Mile 211 Report

June 1, 2022
by Chad101

Lost Creek Wayside north, Holiday Beach south
62° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
6.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Activity Comments:
Many rock hunters were drawn to the beach by extensive rock fields that have appeared on the beach and along base of embankment.
Notable Wildlife:
Bald eagle; two lines of California Brown Pelicans; turkey vulture; whimbrels; a solitary duck in shallow surf which I could not identify but which appeared similar to a mallard.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
mole crabs, dungeness crabs
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Styrofoam
Some cut flowers had washed up on beach, presumably from Memorial Day 2 days ago. Oddly, a piece of broccoli was in the driftline as well as several pieces of plastic rope.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Visible retreat of solid bluff
Significant erosion in cliff face.

Erosion in the face of the embankment continues, including new large boulder falls.  Several large rocky areas have appeared on the beach and along the foot of many parts of the embankment.  I walked the beach late in the day, from around 4:30 to just before 7:00, so as people became less numerous the wildlife reappeared on the beach. 

  • View up the beach from in front of Lost Creek Wayside.
    Looking northward at around 4:30 from beach directly in front of Lost Creek parking lot, showing large rocky areas and rock hunters
    Directly in front of Lost Creek parking lot
    June 1, 2022
  • boulder fall
    Continuing erosion of embankment including large boulders fallen onto beach
    44.552758, 124.072822
    June 1, 2022
  • erosion into face of cliff
    further significant erosion at base of embankment
    44.558704, 124.071904
    June 1, 2022
  • black color on surface of sand
    black substance on sand, possibly washed down from cliff side by constant dripping water originating approximately 10 feet above the beach
    44.550326, 124.073097
    June 1, 2022
  • broccoli
    broccoli in tide line
    tide line
    June 1, 2022
  • bald eagle
    bald eagle in dead tree at top of cliff
    top of cliff
    June 1, 2022
  • duck
    duck with gull
    shallow surf
    June 1, 2022
Other Mile 211 Reports (28)


September 21, 2021 - Chad101
Relatively large number of people (for mile 211) were enjoying the beach on a sunny, inviting day.  Standing water in the northern part of mile had disappeared and water level in Thiele Creek at...
  • View of mile 211 looking northward from beach access
  • Deteriorated carcass of dead bird
  • Dead bird possibly with wing injury
  • Distressed common murre on beach far from murre nesting areas.
June 21, 2021 - Chad101
Fairly big crowd for mile 211 on a foggy June 21, most of the people as usual near the beach access at Lost Creek Wayside. At least one rocky area on beach had disappeared, and this was one of the...
  • black substance on beach
  • Standing water
  • Cliff erosion
  • View of Mile 211
  • Ducks in ocean
March 13, 2021 - Chad101
My last previous report was at the end of 2019, but the changes over the last year are typical of Mile 211, including rockslides or boulder falls, rockfields covering parts of the beach, and a new...
  • View up the beach
  • Treated lumber
  • rockfall
  • microplastics
  • chunk of concrete or asphalt
  • rockfield
  • Rocks at base of embankment
  • New construction


June 11, 2020 - Chad101
More than 10 previously unobserved drainage pipes in places with already existing pipes.  Relatively large number of people on beach, presumably seeking respite from sheltering in place.  Weather was...
  • Panorama of mile 211
  • Tarry sand
  • rocks above sand
  • charred driftwood
  • boulder fall
  • graffiti
  • Erosion
  • drain pipe
  • numerous drainage pipes
  • drainage pipes
  • new drainage pipes, north end of mile 211
  • Vehicle tracks
January 9, 2020 - Chad101
I tried to pick up and carry back to trash collection area all plastic pieces I found larger than 1 square inch, but for every piece I picked up there were at least 100 smaller pieces, a great...


September 19, 2019 - Chad101
The contour of the beach has changed again so that there are numerous patches of standing water at the base of the embankment.  Despite this, and despite the increased amount of trash, it is still a...
  • Panorama
  • dead bird
  • dead bird
  • drainage pipes
  • standing water
  • more standing water
  • boulder fall
  • Foam float
June 12, 2019 - Chad101
Most of the people were within 100 yards of the Lost Creek beach access.  Standing water has begun to appear on beach, both near base of embankment and near water's edge (see photos).  Pleasant day,...
  • Panorama
  • dead bird
  • Standing water away from ocean
  • standing water near ocean
  • Tracks, probably from ATV
  • Fog on beach
March 17, 2019 - Chad101
Many people enjoying the beach on a beautiful Sunday near spring break.  Standing water I noted earlier on beach near bottom of cliff has disappeared and beach continuously slopes down to ocean.
  • Overview


