Mile 176 Report

August 15, 2022
by GasiorowskiM

North end Baker Beach, Lily Lake
Monday 10:45 AM
65° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
-0.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
There was a small amount of litter on the beach, mainly beverage bottles.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
There were tire tracks crossing Berry Creek to the southern part of the Mile 176 beach, apparently in violation of the prohibition on vehicle traffic access. There were also five people riding horses on the beach just below Berry Creek, in Mile 175.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
A badly decomposed gull.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
There is very limited human debris and other material on the beach.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

The dunes, bluffs, and cliffs overlooking the beach are largely intact, with little indication of erosion.  


Mile 176 is quite pretty, with a wide beach, wind-sculpted dunes, and few visitors.  The high point of this visit was two gray whales swimming 50-80 yards offshore, spouting and often breaking the surface.  I also saw various gulls, pelicans, semi-palmated plovers, two hawks, and a bald eagle (flying just overhead).  The beach is mostly empty, though some mussel and clam shells, crab fragments, sand dollars, and driftwood are visible, mainly at the north end.  The easiest access to Mile 176 is via a short trail running from a parking area on highway 101 located about 10 yards below mile marker 181 down to the beach, right next to the florescent green beach marker 95.  

  • Beach view facing north.
    August 15, 2022
  • Beach view facing south.
    August 15, 2022
  • Gray whale spout just offshore (at right in photo).
    August 15, 2022
  • Tire tracks just north of Berry Creek.
    August 15, 2022
  • Beach marker 95, at outlet of trail from highway 101.
    August 15, 2022
Other Mile 176 Reports (24)


December 2, 2012 - cheshire
Visited mile 176 and picked up one small bag of trash. Beach is generally calm and clean.
August 21, 2012 - magmama
No litter, no dead animals and not much to report except that it was a beautiful morning
June 10, 2012 - magmama
Lots of rock hunters and people with poorly controlled dogs.
April 20, 2012 - TeeLeo
Heceta Beach North of Baker Beach at the rocks below Southview Gated Community there was another landslide. I have seen many slides there but this one was so big the mud line was 18 feet high on the...
March 11, 2012 - magmama
Cold and on and off rain."Lots of rock hunters and people with poorly controlled dogs"


September 16, 2010 - CMHarvey
I do hope ODOT finally does something about the fissures and erosion immediately west of 101, just north of the entrance to the Southview PUD housing, because if, during our winter rains, that...
June 15, 2010 - CMHarvey
Some quads recently crossed over Berry Creek from the south, not Forest Service and the Forest Service had a pickup truck north of Berry Creek during the past three months as well.
March 15, 2010 - CMHarvey
I visit the area everyday, in all weather..


September 9, 2009 - CMHarvey
Seen many horseback riders on the beach.


December 15, 2008 - CMHarvey
As reported in the past, the edge of the road, the steep part immediately west of highway 101 from the north end of Baker Beach to at least the road into the old Berry Creek Quarry, continues to move...
September 16, 2008 - CMHarvey
The edge of highway 101 from the northend of Baker Beach to at least the road into the old Berry Creek quarry, continues to move downward, slipping off the steep face of the area.
March 15, 2008 - CMHarvey
Forest Service vehicles on the beach just north of Berry Creek.
March 12, 2008 - Zurflueh
Beach was strikingly clean of debris.
February 15, 2008 - oldMGguy
First visit to this mile. Very limited human use due to a long slog thru soft sand from the Baker Beach parking lot or down from Hwy 101 via a steep trail at the Southview neighborhood entrance. This...
  • View of Mile 176 looking north from Berry Creek.  Highway 101 and the Southview neighborhood, 5 miles north of Florence, is visible on the hill.
  • The foredunes on the north half of Mile 176 are quite steep and unusually high.


December 10, 2007 - Zurflueh
There was lots of Kelp and large logs as a result of recent storms.
September 15, 2007 - CMHarvey
The user-maintained path to the beach from the Overlook shows signs of being pushed toward the sea. Over the past year it seems to have settled and been pushed toward the ocean by pressure from...
September 14, 2007 - Zurflueh
The mile was clean and serene.
September 12, 2007 - CMHarvey
I repeat my last message: the degradation of the slopes at the north end of this mile could be catastrophic to the daily use of highway 101. Some attention should be paid to mitigation of the growing...
June 14, 2007 - Zurflueh
Sigh is up advising pet owners to keep animals on 6-inch leash while on this beach. (Plover Protection) Beach was relatively clear of debris.
May 26, 2007 - JKGarvey
First report, no significant human damage to area, other then the horse trail over the dunes and on the land side paralleling the dunes. The amount of drifting sand appeared unusual to me, but my...
March 16, 2007 - CMHarvey
The degradation of the slopes at the north end of this mile could be catastrophic to the daily use of highway 101. Some attention should be paid to mitigation of the growing problems with the...
March 13, 2007 - Zurflueh
North of Lily lake outlet saw bulldozer working, operator said he works for the Feds, something to do with bird habitat.


December 10, 2006 - CMHarvey
Beach clean, people walking and enjoying the area. One dead Seagull.
December 6, 2006 - Zurflueh
Unusual number of streams arising from the foredune. Lots of logs and debris on the beach.