Mile 194 Report

March 4, 2021
by tietjenl

Yachats, Adobe Inn, Smelt Sands Wayside
Thursday 9:30 AM
50° F
Moderate from the SW
Tide Level:
0.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Bike to Smelt Sands trailhead
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:
One individual was picking up litter on the beach in front of the Adobe.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
New Development:
Natural Changes:

A blustery day on the beach today. No concerns or significant changes noted, but as I'm new to CoastWatch, I'm still taking note of the normal baselines. I spotted one Black Oystercatcher on the south end of the mile. Also noted a pair of Killdeer at the north end. Picked up a small bag of litter, notably marine versus land debris. Finished the mile watch just before the rain started to fall; thank you for the accurate prediction, NOAA!

  • Cliff baseline status at southern border of Mile 194
  • Looking south midway on Mile 194
  • Looking north on Mile 194 with the Adobe in the distance
Other Mile 194 Reports (13)


August 3, 2022 - tietjenl
My Coastwatch began with a flyover by six brown pelicans just above the surf at the southern border of Mile 194! A warm, calm day. Enjoyed observing the usual tidepool animals as listed above. Also...
May 17, 2022 - tietjenl
This Coastwatch walk started out with a fly by of 8 brown pelicans in line just above the surface of the water! Loved it! Gorgeous, sunny morning with almost no wind. Spent some time watching two...
April 13, 2022 - tietjenl
A welcome calm, partly sunny hour on Mile 194 amid what has been several days of hail, high winds and rain. Observed a group of 5 black oystercatchers and 2 additional single ones; a small feeding...
March 7, 2022 - tietjenl
Fun to see the spout of a whale just beyond the surf at the southern border of Mile 194 this morning! Enjoyed observing a group of striped shore crabs as they were feeding and dancing/hiding. A group...


December 3, 2021 - tietjenl
Notably warmer weather this December than last year [no gloves or knit hat necessary]! Clear, mostly sunny afternoon after a 9.6ft high tide this morning around 11a. No obvious cliff/bluff erosion. ...
  • Dead Western Gull
  • Dead Western Gull
  • Gulls bathing in the run off from Agency Creek
September 15, 2021 - tietjenl
A wonderfully blustery, but sunny day! The waves looked enticing if you enjoy surfing! Walked the mile from south to north and didn't see any people until the Adobe. Found one dead bird just south of...
  • Dead bird Adobe
  • Dead seabird relative size to a size 9.5 shoe
  • Closer view of the dead bird
  • Purple asters looking out from the Adobe
  • Color contrast of pool and ocean
July 29, 2021 - tietjenl
It was cool and breezy and the fog bank limited visibility of the ocean much past the surf. But many people were out enjoying this special environment! Happy 50th Birthday Oregon Shores Conservation...
April 30, 2021 - tietjenl
A beautiful, peaceful morning on Mile 194 at a negative tide. Less marine litter collected than a few months ago. People were enjoying the trail, pebble shoreline and tidepools respectfully. No...
February 13, 2021 - tietjenl
  • Styrofoam debris
  • Adobe frontage
  • North toward Adobe
  • South from Adobe


May 23, 2017 - DepoeRena
I walked this mile in the early morning hours and only saw two people.  Tide was low, but incoming.  Light breeze and moderate inversion layer.  This shoreline is surprisingly free of litter.  Micro...
  • Dead sea lion
  • Bluff erosion near 2nd St
  • Bluff Erosion


November 28, 2016 - Volunteer Trainer
28 Nov 2016 Smelt Sands Beach, Yachats Oregon. NOT JTMD. Polystyrene filled concrete float washed onto beach in late morning. Broken on impact of beaching.  Remaining surfaces that had been below...


February 2, 2009 - PhelpsPham
Beautiful, calm day a day after a very windy day. Saw some crows eating two dead fish, another rocky cove filled with foam, and found an unusual egg sac - most likely fish eggs. Very little human...
  • Found near Adobe Inn on rocks.
  • not sure what this is?
  • Foam-filled rocky cove


October 19, 2008 - wallytina
Will try and send a photo next was a beautiful day with a nice group of people enjoying our coast trails and beaches.Everything was awesome.!!!