Mile 194 Report

May 23, 2017
by YachatsRena

Location:
Lincoln
Yachats, Adobe Inn, Smelt Sands Wayside
Conditions:
Tuesday 5:45 AM
Foggy
55° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
western gulls, cormorants, vultures, brown pelicans flying by, flocks of geese, crow, a resting seal, one small sea star clinging precariously to a wall of mussels.  Abundant giant green anemones and gooseneck barnacles
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Total:
1
Dead sea lion. Advanced decomposition. Smells horrible. Located on rocky beach at the northern beach access trail off the 804 Trail at 7th St & Peace Pole. Carcass is a short distance from bluff.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
These aren't new changes, but I took some pics and want to document what the bluff looks like at this point in time for future reference. These are all located along the bluff running from 2nd St to 7th St. A couple of small landslides and the fence is down in two places.
Comments:
Summary:

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 plastics may be found if one sifts through the sand.  The shoreline from Yachats SP to about 7th St is strewn with small to very large drifft wood and logs all the way up to the edge of the bluff.  This is standard.  Very little to note along the drift line.  Small pieces of wood, rocks, algae and kelp, along with a few small crab and worm castings.  I saw the usual western gulls, cormorants, vultures, brown pelicans flying by, flocks of geese, crow, a resting seal and a dead sea lion.  I only observed one small sea star clinging precariously to a wall of mussels.  Abundant giant green anemones and gooseneck barnacles.  Smelt Sands area had a small amount of litter and evidence of a couple of campfires.  The people I saw were in this area and I observed much less wildlife in this area than in the first section of this mile.  I took some pics of bluff erosion in Yachats State Park area in order to document what it looks like today.  Two sections of fence are dangling off the bluff.  

  • Dead sea lion
    Dead sea lion on rocky beach
    Access beach from 807 Trail at 7th St and Yachats Peace Pole. Carcass is near the bluff less than 50 feet north of the trail.
    May 23, 2017
  • Bluff erosion near 2nd St
    Bluff erosion at Yachats State Park near 2nd St. This erosion is not new, but I want to document what it looks like today.
    Yachats State Park on bluff below 2nd St
    May 23, 2017
  • Bluff Erosion
    Bluff erosion at Yachats State Park near 5th St. This erosion is not new, but I want to document what it looks like today.
    Yachats State Park on bluff below 5th St
    May 23, 2017
Other Mile 194 Reports (3)

2016

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...

2009

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

2008

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