Mile 221 Report

September 17, 2018
by KathyLJ

Schooner Pt, Moolack Beach S of Moolack Creek
Monday 11:30 AM
Party cloudy
58° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
3.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
None observed.
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
The only wildlife observed was a couple large groups of adult and juvenile gulls.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
The birds were deteriorated beyond my ability to recognize them. Most were just bone and some wing feathers. No leg bands were observed.
Fish & Invertebrates:
None observed.
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
The drift line contained a large amount of crab molt and, in some areas, large amounts of bullwhip kelp and seagrass.
New Development:
The damaged steps noted in a prior report have not been repaired.
None observed
Natural Changes:
Some minor falling rocks and soil erosion on cliffs.

I accessed the beach from NW 68th St which is just south of Schooner Point and the southern end of mile 221. Soil erosion on the trail down to the beach on the north end of the mile by Moolack Creek has made it too difficult for me to use it for access. The 19 people observed on the beach included 5 children. That is a lot of people for this stretch of beach especially on a weekday. I often see no more than 6 or so even on summer weekends and they are usually clustered on the north end of the mile by the Moolack Shores Inn. Today's group was spread out over the entire mile. I found only a minimal amount of trash that included a glass jar, a can, a few small pieces of plastic, food wrappings, men's boxer shorts and a bag of dog poop. All but one piece of plastic were found on dry sand. There was more crab molt in the drift line and on the soft sand areas near the cliff walls than I usually see here. There seemed to be less driftwood than I observed earlier in the summer. 

  • water flowing from base of cliff
    Several similar areas along the mile.
    September 17, 2018
  • Kelp and crab molt
    September 17, 2018
  • Crab molt
    All along the dry sand areas of the beach.
    September 17, 2018
  • Trash found
    September 17, 2018
Other Mile 221 Reports (38)


September 5, 2020 - KathyLJ
This is my first report in 2020 although I have walked all or part of this mile several times this summer. No significant changes to the beach or cliffs was noted since last fall. In all my visits, I...


October 27, 2019 - KathyLJ
The sand is starting to wash away and some rocks that haven't been seen since July are beginning to reappear. The large kelp tangles of a couple weeks ago are gone and there was not much in the...
July 21, 2019 - KathyLJ
It was a beautiful, sunny day with no wind and a very low incoming tide. Of the 22 people observed, 20 were walking and 2 were surf fishing. I observed 2 dogs: 1 leashed, 1 unleashed. No picnic...


June 30, 2018 - lipberm
There was nothing startling or unusual about this beachwalk except that we noted significant destruction of a staircase and its foundation below the large vacation rentals just south of Moolack Beach...
June 15, 2018 - KathyLJ
No notable changes to the beach or cliffs since my last report. Minimal trash and no large pieces of debris although Parks staff had been there on an ATV a couple days earlier so they would have...


October 15, 2017 - KathyLJ
38 is a large number of people on this section of beach for any time of year but it was a sunny, windless day so it was perfect for beach walking.  Most of the people were at the south end of the...
June 29, 2017 - KathyLJ
No notable cliff erosion over the winter.  Removed minimal debris from sandy areas and in driftwood including food wrappers, a kite and fragments that appeared to be from a foam fishing float. More...


October 27, 2016 - KathyLJ
Not much change since the last report except waves & tides have removed sand and exposed some rocks not visible during the summer. Also, more large driftwood trees and logs along the cliffs than...
August 22, 2016 - KathyLJ
Noticed this apparatus hanging from cliff below Pacific Surf RV Park.
August 21, 2016 - KathyLJ
Beach was relatively clean of seaweed/algae, molt, etc. There is a drain hose tangled in some downed trees below a housing development near Schooner Point.  It looks like it's been there for awhile.


December 27, 2014 - daveincamas
Saw a lot of fresh dead birds (15 or so) - Cassin's auklets? Saw a bunch more the next day at Beverly Beach. Took photos of many of them:[email protected]/sets/...
June 11, 2014 - lauraj
This was a quick walk, intended to gather more debris, but as it goes the beach was mostly clear this time. More rock shelves have been exposed and even some small tide pools. Most notable was the...
May 7, 2014 - lauraj
Like a lot of other areas this week there was lots of debris! I filled two large Solve bags and had to close my eyes to what I left behind.Also placed some large items above the high tide line and...
January 17, 2014 - lauraj
One of those wonderful summery days in winter! Mostly sunny with an east wind about 62 degrees. 8 to 10 people out walking, 1 dog.Not many birds, 1 flock of gulls, 1 dead (unknown species).Erosion in...


April 24, 2013 - lauraj
Another beautiful (but windy) afternoon on our amazing coast. Pleased to see only a little trash as I had decided to allow myself to walk barefoot and didn't want to scramble into the rocks. Still...


