Mile 195 Report

July 31, 2021
by WetWabbit

South San Marine Beach, Starr Creek
Saturday 1:00 PM
62° F
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Fresh tire tracks from a 4-wheeled vehicle were present in the sand near the high tide line, starting north of mile 195 and continuing across Starr Creek to where the beach ends at stairs going up to the 804 trail, where the vehicle turned and headed back north. A sign above the stairs makes it clear that vehicles are not allowed on the beach, so this was a violation unless it was a park patrol. (See attached photos.)
Notable Wildlife:
Only the usual western gulls
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:

No report was made of the tire tracks, mostly because I didn't know whom to contact.


I walked Mile 195 with my dog Westly on his eleventh birthday. It was a pleasant day, not too hot or cold. There were fewer beach walkers than I expected at this time when many visitors are escaping heat in the valley. The only unusual item to report is the observation of vehicle tracks along the whole mile of beach, originating farther north. This is evidently a violation, as the beach is posted just north of Starr Creek for "no vehicles."

  • Sign at entrance to beach from Yachats 804 trail
    North of Starr Creek on 804 trail. View is looking north toward the beach, which is down steps and just out of the photo.
    July 31, 2021
  • Tire tracks on beach along mile 195.
    Midway mile 195.
    July 31, 2021
Other Mile 195 Reports (30)


September 18, 2021 - daveincamas
I was just curious if a person who is knowledgeable about geology could explain what I'm seeing in the cliff here?  It looks like a layer of burned wood in clay, with sandstone above and below. ...
  • It looks like a layer of burned wood in clay, with sandstone above and below.  Location is 44
  • t looks like a layer of burned wood in clay, with sandstone above and below. 
  • t looks like a layer of burned wood in clay, with sandstone above and below. 
  • t looks like a layer of burned wood in clay, with sandstone above and below. 
  • t looks like a layer of burned wood in clay, with sandstone above and below. 
April 8, 2021 - WetWabbit
Walking mile 195 has resumed, now that steps from the 804 trail to the beach, in the middle of the mile, are back up. I visited with my dog Westly on a sunny, brisk day with fewer visitors than usual...


July 31, 2020 - WetWabbit
July 31, 2020 - WetWabbit
Half of mile 195 is on the 804 trail. During the covid crisis, I have been avoiding that portion, which tends to be crowded with visitors not wearing masks or keeping a safe distance. But I braved it...
January 19, 2020 - WetWabbit
It was the best day in quite a while for trail and beach walking--warm and dry. Most of the hikers were on the 804 trail, which is closed at stairs above the beach at Starr Creek. Some hikers were...


August 24, 2019 - WetWabbit
It was a lovely, calm day for a beach walk with my dog Westly. Many other vsitors were enjoying the 804 trail and the beach north of Starr Creek. The driftline was free of human debris, but there...
May 19, 2019 - WetWabbit
It was a lovely, calm day for a beach walk. The beach was as clean as I have ever seen it. The only marine life present included a few broken shells and beach hoppers. There was no human debris, as...


December 30, 2018 - WetWabbit
Many visitors were enjoying this coast walk in spite of warm, light rain. It was difficult to access the beach from the 804 trail because of a seasonal stair closing. I went up to the highway to...
September 23, 2018 - WetWabbit
It was a pleasant fall day for a beach walk with my canine companion, Westly. He helped me with the only unusual finds, a series on dead birds on the drift line, most probably Murres. They will...
  • Probably a Murrre
May 5, 2018 - WetWabbit
It was a wonderful day for a walk on the beach. The summer crowds had not yet arrived. No unusual human activity was seen. The only unusual wildlife was a few pyrosomes (tunicates) in a small pool.
January 14, 2018 - WetWabbit
It was a rare warm, dry day with numerous beach walkers. Nothing unusual was sighted. I just enjoyed the beautiful surf and a walk with Westly.


September 28, 2017 - Pardiatthebeach
Just saw this today, must have happened yesterday on Mile 195. After emailing Phillip Johnson for advice we made contact with Jay Sennewald OSP permit coordinator. He felt that this was a serious...
  • cement on bluff and beach
  • cement on bluff and on beach
  • cement on bluff and beach
September 2, 2017 - WetWabbit
It was a lovely clear day, with many visitors enjoying the beach and flying kites. Nothing unusual was seen except 9 decomposing birds at the wrack line (see photo).
  • Common Murre, adult, tagged by COASSTDead beach bird, 9/2/17 mile 195
April 1, 2017 - WetWabbit
This was a combination CoastWatch mile walk and SOLVE beach cleanup. I collected debris from the size of a flip flop to small plastic pieces. With several others also collecting, we left the beach...


