Mile 261 Report

April 1, 2010
by Rouses

Location:
Tillamook
Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda
Conditions:
Thursday
Cloudy
50° F
Wind:
Moderate from the SW
Tide Level:
7.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
100
Dogs:
5
Activities:
Walking / Running:
75
Playing in surf:
6
Playing in sand:
3
Sitting:
12
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
2
Surfing:
2
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
Kite flying 6
Concerns:
Climbing bluffs/seastacks·Litter
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
60
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 6
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
5
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
2
Activity Comments:
Start of Washington State Spring Break. Lots of out of State cars. Washington the majority, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. Oregon plates in the minority. Lots of people and kids on the beach even with a fair wind blowing.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
none
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam
drift line was very messy even after Beach Clean up. Lots of plastic and styrofoam.
New Development:
Steps down bluff
Modifications:
Dune Modification·Sand removal
Winter storms deposited large quanties of sand on the Kiawand County Parking Lot. This sand was removed and placed on the toe of dune in front of Resort ( Cottages at Cape Kiawanda)
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Comments:
Even with the high surf the last quarter very little beach erosion. Overall the sand is much higher then normal for the end of winter.
Summary:
Due to spring break a good number of people on the beach. All in all a nice way to enjoy the coast. There was a large amount of plastic and rope ( both very large and small ) in the drift line. Small plastic made up the majority of debris.The beach clean up was just completed so it was disappointing to observe so much trash.
Other Mile 261 Reports (13)

2015

October 4, 2015 - BeachcomberJim
The weather was ideal for visiting Pacific City beaches as the many family activities seen today did show.This beach was devoid of any small sticks and woody debris as should be normally found. The...

2010

June 19, 2010 - Rouses
Lot of pressure on the resource, however,everyone having a good time. Lots of dogs, some on leash, some off. One dog became aggressive but no problem. Some small litter but overall beach very clean....

2009

December 23, 2009 - Rouses
A very nice winter day on the beach. A good deal of the summer sand remains on this beach. Noted that on the Cape the large sea cave continues to increase in size and a large rock on the very north...
October 24, 2009 - Rouses
A very nice October day on the Coast. Lots of people and kids enjoying the treasure we call the beach.The access point , Cape Kiwanda Parking lot was full. Some going to the Pelican Pub but most to...
April 5, 2009 - Rouses
Very nice day on the beach. A lot of people walking dogs. Lots of kids building sand castles.No unusual dead fish, mamuals, shellfish.Just a nice day at the beach.Sand levels very normal for this...

2008

December 5, 2008 - Rouses
Incredibly clean beach. The parking lot to access the beach (Cape Kiwanda County Park) was also very clean.Weather very nice for first of December. Do not recall in 25 years seeing the beach so clean...
December 1, 2008 - J.M. Trunkey
It was such a rainy day, I was unable to walk the whole mile, but mostly observed from the hill. I did observe a wedding being held in early September, and the wedding photos were done...
March 9, 2008 - Rouses
1 dead sea lion. Beach is really clean for after winter storms. Riprap showing at each end of Cottages at the Cape.

2007

June 13, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
Lot of use of this popular beach. The parking lot at Cape Kiawanda can hold over 100 cars and the access is very easy. As more condos / houses / hotels come on line this beach and headland will...
May 7, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
It was a foggy Monday. There were 5 surfers - approx. 30 gulls - 6 cars + 1 truck - 2 dogs - 1 kite flying
March 27, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
Beach was clean; motel/condos proceeding at projected pace to be completed 7/07. This development borders Cape Kiwanda State Park. Visual impact is overpowering. The Tillamook county parking lot...
February 1, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
The public parking lot at Cape Kiwanda was used as a staging site for the construction of the retaining wall(a huge retaining wall)The county parks department approved the use of the county parking...
January 16, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
They are building the motel - as you can see.I liked the display chart and information board near Haystack rock and The Pelican [photo]The sand had come way up onto the pavement by The Pelican Rest....
  • Map and information board near Haystack Rock and The Pelican.