October 25, 2012 - lauraj
Very pleasant day for a walk. The beach was fairly clean of trash, but someone dropped an upholstered chair and a mattress, among other things, in the Moolack parking lot. URG! Minimal amount of new...
  • Very interesting geologic formations along this mile.
July 7, 2012 - lipberm
May 28, 2012 - lauraj
Beautiful day. Hauled off as much trash as we could carry. Typical trash, nothing unusual. UpdateJapanese light bulb.While belatedly posting photos (most of which document the active erosion in this...
  • left over cut outs from shoes
  • Intact light bulb, 9.5" x 4.5", turns out to have kanji writing.
January 23, 2012 - lauraj
It was a beautiful day between storms. Some big piles of sea foam south of Moolack parking lot. Large flock of Gulls hanging out near Moolack creek drainage. 6 - 8 people collecting fossils and...


July 25, 2011 - lauraj
Beautiful evening. One car at Schooner point, four cars at the pullout South of Moolack parking lot. Nine or ten people, half walking, half playing with dogs. There were large groups of gulls about...


April 16, 2010 - lipberm
When we left Newport on March 15, there was plenty of sand on Mile 221's beach, including the area directly below where we live, Schooner Point. When we returned a month later we found the beach...
  • It was possible to walk through one of the "caves", but in March 2010 they collapsed.


December 12, 2009 - lipberm
A gloomy day with virtually no human activity on the beach except for a couple of young men practicing their golf swings with a practice ball at Schooner Point. Looks to us as though very little sand...
September 22, 2009 - lipberm
A lovely warm, windless, but slightly foggy morning with few people at low tide. The track down to the beach on the Moolack Beach end shows recent erosion.
May 28, 2009 - lipberm
A beautiful morning on mile 221. Not many people or dogs for such a nice day and low tide. Noticed a "for sale" sign at our normal access point just south of the Moolack Beach parking area. Maybe...
  • This shows the sand level at it's maximum at this spot.
  • Here, from January 2008, is the same bluff with almost all of the sand gone.
March 6, 2009 - lipberm
An absolutely beautiful, sunny, calm Friday afternoon drew an unusual number of people to Mile 221. Workers were busy repairing the wooden stairway leading down from the two rental houses south of...
  • These new steps leading down from the Driftwood Village Motel area won't last very long.
  • Shore Pine half way down landslide scar (from 13 years ago).
  • Shore Pine on beach


December 11, 2008 - lipberm
At the Moolack end of the mile there was an unusually high concentration of small plastic and styrofoam pieces in the wrack line and on the rocks. Lots of bottlecaps, lighters, and a few toothbrushes...
  • The two photos show the large-diameter drainpipe running down the sandy bluff by the RV park that was built on the blufftop property in August 2007.
November 22, 2008 - malachite
Sighting of an unusually large (10 for sure, possibly as many as 13-14) black oystercatchers, in addition to possible sighting of bald eagle & some Black Turnstones. Oystercatchers probably...
September 20, 2008 - lipberm
Lots of human and good-dog activity on this sunny, mild fall beach clean-up day. There was some new erosion of the bluff--one large tree tipped over and erosion due to disturbance made in bluff at a...
June 11, 2008 - lipberm
The unusually low tides had more than the normal beachwalkers out today. The Dogami geologist (Jonathan Allen) told us that about 70% of the sand had already returned to our mile.
January 17, 2008 - lipberm
Another beautiful day on our mile. A little cool, but no wind. I believe there is the least amount of sand remaining on the beach that we have ever seen. Our neighbor noted that the waves are now...
  • The majority of the sand has been scoured away from Schooner Point's beach, at least six feet of sand as we figure it. The sculpted rocks imply that this is a yearly event. At low tide it's a photographer's goldmine.


November 6, 2007 - lipberm
All seems to be well on our mile.
October 27, 2007 - coastwalker221
Saw ten people & one dog off-leash enjoying themselves. Very nice mile of beach, nearly empty of human litter. New evidence of continual beach bluff erosion on Mile 221 on the Moolack Slide...
  • Landslide debris fan is about 60 feet wide at base, about 30 feet tall, fell from a 40 to 50 foot beach bluff. Earth composition mostly sandstone or shale. Took with it a long dead tree snag, brush, shore pine trees, Oregon grape
  • Landslide is aboout 60 feet wide at base, about 30 feet tall, fell from a beach bluff 40 to 50 feet tall. Tons of earth debris is a mix of sandstone and shale. Carried with it a long dead tree snag, brush, shore pines, Oregon grape
August 31, 2007 - lipberm
In addition to the new RV pads, there is some erosion control going in on the next mile to the south (220). The Schooner Landing motel has brought in drilling and other equipment to try to control...
August 8, 2007 - B Berge
No activities of concern. Many seabirds on the ocean, none on the beach. No dead wildlife. Moolack was clean and I did not see anything of concern.
May 5, 2007 - lipberm
One peeled log observed (and photographed), probably from the dumped load. Full set of photos taken at the standard 29 points along the mile.
March 13, 2007 - B Berge
Not much in the way human-derived debris - the beach was really quite clean. In general there were a lot more beach rocks are exposed then when I was there last. That's it. It should be noted that...
February 4, 2007 - coastwalker221
Low levels of sand piling over all areas except Schooner Point. Beach rack line is typically several yards westward of average summer lines, indicating ocean waves are not flowing as high on the...


December 28, 2006 - lipberm
A mild, magical day in between storms, and our first realization of just how much sand is moved onto and off of the beach below Schooner Point as the seasons and prevailing winds change. Closer...