November 21, 2016 - WetWabbit
The clear day was a welcome break in the recent storm activity, bringing hikers and dogs to the beach. The beach was mostly washed clean of natural and human debris, but there were tube worm castings...
April 11, 2016 - WetWabbit
It was a quiet Monday afternoon with only two beach visitors and one dog (3+2 including myself and Westly). Two differences from my last report in January were noted, evidently resulting from winter...
  • Piles of boulders have appeared at the base of cliffs after winter storms
  • This closeup gives an indication of the size of boulders that have washed up along Mile 195
January 31, 2016 - WetWabbit
It was a rare, partly sunny day, bringing many hikers and dogs onto the beach. Streams were full, making the crossing of Starr Creek a challenge. I included a photo of a fibrous material washed up...
  • Mystery fibers on beach
  • Westly at north end of Mile 195


July 8, 2015 - WetWabbit
It was a great day for hiking, warm and after the July 4 crowds. On the 804 Trail, the first salal berries were ripe, and I photographed a lovely wild rose (photo attached). No unusual natural or...
  • Informal camping near 804 trail - legality unknown
  • Rosa pisocarpa
April 25, 2015 - WetWabbit
Time and tide finally aligned for this walk. It was a mostly sunny day--welcome respite from recent showers. No unusual human or marine activity was detected. There were a few velella velella.
February 15, 2015 - WetWabbit
It was a beautiful, sunny day, which, together with the 3-day weekend, drew a large crowd to the beach.There was nothing negative encountered except one dead bird, probably a Common Murre (see photo...
  • About 14 inches long. Some brown suggests it may be juvenile.
  • End of a perfect day.


October 31, 2014 - WetWabbit
It was a lovely, sunny afternoon with some cumulus on the horizon, but there were few beach or trail walkers. No unusual human activity was spotted. One dead bird was found(photo attached).It was...
  • Bird seen dead on the beach. White on front, dark (but covered by sand) on back. Probably a small murre.
June 10, 2014 - WetWabbit
On June 10, Mile 195 was walked north and south from Starr Creek. The weather was clear with moderate wind, and 25 persons with 6 dogs were seen walking or sitting. The only unusual wildlife was a...
February 23, 2014 - WetWabbit
Walked Mile 195 in both northward and southward directions. Counts are only for going north. Crossed Starr Creek by going up to highway.No unusual fauna or human activities were observed.


October 20, 2013 - WetWabbit
I accessed Mile 195 from Smelt Sands Wayside and walked, with my dog, from the south to north ends and back. The counts are for the northward walk only, to avoid counting the same persons twice. In...
September 2, 2013 - WetWabbit
This is my first report for Mile 195, which I walked on Labor Day evening, starting 1/4 mile south at Smelt Sands State Park. I made a round trip with my dog from 6:00-7:45 p.m. Counts (27 persons...
  • Beginning of the mile, enjoyed by Westly.
  • Small creek marks the end of Mile 195.
August 6, 2013 - SKMacK
There is extensive erosion along this mile, especially along both sides of the 804 trail. At the end of the trail there is a house very close to the water. At the beginning of the beach north of...
  • These photos start at the beginning of mile 195 and show the extensive erosion and use of riprap along the beach and creek.


November 13, 2007 - oceanloonie
A dramatically beautiful day, high tide with big surf after a big storm. Nothing really unusual...!
August 12, 2007 - oceanloonie
The evening was beautiful, warm, light wind; lots of people enjoying the beach. Once again there was a bit of ancient forest exposed. The surf was quiet and the light from an impending sunset was...
  • Ancient forest remnants, Mile 195
June 12, 2007 - oceanloonie
Glorious sunny, calm day; many people out walking 804 Trail. Six dogs, on/off leash, well-attended to. Part of the old forest floor was revealed at low tide - Amazing! Several small-diameter stumps...
April 1, 2007 - svenbrean
Nothing unusual on this mile.