Mile 211 Report

September 14, 2016
by Chad101

Lost Creek Wayside north, Holiday Beach south
Wednesday 2:00 PM
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Apparent Violations:
Large drift log was partially burnt. I noted recent litter on the beach, consisting of fast food bag, plastic jug, food wrapper. I noted four areas where graffiti had been carved in upper portion of sandstone cliffs, only reachable by climbing.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
I did not see the ATV but saw tire tracks partially washed away by tide.
Notable Wildlife:
The only live animals I saw were shorebirds, including only sea gulls (don't know the species) and crows.
Dead Birds:
The three birds I saw were well-scavenged, with exposed bare bones and in one case exposed skull. I did not see any leg bands and cannot identify species.
Fish & Invertebrates:
I only saw one dead fish possible 5-6" long, partially eaten. Don't know species.
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
Piece of electrical wiring about 6 feet long; a rectangular piece of waterproof fabric about 12" x 5'; 2 pieces of hard plastic.
New Development:
Steps down bluff·Drainage pipes
This being my first report, I don't know how new these structures are
New riprap/shoreline protection Riprap at cliff base next to one set of wooden steps.
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Visible retreat of solid bluff
At least 36 cave-like erosions in cliffs at beach level. Water constantly seeps from a line about 1/3 of the way up the cliffs, making beach muddy in many places

Cliff face close to beach consists of smooth gray rock with many fractures, which is crumbling leaving piles at beach level. Cliff is eroding back toward Hwy 101 in several places. Strata of alternating gray and orange rock layers are clearly visible in the lower third (wet part) of cliff in area just south of Thiel Creek. The drain pipe noted above is made of flexible black tubing hanging from top of cliff all the way to beach level. I did not see buildings near the top of the tubing.


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 of the beach near the cliff face is muddy.  The cliff shows much erosion over most of Mile 211 (the entire length below Thiel Creek). I could not see any structures at the top of the cliffs until the northernmost part of Mile 211, above Thiel Creek.  The many cave-like indentations in the lower cliff is the most distinctive feature.  There was nothing very notable in the driftline except the piece of nylon-like fabric. I will submit an edited version of this report with attached photos.

  • View of Mile 211 from the North
    In front of Lost Creek State Park parking lot, looking north.
    September 14, 2016
  • Erosion of Cliff: Cave-like erosion of cliff.
    N 44.546252 E - 124.073047
    September 14, 2016
  • Erosion Close to Highway 101
    N 44.549047 E - 124.073616
    September 14, 2016
  • Graffiti: Graffiti on sandstone portion above the beach.
    N 44.554341 E - 124.072645
    September 14, 2016
  • Hanging Drain Tube: This is probably just north of the end of Mile 211, but I include it to make sure OSCCis aware.
    September 14, 2016
  • Riprap: Ath northern edge of Mile 211
    N 44.567088 E -124.071152
    September 14, 2016
  • Partially Eaten Dead Fish: In high tide line.
    High tide line.
    September 14, 2016
Other Mile 211 Reports (24)


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...


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.