Mile 246 Report

May 25, 2020
by gianna70

Cliffs north of Roads End Beach
Monday 2:30 PM
61° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Activity Comments:
Not included in people or dog count was myself, a friend, and his dog
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
removed 2 bags of dog poop, two pieces of plywood, a few pieces of rope and as much small plastic pieces as we could from mile 246. Mile 245 also included two Starbucks cups, and various pieces of trash in addition to small pieces of plastics.
New Development:
noticed a couple more small streams than usual but not modified or disturbed
Natural Changes:
Major cracks appearing in bluffs

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 streams coming down the side of the cliffs on the eastern edge of the mile. One was fairly active, cutting a channel to the ocean. The other was very small and not very active. There was evidence along the east cliffs of rock fall with numerous pieces of broken rock on the sand. The north end of the cliff had a tide pool area and the water was too high to get around into the cove on the north end of god's thumb. The tree at the top of the north cliff is still clinging to the rocks above. There was more debris than usual on the mile, especially bagged dog poop and bits of plastic in the wrack line. The most surprising garbage was a retirement plan's worth of toilet paper. As we walked south across part of mile 245 to the parking area we picked up more garbage such as Starbuck's cups, a Mike's Hard Lemonade can and food wrappers.

  • Mile 246 midway facing north
    Mile 246 midway facing north
    May 25, 2020
  • small drainage
    smaller of the two newer water drainage lines coming down the east cliffs
    May 25, 2020
  • fissure
    newer fissure toward north end of east cliffs
    May 25, 2020
  • tide pool
    north cliff tide pool area south of the god's thumb cove
    May 25, 2020
  • east cliff
    towards the northern end of the mile looking skyward at the east cliffs
    May 25, 2020
  • clinging tree
    clinging tree at the top of the north cliff that's just south of the god's thumb cove
    May 25, 2020
  • dug out sand
    dug out sand pit near the larger, more active drainage area on the east cliff
    May 25, 2020
  • drainage
    larger of the two newer looking drainage "water falls" on the east cliffs, with the dug out sand pit to the left of the drainage
    May 25, 2020
  • east cliffs
    midway up mile 246 facing NE, showing east cliffs
    May 25, 2020
Other Mile 246 Reports (16)


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 - kujira246
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...