Mile 180 Dispatch
December 17, 2021
Other Mile 180 Reports (40)
October 6, 2022 - lectricrideroneNatural evolution has changed the appearance of the sand cliffs just south of Hobbit Beach. Cliff faces are now getting larger as excess sand is being swept away by the tide. I saw two dead harbor...
April 7, 2022 - lectricrideroneI noticed the usual natural increase in sand on the beach starting to cover rocks that are completely covered up in the summer. In addition, there are fewer pebbles showing as the sand covers them...
December 5, 2020 - lectricrideroneLarge waves are causing logs to roll on the beach. You have to pay attention and avoid logs that float.
August 19, 2020 - lectricrideroneNatural slow erosion of hillside. Picture. Parking are appeared over crowded.
October 23, 2019 - lectricrideroneSnowy Plover and Seagulls look happy. No recent slides visible. 8 cars in the pullout.
August 6, 2019 - lectricrideroneI saw 12 people and two dogs on the beach. No dead animals or trash. Small waves. The tide comes almost all the way up to the rocks and flattens the beach. Cool cloudy weather seems to keep...
April 30, 2019 - lectricrideroneCrab in the tideline. Small landslide activity on Heceta Headland . Picture. The Hobbit Trail is washed out and holes make progress challenging. Tree roots make the trail uneven with many...
December 5, 2017 - billmaxmcw2 bags of mostly ocean-based debris; hundreds of water bottle caps. Interesting objects (see photos). Tubeworm tubes? Whatisit?
May 18, 2017 - DepoeRenaDue to the early hour, I was mainly alone on the beaches and trails. In total, I eventually only saw three other people. Beaches and trails were mostly free of garbage or human debris. Dead sea...
February 12, 2017 - billmaxmcwRecent high tides to cliff bases. Moderate winter erosion. Fairly light amount of mixed plastic debris (one bag).
January 1, 2016 - billmaxmcwLots (4+ bags) ocean-based debris; large amt. tubeworm casings; unusual blue tree roots; recent landslides.
November 6, 2015 - Bill&JanieBeautiful fall sunny day enjoyed by visitors & dogs. Odd filaments in drift line (tube worm casings) and one dead adult sea lion. Only 1 bag of debris and a crab pot.
August 21, 2015 - billmaxmcwContinued bluff erosion N. of Heceta Head. Unexpected freshwater spring activity there. Little debris, mostly shore-based. N. wind scouring. Lots of people enjoying beautiful day on the beach.
May 2, 2015 - PhotoJimWashburne Day Use to Hobbit Beach. Sand very flat. Very little trash. Calm winds. Very peaceful.
January 8, 2015 - billmaxmcwUnusual number dead Auklets (about 40). More ocean-based debris than usual.
September 10, 2014 - Volunteer TrainerInteresting Pictures from Jim Schuler
August 25, 2014 - billmaxmcwSummer replenishment of sand, primarily blown in from the north. New colonization of dunes by grass and succulents, like yellow sand verbena and American searocket in photo. Very clean beach.
April 29, 2014 - billmaxmcw3 bags of oceaan-based debris; 10-12 plastic fishing floats ranging in diameter from 3-18 inches and many plastic bottles, apparently all Japanese except one Russian vodka bottle.
December 16, 2013 - Bill&JanieClean beach; only 1 bag mixed debris. ? cause clumps of large mussels washed up.
August 13, 2013 - Bill&JanieTens of thousands of apparently molted crabshells, all sizes. Dead adult skate. Adult Bald Eagle. No ocean-based debris (a first).
October 6, 2012 - billmaxmcwClean beach; 2 bags of mainly ocean-based debris. Ongoing sand cliff erosions.
June 28, 2012 - billmaxmcwExpected wet spring runoff channels. Clean except styrofoam pieces. Busy Thursday on the beach.
March 23, 2012 - billmaxmcw4 bags of ocean-based debris. Mermaid's purse (photo), large Japanese buoy (photo).
November 20, 2011 - billmaxmcw7 people enjoying a fine autumn Sunday. Ongoing cliff erosions, stable. Dead scoters and amount of driftline feathers unusual. 3 bags of ocean-base debris not unusual.
August 10, 2011 - billmaxmcwMore springs/streams than in past. Surprisingly little debris.
March 4, 2011 - billmaxmcwDead (few weeks) ~30 ft. Orca. Fairly large recent landslides. 3 bags Ocean-based debris.
October 15, 2010 - billmaxmcwBeautiful fall day, small amt. debris (1 large bag). Dead Western Grebes unusual for me. Nice example of "Mermaid's Purse" (egg case of the Big skate, raja binoculata)(photo). Continued sand loss, up...
July 17, 2010 - billmaxmcw3 bags of ocean-based debris. Continued sand loss over past year, 2-5 ft. total. Remains of 3 sea lions; one juvenile & one small adult several weeks dead, one large adult 2+years dead.
May 6, 2010 - billmaxmcwMore ocean-based plastics now. Loss of about 3 feet (depth) of sand south part, near Cape, newly-exposing stumps and rocks. River Otter running into surf.
February 8, 2010 - billmaxmcwLight human activity on fine day. Significant loss of beach sand since last report; est. 2 feet depth of sand gone from south end near cape, 1 foot farther north. New stumps exposed (see photo). 2...
January 10, 2010 - turnstoneThere was a small slide near the south end of the beach, it seemed very fresh.There was a dead Brown Pelican just south of the Hobbit Trail junction on the beach.
October 9, 2009 - Bill&JanieGenerally clean; only about 1 bag of debris, 90% ocean-based. Tent with belongings, recently-used.
July 19, 2009 - Bill&JanieAlmost pristine beach; small amt. of trash, mostly land-based; much less ocean-based trash this time. Only small amt. erosion of cliffs. See photo of unusual elevated footprints from wind erosion...
March 26, 2009 - Bill&JanieLots of people & dogs on spring break, but not much shore-based debris. 2 big bags of ocean-based debris. Continued moderate cliff/foredune erosion.
January 9, 2009 - Bill&JanieLight activity/impact. Fairly usual new erosion (rock, sand, trees). 3 bags of plastic and bottles removed. How long did it take gooseneck barnacles to grow to 2 in. on a float? Rootlike mass of...
October 22, 2008 - Bill&JanieContinued sand and vegetation erosion above shallow bluffs; about 1/3 of beachside bluffs affected. Beach fairly clean; 1 bag of plastic, beer cans, bottles removed. Note sediment layer including...
August 3, 2008 - MAshleyThree small slide areas north of Hobbit Trail and three larger slide areas farther north. In addition, there were people carving in the walls of the cliffs causing sand to fall. Some tide pools...
June 18, 2007 - krystromMajor landslide. Sand covering cobbles at foot of Hobbit Trail.
March 27, 2007 - krystromSpring break: more people, cars, sand, erosion than ever.
December 21, 2006 - krystromClean beach, some bluff erosion, landslides.