day at the beach. After a walk to the farther end of our mile, we found the perfect sand drift to lounge on. We enjoyed reading in the sun and a snack. The beach is at about a 6...
February 22, 2010 - [email protected]
Quiet, clean and private are the best adjectives for Mile 129 today. No trash, no flotsam. The beach in front of the foredune is gently sloped at less than 6 degrees. The tide was out. The inside...


November 30, 2008 - [email protected]
The ocean was impressively turbulent. Most visitors did not venture as far as our beach, probably due to the ferocity of the ocean, and the very high tide, allowing little safe beach passage. We...
  • This driftwood fort has been standing all summer and fall.  It lies at the northernmost section of our beach.
  • The usual large amount of driftwood at the Northern end of our beach.
  • Common Murre
July 23, 2008 - [email protected]
Another beautiful, if windy day at the beach. Shells, animal casings (numerous crab carapaces), kelp/algae, wood pieces, land-based debris and Styrofoam in driftline. Frothy green algae in surf....
June 12, 2008 - [email protected]
Overall the beach, while well-used on this day, is a quiet beach. The sun was peaking through, and a number of people were out enjoying the warmth. I took the opportunity to run with the dog. All...
March 24, 2008 - [email protected]
A lovely day at the beach. Cool with a light breeze. Spring Break crowds at the access parking lot, but our mile was empty of people/dogs, except for we three - Mike, Liz, and Izzy-the-dog. Shells...
  • Sanderlings and one larger Dunlin are shown in this picture.


September 21, 2007 - [email protected]
Our beach was remarkably clean. No trash, and only 2 plastic bottles. The foredune is eroding. The topography comes off of the foredune at 90 degrees, then the beach levels off to a mesa-like flat...
June 27, 2007 - [email protected]
A glorious day at the beach, worthy of an Oregon travelog. There was remarkably little trash on the beach-hooray! I witnessed only appropriate people use, although ATV tracks divulged some recent...
  • Beach overview at Mile 129
  • ATV tracks in the sand show that there has been some illegal ATV use on this beach.
  • A flock of Western Sandpipers on Mile 129
  • Shorebirds on Mile 129
  • Seal pup warning sign posted.
  • Osprey on Mile 129.
  • Mile 129 showing driftwood and foredunes.
March 11, 2007 - [email protected]
Shells, animal casings, single and knotted bull kelp, small rocks, wood pieces and plastic bottles in driftline. Erosion of vegetated foredune. Western Gulls and Sanderlings on beach. 1 sand crab...


December 15, 2006 - [email protected]
Huge knots of bull kelp, red lettuce algae and wood pieces in driftline. Clam shells and broken sand dollars on beach. Beach slopes gently to abrupt edge of foredune. Sand has been removed since...