Mile 197 Dispatch

January 14, 2021
by mudslide

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG
Thursday 4:30 PM
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Finally, the recent storms and king tides have brought the big, persistent chunks down. 

  • The big chunks that have been separating from the bluff for more than a year have finally been brought down by the recent storms and king tides.
    Just south of the campground's S stairs.
    February 14, 2021
Other Mile 197 Reports (54)


October 19, 2022 - mudslide
Clean beach, mostly sunny day, although toward the end of my visit a chilly fog enveloped us. Twenty-one people, 4 dogs off leash; 2 bicyclists, 2 sitting, 16 walking, and 1 ranger patrolling on an...
  • Intriguing pattern
  • Tiny exoskeletons
August 3, 2022 - mudslide
Another beautiful day and a very clean beach -- impressive given the full campground at the height of summer. I counted 27 adults, 4 children, and 4 dogs, all leashed except one. I observed 2 people...
May 13, 2022 - mudslide
A pleasant, sunny, slightly breezy afternoon on the mile. Twenty-one people, including one small child, were out enjoying the beach, which was very clean except for a few styrofoam nurdles. Two...
January 8, 2022 - mudslide
Large chunks of bluff have fallen right at S boundary of Tillicum Beach CG. 


November 13, 2021 - mudslide
Another beautiful day on the mile, warm and calm, after a couple of days of heavy rain. The beach was very clean, and the wrack line mostly consisted of small pieces -- pine needles, sand crab molts...
July 28, 2021 - mudslide
A pretty, quiet morning on the mile; only about 30 people and 5 or 6 dogs (unleashed) were out on the beach. People included a kite flyer, a bicyclist, and 4 kids building sand castles. For bird life...
April 12, 2021 - mudslide
A cloudless, breezy morning on the mile. Most folks in the campground & nbsp were still having breakfast, but there were a few people on the beach: 18 adults, 6 children, and 6 dogs, four of them...
  • Rock slabs
  • Truncated access road


November 20, 2020 - mudslide
Another beautiful day on a very clean mile, marred only by five deposits of dog poo, two of them gift-wrapped, but still, not carried out. There were two freshly fallen but minor chunks of bluff. The...
August 20, 2020 - mudslide
A beautiful mild, mostly sunny day on the mile. I counted approximately 27 people, including four children and one infant. Seven dogs, two of them leashed. A very low (-1.1) tide, with the damp sand...
April 30, 2020 - mudslide
Because of the pandemic-related closure of the state parks, I accessed the beach via the steps at Deane's Lodging, by the kind permission of the owner. It was a mild, sunny afternoon. More visitors...
  • Unidentified bird
  • Bluff chunk
  • Vegetation collapse
  • Drift line
February 9, 2020 - mudslide
Since spotting the big chunk of bluff that's become detached from the wall, back at the end of December, I've been returning to check on it every few weeks. Would have thought the combination of...


December 16, 2019 - mudslide
A pleasant afternoon on the mile, warm and almost windless. Only a few beachgoers out. The driftline was unremarkable except for some small invertebrates I'd never seen before (see photo). I noticed...
September 28, 2019 - mudslide
A beautiful warm windless sunny morning on the beach, enjoyed by about 25 adults; 7 kids; and 11 dogs, 3 leashed, 8 running free. The wrack line consisted chiefly of crab parts. At a couple of spots...
July 2, 2019 - mudslide
A pleasant afternoon on the mile, with fewer visitors than I would have expected two days before the 4th. Quite a few crabshells scattered along the driftline. All the big chunks of bluff that were...
April 20, 2019 - mudslide
After more than a year's absence, it was good to get back out on the mile. I walked about 2/3 of the way. It was a mild, overcast afternoon, with only 11 adults and 2 children on the beach plus two...


December 31, 2018 - oceanloonie
This was a beautiful, sunny, although chilly at 45 degrees Fahrenheit, New Year's Eve afternoon after a week or so of rains and blustery winds. The tide was low, so there was a large expanse of beach...
July 21, 2018 - mudslide
A gloriously sunny albeit windy day on mile 197, with many people and families enjoying the beach. I saw nothing outstandingly unusual or concerning. I was filling in for a friend (Mudslide) who...


