Mile 211 Report

March 17, 2018
by Chad101

Location:
Lincoln
Lost Creek Wayside north, Holiday Beach south
Conditions:
Saturday 3:00 PM
Cloudy
48° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
5.6 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
15
Dogs:
3
Activities:
Walking / Running:
14
Rockhunting:
1
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
Inn the approximately 200 yards immediately north of Thiele Creek, there were 4 drainpipes from the hillside to the beach, and one end of a drainpipe protruding between boulders that were part of rip rap. I have reported on the rip rap in earlier reports and on some of the drainpipes, but attach new photos and GPS locations to this report. I don't know if the drainpipes are violations.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
7
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Beautiful, isolated beach, and I noted no problems with human activities.
Notable Wildlife:
2 bald eagles in flight observed walking north on beach, and one large bird that may have been a turkey vulture. Walking south back to parking lot, observed two bald eagles perched in a dead tree at top of cliff; may have been the same two I saw in flight earlier, but I don't know that.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Some white/translucent by-the-wind sailors.
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Found two partial foam fish floats, and two hooks attached to small section of line.
New Development:
Drainage pipes
As noted above, there are now four drainage pipes, some but not all of which I have reported on in the past, and the end of one drainage pipe protruding from rip rap.
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Sand has lowered by several feet, revealing underlying rocks.
Comments:

I have not made any attempts to determine which houses originate the drainage pipes, and have not discussed with any residents.  I picked up and carried back to the garbage area at the beach access:  all styrofoam bits I found, except fish floats; jagged piece of brown glass; one plastic bottle; one plastic coffee cup (filled with sand); fish hooks and section of line; one paper fast food wrapper; one clear plastic bag.

Summary:

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 rocky substratum that is covered in sand in summer.  The beach is beautiful, broad when the tide is out, and has relatively few people walking it.

  • Drainage pipe #3
    This photo is duplicated below (my error)
    44.568271 -124.070703
    March 17, 2018
  • Rock field on Mile 211.
    New area with large numbers of small rocks on beach.
    According to the GPS App on my cell phone, 44.555265, -124.072641
    March 17, 2018
  • Rock uncovered by lowered sand
    Sand has dropped by several feet, uncovering underlying rock.
    South of Thiele Creek, 44.563069 -124.072641
    March 17, 2018
  • Two Bald Eagles
    Two Bald Eagles perched in dead tree at top of cliff.
    Just south of Thiele Creek
    March 17, 2018
  • Drainage pipe #1 on hillside
    First open drainage pipe on hillside just north of Thiele Creek, just north of rip rap
    44.566516 -124.070647
    March 17, 2018
  • Drainage pipe #2 on open hillside
    Second drainage pipe on open hillside, just north of drainage pipe #1
    Approx. 30 yards north of drainage pipe #1
    March 17, 2018
  • Drainage pipe #3
    Third drainage pipe on open hillside, walking northward, north of Thiele Creek
    44.568271 -124.070703
    March 17, 2018
  • Drainage pipe #4 coming down cliff face
    Long drainage pipe, fourth in sequence walking northward, north of Thiele Creek. Noted in several previous reports. Photo is new, so pipe is still there.
    44.569371 -124.070631
    March 17, 2018
  • Drainage pipe end protruding from riprap
    This is the southernmost drainage pipe just north of Thiele Creek, immediately next to Drainage pipe #1 above. I have noted rip rap in several earlier reports.
    44.566516 -124.070647, immediately adjacent to drainage pipe #1
    March 17, 2018
Other Mile 211 Reports (22)

2019

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

2018

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

2017

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...

2016

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...

2012

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....

2011

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...

2008

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

2007

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.