Mile 154 Report

January 15, 2021
by oldMGguy

Oregon Dunes NRA, west of Butterfly Lake
Friday 2:30 PM
55° F
Calm/Light from the W
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune

I hiked the 3-Mile Lake - Tahkenitch Dune Loop Trail today, starting and ending in the Tahkenitch Dune Campground trailhead parking lot.  The beach portion of the loop covers Mile 154 and southern half of Mile 155.

I met just one trail runner on the entire 6.2 mile loop.  Only notable wildlife were bunches of Rough-Skinned Newts doing their slow-motion stroll across the trail surface.  A few Pacific Winter Wrens were peeping away from the foliage, no other notable birds or critters observed, mostly due to foggy conditions on the beach.  Even though I was out on the beach 2 hours after high tide, the occasional sneaker wave would force me up against the eroded sandy foredunes.

There are debris piles at both beach access points from beach walkers picking up the worst of the marine-sourced debris, mostly plastic bottles and fishing/crab pot floats.  If you look closely at the contents of the high water wrack line, it is filled with plastic bits and pieces - bottle caps, shotgun shells, inhalers, immense numbers of dime-to-quarter sized plastic bits, and lots of nylon rope pieces and shreds.  This was hands-down the worst collection of plastic debris I've ever seen on this beach since 2007 (see photo).

  • Plastic bits and pieces all along Mile 154 and 155.
    North end of Mile 154.
    January 15, 2021
Other Mile 154 Reports (24)


April 7, 2022 - Eugene Hikers
Six Eugene Hikers parked at Tahkenitch Campground parking lot, hiked Dunes Trail, and entered beach at Emergency Sign #115. Four cars were observed in parking lot. It was a beautiful, calm, sunny day...
February 10, 2022 - Eugene Hikers
Four Eugene Hikers parked in Tahkenitch Campground parking lot (4 other cars present), hiked Dunes Trail, and accessed beach at Emergency Sign #115.  It was foggy, windy, and desolate on beach - only...


July 8, 2021 - Eugene Hikers
9 Eugene Hikers parked (2 cars) at Tahkenitch Campground parking lot - 3 other cars were there.  They hiked the beach access trail to the beach and south to Emergency Sign #115A.  Beach was sunny, 65...
February 8, 2021 - Eugene Hikers
Hikers parked at Tahkenitch CG lot, where there were 2 other cars, and accessed beach on Dunes Trail at Emergency Sign #115.  Sections of the fence on bluff blocking beach access next to that trail...


August 27, 2020 - Eugene Hikers
8 Eugene Hikers ("Hikers") parked at Tahkenitch Campground day area and accessed the beach on Tahkenitch Dunes trail.  Hikers were on Mile 154 for 2 hours.  They observed 6 other people walking on...


October 10, 2019 - Eugene Hikers
Four Eugene Hikers parked in Tahkenitch Campground parking lot, hiked Dunes Trail, and entered beach at Emergency Sign #115.  One other car observed at start and one truck observed upon leaving ...
May 23, 2019 - Eugene Hikers
Eight Eugene Hikers parked in Tahkenitch Campground lot and hiked trail to beach access at Sign 115.  (See picture 12).  The group accessed beach for Mile 154 at about 11:00 am and left about 1:00 pm...


August 30, 2018 - Eugene Hikers
10 Eugene Hikers walked Mile 154 with Fawn Custer, Volunteer Coordinator.  Took Tahkenitch Dunes Trail, entered beach at Emerg. Sign #115, then back on 3 MIle Lake trail (Emerg. Sign #115A).  Many...
June 13, 2018 - oldMGguy
Hiked the Three Mile Lake - ocean beach - Tahkenitch Dune Loop Trail (6 miles) today.  The beach portion of the loop covers Mile 154 and the south half of Mile 155.  Met only two other hikers all day...
May 3, 2018 - Eugene Hikers
Ten Eugene Hikers walked Mile 154, starting from Tahkenitch Dunes Trail.  The beach was very calm with a lack of animal life (birds, sea mammals), and one other person walking.  There were crab...


August 2, 2017 - Eugene Hikers
No debris, white sand, steep slope to water.  Data sheet misplaced
March 2, 2017 - Eugene Hikers
Six Eugene Hikers participated along with Fawn Custer, Volunteer Coordinator.  Parked and accessed Mile 154 at Tahkenitch CG lot and used beach access around blocked off area.  There had been a...


January 22, 2012 - LBacon
Hiked to beach from Tahkenitch Campground. Significant beach lowering and foredune erosion at north end of mile. Very little trash and debris. Trees and brush washed out along Tahkenitch Creek and...


June 20, 2011 - LBacon
Beautiful day for a beach hike. Beach was relatively free of trash. Noticed increased erosion of foredune near the north of of the mile close to Tahkenitch Creek outlet. Saw one set of tire tracks in...
  • found on beach log
March 6, 2011 - LBacon
Pleasant weather, a little cool with gentle north wind. Beach unusually clean of man-made debris. Many root wads and dead trees, particularly on the north part from bank erosion and resulting washing...


October 18, 2010 - LBacon
Beach was very clean, only picked up small amount of trash. It had gained a bit of sand during the summer and since my last observation. Saw tracks indicating ATV activity in closure area, but no...
February 23, 2010 - LBacon
Accessed beach from Tahkenitch Campground trail. Most notable change was to the north end where there has been considerable foredune erosion. Where the trail normally crosses the foredune to the...


November 21, 2009 - LBacon
Started out near mid-day from the end of Sparrow Park road and walked more than a mile to my assigned beach. Some human activity near the end of the road, but none on my beach. Surf still rough from...
September 2, 2009 - LBacon
Saw four doing the six-mile loop hike originating at the Tahkenitch Campground. It includes a mile of beach walking. In addition to those hikers I had three companions with me. Even though the...
June 15, 2009 - pcornett
Overcast burned off and wind came up some. Thee were a large number of whole dungeness crabs and crab parts. The sand has really built up on the beach, even leading to the foredune. There was...
June 3, 2009 - LBacon
Walked in this time from Tahkenitch Campground and completed a six-mile loop that included my beach mile. Sand has continued to build against the foredune. Beach is relatively clean and no indication...
March 28, 2009 - LBacon
Major changes since last trip were buildup of sand along high foredune to the north of my mile, and many small trees and brush washed ashore from wave intrusion and bank erosion in Tahkenitch Estuary...


December 9, 2008 - Foggy
Accessed Mile 154 from Sparrow Park Road via a bike with super-wide tires, then walked the Mile; that made the 6-mile roundtrip very easy. There were no other humans or vehicles on Mile 154; the...
  • Highly modified mountain bike with super-wide tires. Single speed. Four to five times faster than walking, and great for riding through small creeks and small waves.
  • Looking north to Mile 155 and the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek (a gang of gulls)
  • A line of 18 or so brown pelicans taking advantage of the glassy sea and almost totally calm wind to ride the air currents over the surf.
November 24, 2008 - LBacon
The beach was very clean. Not much driftwood except for several large stumps and logs, evidently there for some time. Saw quite a few casings from baby crabs. No tire tracks in closed area. ATV...