November 18, 2017 - mudslide
A calm, mild late afternoon on a beach largely clear of debris. There were large tangles of bull kelp in the driftline. About 30 people, including 8 or so children, were enjoying the beach. There...
July 3, 2017 - mudslide
There was quite a bit of activity on the beach, with many visitors here over the Fourth of July holiday. Still, it wasn't anywhere close to crowded. I only walked about three-fourths of the mile this...
March 31, 2017 - mudslide
A sunny, mild day on the beach with only a few people in sight at the start of my walk. When I returned, many more had materialized in the vicinity of the campground. (The campground looked to be...
January 23, 2017 - mudslide
I visited Mile 197 to see what changes the recent storms had brought. Was amazed to find that the cliff had been scoured almost completely clean of carved-in initials, images, words of wisdom, etc....


December 3, 2016 - mudslide
I paid a quick visit to the mile on 12/3 to see if the recent storm had uncovered any interesting rocks. It hadn't, but since my 11/13 visit additional cliff erosion had taken place. Contrast photo 1...
November 13, 2016 - mudslide
A quiet afternoon on a very clean beach with few visitors: approx. 8 people and  3 dogs, all leashed. A couple of big chunks of cliff had come down, one just N of the campground’s N stairs and the...
  • Bank erosion
  • Bank erosion further down the beach
  • egg case for big skate
May 24, 2016 - mudslide
A quiet afternoon on the beach, though the campground looked almost full. There was very little manmade debris to be seen. The largest was a rubber pipe about 2" in diameter and approx. 7' long lying...
  • Sand crab carcasses
  • Unfamiliar seaweed
  • Velella velella
  • Feel-good vandal's message: Don't Worry, Be Happy
  • Additional riprap?
March 27, 2016 - mudslide
Significant cliff erosion observed (see accompanying photos). Possible tsunami debris and attached organisms (photos). Little wildlife--just a few gulls---but wash-up of what appears to be remains of...
  • See next photo for closeup of organisms attached to log.
  • Pelagic barnacles
  • Cliff erosion
  • Closeup of cliff erosion
  • Misguided message, considering the medium...
  • Cliff erosion with low-hanging vegetation
  • A potential safety hazard? A kid climbing on the pieces of fallen cliff and tugging on the vegetation could bring a whole lot of earth down on himself.
  • Very squishy to the touch. Velella velella came in about 2 months earlier than normal. The photo shows the immature medusa stage as well as the developing polyps of this hydroid.


December 18, 2015 - mudslide
Finally a sunbreak -- a cloudy one, at that -- in the midst of our ongoing series of storms. Only one site was occupied at Tillicum Beach campground. Five people and three dogs, one leashed, were out...
  • At least 18 in. of sand gone.
  • This is heavier than it looks.
  • Heavy and unwieldy debris
  • Storm damage
  • Dead bird
  • At early phase of storms
  • At later phase of storms
August 21, 2015 - mudslide
A pleasant day; the beach was very clean. I picked up only four small pieces of plastic debris. I was surprised at how few people were out, given the inviting conditions. Of the four dogs I saw,...
March 28, 2015 - mudslide
A very clean beach on this official clean-up day. I only managed to find a few small plastic fragments and some very small chunks of styrofoam. I did get a chuckle out of seeing a trail left in damp...
  • This is pretty typical of the density I found up and down the beach.
  • This is one of two sets of hand- and footholds that have been gouged into the cliff just north of the northern set of stairs down to the beach.


November 29, 2014 - mudslide
A fair number of people were out walking, considering the sharply chilly day. Only three or four dogs, the most memorable a miniature dachsund attacking the surf, urged on by its owner. It was fun...
August 14, 2014 - mudslide
Went down the mile at around 4:30 p.m., just after high tide, at the end of a mostly foggy day in response to the request to look out for the endangered sea turtle that was recently encountered in...
April 20, 2014 - mudslide
A beautiful Easter Sunday, warm and sunny, only slightly breezy. Incoming tide just past low tide. Few people on beach. Sand washed clean by recent rain and tides. Some driftwood at back of beach,...


