Mile 180 Report

May 2, 2015
by PhotoJim

South Carl G. Washburne SP, Hobbit Trail, Heceta Head
Saturday 5:30 PM
57° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
1.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Apparent Violations:
Pictures in the sandstone, driftwood piled
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Stacks of driftwood in several places, Surprisingly little trash.
Notable Wildlife:
2 turkey vultures, 8 gulls
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
very little trash
New Development:
Natural Changes:
There are a couple of area just north of Hobbit beach where people climb the dunes.
Washburne Day Use to Hobbit Beach. Sand very flat. Very little trash. Calm winds. Very peaceful.
  • apparent mineral color in sand
    apparent mineral color in sand
    Just south of the Day Use entry to Beach
    June 2, 2015
  • apparent mineral color in sand
    apparent mineral color in sand
    Just south of the Day Use entry to Beach
    June 2, 2015
  • section of wall along the beach south of the day use entry
    section of wall along the beach south of the day use entry
    Just south of the Day Use entry to Beach
    June 2, 2015
  • Looking down the beach toward Heceta Head
    Looking down the beach toward Heceta Head
    around half way to Hobbit Beach
    June 2, 2015
  • some rocks at a small tidepool
    some rocks at a small tidepool
    around half way to Hobbit Beach
    June 2, 2015
  • small amount of beach twine along beach
    small amount of beach twine along beach
    Just past half way to Hobbit Beach
    June 2, 2015
  • Etched face in the sandstone wall
    Etched face in the sandstone wall
    Just north of Hobbit Beach entry
    June 2, 2015
  • Looking back toward Washburne Day Use
    Looking back toward Washburne Day Use
    Just north of Hobbit Beach entry
    June 2, 2015
  • A stack of driftwood
    A stack of driftwood
    Just north of Hobbit Beach entry
    June 2, 2015
  • Another stack of driftwood along the beach
    Another stack of driftwood along the beach
    North of Hobbit Beach
    June 2, 2015
  • Another section of the beach wall
    Another section of the beach wall
    about 2/3 of the way back to day use from hobbit beach
    June 2, 2015
  • One of the new safety signs
    One of the new safety signs
    At the beach entry to the Washburne Day Use
    June 2, 2015
Other Mile 180 Reports (36)


August 19, 2020 - lectricriderone
Natural slow erosion of hillside.  Picture.   Parking are appeared over crowded.  
  • Mile 180
  • Heceta Head


October 23, 2019 - lectricriderone
Snowy Plover and Seagulls look happy.  No recent slides visible.   8 cars in the pullout.  
  • Hobbit Beach trail marker
  • Mile 180
  • Snowy Plover
August 6, 2019 - lectricriderone
I 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...
  • Hobbit Beach Trail
  • Unstable Cliff
April 30, 2019 - lectricriderone
Crab 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...
  • Heceta Head
  • Small earth slide
  • Tideline mile 180


December 5, 2017 - billmaxmcw
2 bags of mostly ocean-based debris; hundreds of water bottle caps.  Interesting objects (see photos).  Tubeworm tubes?  Whatisit?
  • Tubeworm tubes?
  • Slick wet wood density
May 18, 2017 - YachatsRena
Due 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...
  • Coyote at Carl G. Washburne SP
  • Vulture on Sea Lion
February 12, 2017 - billmaxmcw
Recent high tides to cliff bases.  Moderate winter erosion.  Fairly light amount of mixed plastic debris (one bag).


January 1, 2016 - billmaxmcw
Lots (4+ bags) ocean-based debris; large amt. tubeworm casings; unusual blue tree roots; recent landslides.
  • new landslide
  • Unusual color tree root


November 6, 2015 - Bill&Janie
Beautiful 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.
  • filamentous drift line (tube worm casings)
  • very dead sea lion; skeleton, oregon coast
August 21, 2015 - billmaxmcw
Continued 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.
January 8, 2015 - billmaxmcw
Unusual number dead Auklets (about 40). More ocean-based debris than usual.


September 10, 2014 - Volunteer Trainer
Interesting Pictures from Jim Schuler
  • signs of small lesions
  • sea star on right may be showing signs by allowing arm to lie open to exposure
August 25, 2014 - billmaxmcw
Summer 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 - billmaxmcw
3 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&Janie
Clean beach; only 1 bag mixed debris. ? cause clumps of large mussels washed up.
August 13, 2013 - Bill&Janie
Tens of thousands of apparently molted crabshells, all sizes. Dead adult skate. Adult Bald Eagle. No ocean-based debris (a first).


October 6, 2012 - billmaxmcw
Clean beach; 2 bags of mainly ocean-based debris. Ongoing sand cliff erosions.
June 28, 2012 - billmaxmcw
Expected wet spring runoff channels. Clean except styrofoam pieces. Busy Thursday on the beach.
March 23, 2012 - billmaxmcw
4 bags of ocean-based debris. Mermaid's purse (photo), large Japanese buoy (photo).


November 20, 2011 - billmaxmcw
7 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 - billmaxmcw
More springs/streams than in past. Surprisingly little debris.
March 4, 2011 - billmaxmcw
Dead (few weeks) ~30 ft. Orca. Fairly large recent landslides. 3 bags Ocean-based debris.
  • Approx. 30 ft. long (if include missing tail).  Teeth missing.  Dead a few weeks.
  • North of Heceta Head.


October 15, 2010 - billmaxmcw
Beautiful 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...
  • Egg case of Big skate, raja binoculata
July 17, 2010 - billmaxmcw
3 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 - billmaxmcw
More 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 - billmaxmcw
Light 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...
  • Newly-exposed ancient stumps near Hobbit Trail.
January 10, 2010 - turnstone
There 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.
  • Small slide near south end of beach
  • Dead Brown Pelican near Hobbit Trail


October 9, 2009 - Bill&Janie
Generally clean; only about 1 bag of debris, 90% ocean-based. Tent with belongings, recently-used.
July 19, 2009 - Bill&Janie
Almost 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...
  • Also gulls in foreground.
March 26, 2009 - Bill&Janie
Lots of people & dogs on spring break, but not much shore-based debris. 2 big bags of ocean-based debris. Continued moderate cliff/foredune erosion.
  • Heceta Head from ultralight plane (note hidden arch below lighthouse).
January 9, 2009 - Bill&Janie
Light 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&Janie
Continued 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...
  • Looking south from mile 180.9; vehicle tracks (State Park ranger).
  • Sand and vegetation erosion above shallow bluffs.
  • Tidepool on igneous rocks exposed a low tide, mile 180.7
  • Northern end of Heceta Head.  No apparent erosion.
  • Part of sediment layer including remnants of ancient forest fire.  Edge of bluff at beach.
August 3, 2008 - MAshley
Three 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 - krystrom
Major landslide. Sand covering cobbles at foot of Hobbit Trail.
March 27, 2007 - krystrom
Spring break: more people, cars, sand, erosion than ever.
  • Looking north
  • Mile 180 Base of Hobbit Trail


December 21, 2006 - krystrom
Clean beach, some bluff erosion, landslides.