Mile 211 Report

June 21, 2021
by Chad101

Lost Creek Wayside north, Holiday Beach south
Monday 12:00 AM
55° F
Tide Level:
2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Climbing embankment 2; clamming 3
Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Apparent Violations:
two people climbing embankment
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 1
Activity Comments:
Large number of people considering the uninviting weather
Notable Wildlife:
4 duck-like birds swimming together in shallow water in ocean, which I presume were surf scoters but could not see them clearly in fog; saw one large raptor but could not identify in fog
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Did not see any leg bands and could not identify species
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
old skate egg casing twisted by waves
New Development:
Bluff development
one new house at top of embankment
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
One section of beach was covered by a black tar-like substance (see photo); rock field on beach described in my last report had disappeared. Erosion of embankment is a constant on mile 211, and it was continuing on 6/21/21 when I walked the beach for this report; large area of standing water on the beach (see photo).

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 first days I did not see any rockhounds.  

  • black substance on beach
    Relatively small area of beach showing black discoloration on surface
    44.563905, 124.070689
    June 21, 2021
  • Standing water
    Parts of this beach sometimes flatten out and standing water develops.
    44.547382, 124.073630
    June 21, 2021
  • Cliff erosion
    Significant erosion of bottom of embankment just above level of beach
    44.561098, 124.071498
    June 21, 2021
  • View of Mile 211
    View of mile 211 looking north from directly in front of Lost Creek parking lot
    Beach in front of Lost Creek Wayside parking lot
    June 21, 2021
  • Ducks in ocean
    Group of four birds possibly surf scoters in shallow water next to beach
    shallow water next to beach
    June 21, 2021
Other Mile 211 Reports (28)


June 1, 2022 - Chad101
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...
  • View up the beach from in front of Lost Creek Wayside.
  • boulder fall
  • erosion into face of cliff
  • black color on surface of sand
  • broccoli
  • bald eagle
  • duck


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.
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 - jbrandt
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 - jbrandt
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 - jbrandt
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.