December 2, 2013 - mudslide
This is to provide images of the king tide at Tillicum Beach campground, Mile 197. Not a very impressive inundation here. The first two photos are of the N steps down to the beach, the third of the S...
  • King tide, N steps, Tillicum Beach CG
  • King tide, N steps, Tillicum Beach CG
  • King tide, S steps, Tillicum Beach CG
November 2, 2013 - mudslide
A beautiful afternoon on what was anticipated to be a stormy day. Few people on beach. Lively surf. Found beached northern fulmar (had to look it up, as I don't know my birds that well; also, see...
September 30, 2013 - mudslide
Relatively calm day after back-to-back weekend storms. Only two other beachgoers sighted. Very clean sand; a few gulls. Major event was discovery of dead Steller sea lion, which had been entangled in...
  • Dead Steller's sea lion found on Tillicum Beach. Death caused by entanglement in and garroting by rope attached to small beam.
August 17, 2013 - mudslide
A foggy but warm early afternoon on an outgoing tide. While I was on the beach the fog cleared for a bit, but then returned. The surf was maybe 2-3 ft. I saw 30-35 people, some sunbathing, a few kids...
April 20, 2013 - mudslide
A surprisingly empty beach, given this afternoon's warm temperature, light breeze, and outgoing tide. At the north end of the mile, large driftwood posts have been sunk vertically into the sand,...


January 31, 2011 - [email protected]
Very calm morning with mild temperature. No wildlife seen. Two small trees near top of bluff at about the half way point on the mile show heavy erosion around roots. Cement retaining wall in front...


September 14, 2010 - [email protected]
Calm and comfortable AM for walking, though the fog did diminish visibility.
April 28, 2010 - [email protected]
Many small plastic bits in tideline. This is what I have imagined making up the "plastic soup" in the large ocean gyre areas.Two small active waterfalls falling from bluff at what used to be "Dean's...


November 23, 2009 - [email protected]
Wonderful weather for a November day. Calm and warm. Head scarf and fleece jacket were soon removed. Most notable item re: today's walk was the abundance of foam. The light breeze would send small...
October 6, 2009 - [email protected]
Have had this report on hand for sometime and now of course I find there are missing details.Did note that it didn't take long to find it was too warm for a jacket on this bright, sunny day, - so...
August 11, 2009 - [email protected]
This was an interesting walk with on a very pleasant day with my daughter from WI and our friends who were visting from Kakegawa, Japan. New steps and sandbagging etc. near south end of mile...
February 3, 2009 - [email protected]
T-shirt weather. Scattered large tree sections with stubs of roots attached have washed in. Several large jelly fish about one foot in diameter on the beach.A very nice walk. How fortunate we are...


October 22, 2008 - [email protected]
A beautiful day and clean beach -- a walker's delight. A few sandpipers foraging at surf's edge, a pleasure to watch. No debris but small scattered rocks and broken shells. No indication whatsoever...
August 7, 2008 - [email protected]
Some of the rocky areas revealed last winter at north campground entry remains. The interesting "Hobbit Village" of rock formations that appeared near the sound of the mile is now a group of "low...
June 21, 2008 - [email protected]
Much of the rocky area and low sandstone formations near the entry point (Tillicum day use) are now covered with sand. A nice tidepool area remains and this is where the seven tidepoolers were...
May 8, 2008 - [email protected]
Major natural changes on this mile wih more and more flat, carved sandstone exposed and new tidepool areas exposed. Some old tree debris exposed with the sandstone formations near the Tillicum day...
March 5, 2008 - [email protected]
Very interesting walk today. Just south of public beach entry area people were collecting agates as if they were picking strawberries. I had never before seen rock beds exposed here. Near south...


December 12, 2007 - [email protected]
Nice afternoon to be on the beach. Sunglasses needed when starting the walk. Dark clouds gradually became total cloud cover by walk's end. Only sign of the big storm was the set of damaged access...
November 4, 2007 - [email protected]
A great day to be on the beach. It was surprising there were so few people. Very clean beach.
September 2, 2007 - [email protected]
The form I had with me didn't ask about the number of dogs but, while walking, I remember thinking, "There are more dogs than people on the beach." Most dogs were off leash.Everyone seemed to be...
May 15, 2007 - [email protected]
Some new housing and steps construction on this mile.
January 30, 2007 - [email protected]
There was possibly someone clamming; we saw no digging but one person had a bucket, and another some sort of tool.A balk eagle flew out and flew lazy circles over us a few times.
January 24, 2007 - [email protected]
I see the Indian hogan type house near the south end of my route has had the sandbags removed and a low cement retaining wall has been poured. Generally, a very clean beach. Small rocks, a bit of...