Mile 195 Report

November 13, 2007
by oceanloonie

Location:
Lincoln
South San Marine Beach, Starr Creek
Conditions:
Tuesday 1:00 PM
Sunny
50° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
8.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
11
Dogs:
2
Activities:
Walking / Running:
11
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Approached from south via 804 trail; no vehicle parking or access
Notable Wildlife:
Few birds; shared a rocky perch withsome sanderlings, chased up by a crashing wave at high tide
Dead Birds:
Total:
2
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
Fresh, intact, dark Fulmar; andthe remains of a Pintail Duck, with a hungry Western Gull feasting on its tasty bits.
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
not much! washed clean after a big storm
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling
Comments:
This was a spectacular cold, crisp, breezy, and dramatically sunlit day with clouds and fog passing through; one day after our first big winter storm.High tide, big crashing surf; surprisingly little debrisfrom the storm. The 804 trail was washed clean, with a few new rivulets and puddles.I haven't been out on mile 195 since the HUGE storm last Sunday; will file an update when I do go if there's anything significantly different!
Summary:
A dramatically beautiful day, high tide with big surf after a big storm. Nothing really unusual...!
Other Mile 195 Reports (22)

2018

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.

2017

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...

2016

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

2015

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.

2014

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.

2013

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.

2007

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.