Mile 246 Dispatch

July 1, 2021
by TerryH

Cliffs north of Roads End Beach
Thursday 3:00 PM
Party cloudy
63° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
2.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Dead harbor seal and the remains of a baby dolphin.  Noticed the baby dolphin a couple weeks ago but unable to get photo (no battery).  Now its pecked clean by the scavengers.  Submitted Marine Mammal Report.  Also, a lot of pelicans, perhaps a hundred feeding offshore and roosting on Poly Rock.  Nice to see.  

  • dead harbor seal
    Dead harbor seal, about 5 ft in length, north end of Roads End beach
    North end of Roads End beach, where the high cliffs begin
    July 1, 2021
  • baby dolphin
    Baby dolphin, about 2 ft in length, north end of Roads End beach
    north end of Roads End beach, where the high cliffs begin
    July 1, 2021
Other Mile 246 Reports (28)


August 18, 2022 - gianna70
Usually large amount of broken mussel shells, concentrated on the north end of the mile. Small amount of trash picked up - mostly fishing line. Four dead birds observed. 
  • South end of mile 246, facing north into the fog
  • 1st dead bird
  • South side of the ridge just south of god's thumb
  • north end, facing east, just showing typical small rock fall from the cliff
  • north end, facing west, typical rocks before the water
  • copious amounts of mussel shells
  • tree perched atop the north cliff of the mile
  • dead bird #2
  • 3rd dead bird
  • dead bird #4
  • fishing line pulled off the mile
June 26, 2022 - gianna70
Beautiful day with many visitors to the mile during the approximately two hours I was there. No major concerns to report.
  • Facing North from Southernmost Point of the Mile
April 17, 2022 - TerryH
For the past few days a very large raptor, possibly a Golden Eagle, has been cruising the northern end of Roads End beach. Today, I walked the beach hoping to spot it but only saw some turkey...
  • Golden Eagle
  • sea lion carcass
February 6, 2022 - gianna70
Basic, sunny day at the beach, approaching high tide. I did carry 3 pieces of pressure treated wood off of mile 245, which I use to access mile 246. See pic below.
  • Pressure Treated Wood
  • Facing north from southernmost tip of mile 246
  • Facing south from accessible north cliff of mile 246


November 21, 2021 - gianna70
nothing new noted
  • Driftline showing microplastics
  • Driftline showing microplastics
  • Dead Bird #1
  • Dead bird #2
  • Facing south from the north end of the mile but just south of the cove below god's thumb
  • Facing north from the south end of the mile
April 17, 2021 - gianna70
Dense fog burned off with increasing warm sunshine. There was a SOLVE beach clean up event at Roads End, but that didn't seem to be the driving factor for the large number of people visiting mile 246...
  • god's thumb cove
  • tree on top of north end of mile
  • south end, facing north
  • mussels
  • dead fish
  • wrack line plastics
  • god's thumb cove


December 31, 2020 - gianna70
With the tide being low there were some people walking along the cliff to get to the inlet between that cliff and god's thumb. I did not do that for fear of unexpected waves. Noted differences in the...
  • South end of mile 246 facing north
  • run off waterfall
  • steppe in sand
  • north cliff tree
  • exposed rocks
  • facing south from north cliff
November 1, 2020 - TerryH
There's a tree swing, not far from the beach, on the property of 7975 NW Logan (northern most house in Roads End).  I question whether the property owner installed it.  I'll check it out.  Photo-...
  • tree swing
  • tree swing
September 9, 2020 - gianna70
The weather was stunning, which may have accounted for the larger volume of visitors to the mile.
  • South End Facing North
  • Clinging Tree
  • NE Slide area
  • Sea Weed
July 25, 2020 - EJD
This is such a beautiful mile, the series of hidden beaches beyond the first headland never seem to get added to the reports so I wanted to help out. I noted there were agates present on the...
July 10, 2020 - nelsonstar
Arrived at Mile 246 around 12:30 pm and ended the walk about 2:30pm.  During my time there I saw 40 people and 8 dogs.  I am not counting the 2 people and 2 dogs that came with me.  Saw quite a few...
May 25, 2020 - gianna70
Arrived at mile 246 at 2:35 pm and ended the mile walk at 3:22 pm. During that time we saw 11 people and 1 dog not including the two of us and the 1 dog we brought. Saw what appeared to be two new...
  • Mile 246 midway facing north
  • small drainage
  • fissure
  • tide pool
  • east cliff
  • clinging tree
  • dug out sand
  • drainage
  • east cliffs
March 15, 2020 - TerryH
Dead sea lion, no head, located on north Roads End beach where the exposed cliffs begin.  Recent tire tracks indicate the Park Ranger may already be aware.  Submittted Marine Mammal report for Mr....
February 2, 2020 - TerryH
A large piece of electronics, in the cove, just north of the Roads End headland (the Point).  Weighs about 15-20 lbs.  Maybe from a boat?  Also, more little wire bundles in the same location.  Re-...
  • electronic junk
  • electronic junk
  • little wire bundles
  • beaver wood