December 18, 2018 - Chad101
The beach has resumed its gentle slope down to ocean, so no standing water on beach.  There have been many storms in the month preceding this report, and the waves have been lapping the base of the...
  • Panorama 12-18-2018
  • boulder fall
  • Bull kelp
  • water draining on beach
  • bald eagles
  • Drainpipes north of Thiele Creek January 13, 2019
  • Second drainage pipe north of Thiele Creek
  • Drainage pipe farthest south on north side of Thiele Creek
September 14, 2018 - Chad101
Beyond about .5 mile from beach access, there were no people on the beach and the beach remained relatively pristine, at least south of Thiele Creek.  The area at base of cliffs is flattening out and...
June 12, 2018 - Chad101
Three of the four drainpipes have been either removed or cut down.  Erosion continues in the cliffs, including at least 3 areas with sizable boulders broken off and fallen onto the beach.  The level...
  • Panorama
  • Long drainpipe after being cut down.
  • Graffiti carved into cliff.
  • Boulders broken off from cliff face and fallen onto beach.
  • Velella velella on beach.
  • Area of standing water near base of embankment
  • Sawed driftwood south of Thiele Creek
March 17, 2018 - Chad101
Mile 211 is relatively unspoiled, at least south of Thiele Creek.  The mud and standing pools of water have disappeared for the moment, and the level of the beach has dropped several feet, uncovering...
  • Drainage pipe #3
  • Rock field on Mile 211.
  • Rock uncovered by lowered sand
  • Two Bald Eagles
  • Drainage pipe #1 on hillside
  • Drainage pipe #2 on open hillside
  • Drainage pipe #3
  • Drainage pipe #4 coming down cliff face
  • Drainage pipe end protruding from riprap


December 5, 2017 - Chad101
There is still a minor amount of standing water on portions of the beach.  Also, it appears the level of the beach is dropping enough for a few small rocky areas to be emerging from under the sand (...
  • Cliff erosion.
September 17, 2017 - Chad101
Very few people on the beach on the cloudy Sunday afternoon I was walking mile 211.  A few areas of mud and standing water had appeared since my last report.  Rocks, broken shells, drift wood, kelp,...
  • exposed drain pipe
  • exposed drain pipe
June 17, 2017 - Chad101
Standing water and muddy sand in only one small area.  In general beach slopes continuously to ocean.  Not much plastic debris, large number of rocks, 3 kinds of kelp that I noticed (bull kelp, sea...
  • Panorama
  • Common Murre (?)
  • Boulder Fall from cliff.
March 19, 2017 - Chad101
Mile 211 has greatly changed since I first began walking it 8/16.  The mud and standing water are gone, and it is now a very people-friendly and inviting beach.  As a result, there are many more...


November 29, 2016 - Chad101
I have walked this beach maybe a dozen times since my September report.  At the moment it is well-drained and devoid of standing water.  Large boulder-sized rocks have fallen from the cliff onto the...
September 14, 2016 - Chad101
Mile 211 is not heavily used by people.  I saw 12 people on one or another part of the beach, but that was over 3+ hours.  Because of the constant water seepage from the lower part of the cliff, much...


October 5, 2012 - waterwitch
A few people walking, some with dogs. A beach ranger on an ATV was patrolling. Cliffs crumbling in several places, a large fissure near the end of the mile.
July 25, 2012 - waterwitch
Low tide and clean beach. More visitors heading south than north from wayside. Considerable cliff erosion, but since this is my first report from mile 211 I will become more aware of any changes as...
June 9, 2012 - Jacq and Mike
Took suspected Tsunami debris to John Chapman at Hatfield for verification. Significant retreat of bluffs and sand stone. Continue to see slides top tier continues to recede above solid rock bluff....


July 7, 2011 - Jacq and Mike
Five streams running off to the ocean. No visible drainpipes. Couple flocks of sandpiper-type birds, plus lots of gulls and crows.
March 28, 2011 - Jacq and Mike
Spoke with a walker who is familiar with this beach over many years.She noticed more slides this spring than in previous years. She also said more sand covering up what would have been good agate...


September 23, 2008 - Gibsjerry
My usual beach access trail at LawrenSea OceansideMotel is now blocked by fence & locked gate. Iused alternate beach access trail located about 1/4 mile south of Motel. Beach was very clean (...
March 2, 2008 - Gibsjerry
Most people and cars at/on my mile seen in 14 years! All were "rock hunting". Much sand lost this winter(est. 2-5 ft.) Many Cypress tree roots exposed, as well as sections of wave-cut basalt &...
  • See Filename


October 22, 2007 - Gibsjerry
Flat sandy beach. No exposed cobble. Beach was very clean.
  • Beach Bluff
June 19, 2007 - Gibsjerry
Very clean beach. Flat, and sandy with much exposed cobble. Fantastic day. Sunny with slight north wind and white fluffy clouds above.
February 9, 2007 - Gibsjerry
Much sand lost compared to last survey. Flat, sandy beach with considerable cobble on beach near Thiel Creek. Several rooted Sitka Spruce sticking out of the sand near Thiel Creek.