Mile 241 Report

December 16, 2015
by Anonymous

Location:
Lincoln
Nelscott north, Lincoln City south
Conditions:
Wednesday 9:30 AM
Cloudy
45° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
8
Dogs:
5
Activities:
Walking / Running:
6
Rockhunting:
2
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
2
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:
Few people because of the time of year and inclement weather
Notable Wildlife:
Very few birds -- just a few gulls. Probably because of the bad weather we've been having
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks
lots of driftwood from recent storms
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Evidence of wave overtopping
Landslides/major boulder falls; two major bluff slides, several minor slides
Comments:
Summary:

There are two major bluff slides, each of which brought down tons of earth, sand, and pine trees either onto the beach or onto riprap at the foot of the bluff. Having walked this stretch of beach for years, these are the two largest slides I've seen on this stretch of beach bluff. One is 150 yards north of the Olivia Beach steps, the other is below the Bard Loop. The slides appear to have started near the top of the mid-section of the bluff, not at the summit of the bluff. There are also minor slides, and bluff erosion caused by waves lapping around rip-rap. There has been some destruction of the rip rock -- rocks washed onto the beach or rocks escaping their wire retainers (such as at the Olivia Beach steps). Also, much, much sand washed off the beach by the big waves. Lots of agate beds exposed, as well as bedrock.

  • Here the slide fell onto rip rap at the foot of the bluff.
    Here the slide fell onto rip rap at the foot of the bluff.
    Mile 241, 150 yards north of Olivia Beach steps
    December 16, 2015
  • note how waves washed around the rip rap and eroded the bluff on the adjoining property
    note how waves washed around the rip rap and eroded the bluff on the adjoining property
    Mile 241, 150 yards north of Olivia Beach steps
    December 16, 2015
Other Mile 241 Reports (9)

2016

May 8, 2016 - Anonymous
Dead, headless sea lion and dogs off leash noted.
April 11, 2016 - Anonymous
Noted and photographed 25 sea stars with no signs of wasting syndrome. Small harbor seal carcass just north of Olivia Beach stairs.
April 4, 2016 - Anonymous
Still finding litter with Japanese writing. Found green plastic sealed 1 liter bottle with Russian writing. It was full of clear, odorless liquid.
February 8, 2016 - Anonymous
Sunny-warm day. Concern: children climbing on unstable bluff-informed parent No notable wildlife

2012

July 15, 2012 - newwade
Removed 3 bags of litter...No tsunami litter, mostly left over from the 4th and small pieces of styrofoam...green doggy poop bags that were full and abandoned...too many!!!
March 8, 2012 - olivia
It was an unusually warm and sunny winter day, so many people were out taking advantage of chance to walk the beach without rain gear. The sand that was gone earlier in the winter seems to be coming...

2007

March 18, 2007 - oceanwalker842
More dislodged clumps of mussel. More exposed rock perhaps from winter storms. No additional erosion visible for most of the mile except as noted last time. Still beach storm litter. Beach patrol...
February 19, 2007 - Kittywake
In one week period saw all of the dead beached birds listed. Plus, all in one area, 5 species. Plus the 4 gulls, 2 dead, 2 broken-winged, within 20 feet of each other. Neighbors wondered if people...
January 15, 2007 - newwade
Dead bird counts for University of Washington have been small numbers (3-4 birds) and mostly common murres and western grebes. Driftline Content: There are a lot of large logs and heavy wrack in some...