December 25, 2019 - gianna70
I went out to observe the King Tides. The access point to mile 246 is on 245 and the water was coming right up to the base of the walkway. Therefore I only took pictures of 246 from mile 245 and didn...
  • Mile 246
November 3, 2019 - gianna70
Human impacts observed included rock-hounding, vehicle tire tracks, and large plastic marine debris items.
  •   Tire Tracks
  •    bird collage
  •    facing south from the north cliff
  •    rocky outcropping of the north cliff
September 21, 2019 - gianna70
SOLVE litter pick-up taking place.  A fissure appears to be developing at the base of a bluff.
  • Facing north from start of 246
  • facing south from north end of 246
  • NE cliff wall
  • slide fissure 1
  • fissure zoom out
  • clinging tree
  • cove south of gods thumb
  • anemone
July 11, 2019 - gianna70
Landslide observed.  Large quantity of crab shells in the wrackline.  No human impacts visible
  • Looking North
  • Tree Clinging to Cliff
  • crab shells
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Deer Track in the sand
  • Sea Star & Snail
  • Gravel Slide
  • Driftwood Lean-to
  • Driftwood Lean-to
March 24, 2019 - gianna70
More beach litter than usual.  Signs of rock fall from cliffs.  Many people out on the low tide.
February 25, 2019 - gianna70
Walked the bulk of the mile with Wayne Hale and Starla Nelson. Beautiful day. Minimal debris/garbage (1 plastic grocery sack full as well as a piece of a red brick and 5 pieces of wood). Deposited...
January 12, 2019 - gianna70
This walk was done in conjunction with the Marine Debris Shoreline Survey. We carried two pallets off the beach plus a few pieces of pressure treated lumber. 
  • tissue package, Styrofoam, plastic
  • bag of garbage/small debris
  • pallets & treated wood debris


December 30, 2018 - haleyeah503
Was unable to reach the northern half of mile 246 again due to water levels. There was miminal debris found on the second quarter and was able to carry it back with me. From the amount of debris...
  • Mile 246 debris 12/30/2018
  • Purple coloration in sand, southern end of mile 246
  • Purple coloration in sand, southern end of mile 246
November 4, 2018 - vleboeuf
No major beach issues noted as people were primarily walking and exploring the rocky shore. However, significant erosion noted on the south side of Cascade Head bluffs. Was pleasantly surprised to...


December 13, 2014 - Volunteer Trainer
Note- Documentation from 1996: Sea star wasting observed and photographed in 1996 by Nancy Chase:"When I talked to you (Fawn) at the conference I mentioned that I had observed some disintegrating...
  • Photos from June,1996
  • June,1996
  • South end mile 246, north end mile 245
  • North end Mile 245, south end Mile 246
  • Jun-96


February 26, 2013 - TerryH
My son crossed over the rocky Point at the north end of Roads End Mile 245 and found what looks like the remains of a boat: large pieces of fiberglass, oil can and a boat battery. Japanese writing...


March 27, 2010 - Corrina
I walked down the roads end beach, then hiked up the trail to westwind on Saturday. On Sunday, I hiked the other direction from Westwind. On Saturday, I observed several (3?) people climbing up the...


May 28, 2009 - TerryH
Tide was low enough and there was enough sand to walk well into Mile 246. So... I took this gorgeous pic of Cascade Head. Just had to share.
  • view of Cascade Head from Mile 246


April 18, 2007 - [email protected]
General: I finally got a look around the point, and it was clear. The low tide at -1.3' was doable but not very safe to climb rocks to get there. in a few weeks I will be checking if I can find a...