Mile 154 Report

October 10, 2019
by Eugene Hikers

Location:
Douglas
Oregon Dunes NRA, west of Butterfly Lake
Conditions:
Thursday 11:00 AM
Sunny
65° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
6.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
4
Dogs:
0
Activities:
There were no other people seen on Mile 154, except 4 Eugene Hikers. There were no dogs. The Eugene Hikers picked up one full yard sack of litter/debris. (See attached picture)
Concerns:
Litter
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
2
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
There was one other car in Tahkenitch Campground parking lot upon arrival. There was one additional truck in this lot as Eugene Hikers were leaving.
Notable Wildlife:
Observed fewer than 10 gulls
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
In addition to seaweed, crab molt, a few shells, there was the following land and ocean based debris found in the south Mile 154 beach area (where vehicles are permitted): wood pieces (eg from a dock?), a hiking boot, 4 individual shoes, large plastic piece, 15 water bottles, 2 glass bottles (one liquor), styrofoam, portion of a car bumper, green rope (from boat/ship).
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Comments:
Summary:

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 parking lot.  Hikers backtracked for their return and were on Mile 154 from about 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.  It was a beautiful, calm, sunny day (65 degree temp).  No other people or dogs and fewer than 10 gulls observed.  There was a little dried seaweed, many crab molt and few other shells, a few small jellyfish.  Eugene Hikers collected a full sack of debris/litter from the south of Mile 154 beach (area where motor vehicles permitted) including a boot, shoes, large plastic piece, styrofoam, 15 plastic water bottles, glass bottles, car bumper piece, rope (from boat/ship), small wood pieces (from a dock?).  

  • Eugene Hikers and debris pickup
    At end of Mile 154 by Emergency Sign #115A
    October 10, 2019
Other Mile 154 Reports (18)

2019

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...

2018

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...

2017

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...

2012

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...

2011

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...

2010

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...

2009

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...

2008

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...