Mile 211 Report

June 11, 2020
by Chad101

Lost Creek Wayside north, Holiday Beach south
Thursday 10:30 AM
57° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
-1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
2 people sunbathing; 2 people riding bicycles
Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Apparent Violations:
2 previously unobserved instances of graffiti carved into sandstone embankment
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
I did not see any ATVs but saw tracks on beach that could have been made by an ATV, but given width of tracks were more likely made by state or county vehicle.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
1 dried-up fish head
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Styrofoam
New Development:
Drainage pipes
2 new drainage pipes at top of cliff northern edge of mile 211; tangle of new drainage pipes in an area with existing drainage pipes. See photo attached.
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
Continuing erosion of cliff face; some rocks emerging above sand that I don't recall seeing before.

Far fewer pieces of plastic debris than at time of my previous report.  I picked up any I found larger than approx. one square inch, along with plastic bag and water bottle.


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 sunny but with low fog over beach, low tide so that beach was very wide, mild temperature and little wind, so that beach was an inviting place to visit.  

  • Panorama of mile 211
    View of mile 211 looking north from beach directly in front of Lost Creek parking lot
    Directly in front of Lost Creek Wayside parking lot. One of the ear pieces of my glasses is also visible.
    June 11, 2020
  • Tarry sand
    Black tarry sections on sand at base of embankment
    GPS 44.548621, -124.073389
    June 11, 2020
  • rocks above sand
    2 of 4 rocky patches visible above sand
    gps 44,549224, -124.074248
    June 11, 2020
  • charred driftwood
    charred pieces of driftwood evidencing earlier campfire
    above tide line approx.100 yards south of Thiele Creek
    June 11, 2020
  • boulder fall
    boulders fallen onto beach; the largest ones 3-4 feet high.
    gps 44.554922, -124.072403
    June 11, 2020
  • graffiti
    Instances of graffiti carved into sandstone embankment in addition to graffiti already noted in previous reports.
    gps 44.556425, -124.072264
    June 11, 2020
  • Erosion
    previously unobserved abrasion/erosion in base of embankment
    gps 44.560272, -124.071688
    June 11, 2020
  • drain pipe
    single drainage pipe extending down cliff face, partially visible under vegetation
    gps 44.566504, -124.070340
    June 11, 2020
  • numerous drainage pipes
    many of the drainage pipes at top of embankment seem to be new; others may be previously existing as of date of last report
    44.568271, -124.070703
    June 11, 2020
  • drainage pipes
    I believe these were existing as of date of last report, in same location as drainage pipes in previous photo above
    Same location as "numerous drainage pipes" photo above
    June 11, 2020
  • new drainage pipes, north end of mile 211
    Originally there was one long drainage pipe extending down entire cliff face from top; this was severed at top and allowed to fall to base of cliff. Now two new white drainage pipes at top of cliff, along with a new structure I can't identify.
    44.569371, -124.070631
    June 11, 2020
  • Vehicle tracks
    Vehicle tracks, possibly state or county vehicle with tires intended for sand
    Approx. 300 yards south of Thiele Creek
    June 11, 2020
Other Mile 211 Reports (24)


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.