Mile 261 Report

April 20, 2021
by beattieb

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda
Tuesday 2:00 PM
Party cloudy
54° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Tenting?, harvesting muscles:2, parasailing on dune:2, bike riding, (e-bikes):2
Climbing bluffs/seastacks·Shellfish collection
Apparent Violations:
Harvesting muscles is illegal in this area, the pair had about a five gallons of muscles in a cooler. I informed them it was not allowed, they stopped and left
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
It was Monday, so not as busy as the weekend. People mostly spaced apart, one dory was leaving the beach when we arrived. The sand is soft and deep to access the paved ramp. Many spectators watching. People mostly in small groups, no large gatherings. 10 people beyond the newly fenced area on the cape
Notable Wildlife:
1 bald eagle flying and circling over the condo units. Small black birds, about 50 in water off the west end of the cape. Appear to be scoters, pigeon guillemots and double crested cormorants. Sea stars appear to be healthy, no wasting seen. Sand is covering some of the recently exposed areas of rocks covering anenomies, muscles and barnacles. Very few seagulls seen
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
Flowers in arrangements and wreaths near sand mounds surrounded by moats. Multiple pits dug in sand along the high tide area. Human activity. A recent beach clean up by The Dorymans Association has made an improvement in the amount debris along this area.
New Development:
Bluff development
New fencing along bluffs in addition to new signage warning about dangerous cliffs. The path up sand dune has been widened, assume this was from heavy equipment driving up to the top to deliver materials for fencing. Paths along dune at cape show heavy usage. A few dead trees still standing, with one laying down the face of the dune and a 2’ diameter by 8’ portion of a tree half way down the dune. Large driftwood trees over the winter have been cut up, pieces laying on the sand. Evidence of beach fires. Vehicle access to the shore is restricted to boat launching. One vehicle pulling a dory observed, other cars on beach may have launched kayaks but no trailers were evident on 2 of the 3 remaining parked.
Dune Modification
Trail widened up sand dune, new fencing on cape
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Visible retreat of solid bluff
The cape sandstone continues to erode. New large boulders near the east end on the cape are evident, leaving an area with a significant undercut overhead. Concern is this area is frequented by picnickers and day users because it is protected by the wind. A potential collapse in this area could be dangerous. Increased erosion on the end of the cape, in the bowl area shows exposed rock where sand was recently covering this area. People frequently cross over the fenced areas as evidenced by trails and visual observations of people in the closed areas.
  • Southern edge erosion
    Recent erosion has created a large overhanging area above a typical location of picnickers and sun bathers
    (45.2180243, -123.9760683)
    April 19, 2021
Other Mile 261 Reports (24)


September 25, 2021 - beattieb
Busy busy day at the cape.  500 cars parked is just a number, lot was full people circling for a spot.   We saw three wedding parties and one engagement party.  Many walkers, surfers and sitters...
September 2, 2021 - beattieb
Minimal garbage was found for thIs high use area.  I have heard volunteer citizens frequently clean up this area.  However there were still dog poop bags, discarded or lost jackets, head bands, shoes...
  • End of cape shoeing new rock fall
  • Out of bounds people above cracks on bluff
  • New erosion on west wall of bowl area
  • North wall of cape Kiwanda
July 16, 2021 - beattieb
  • Sunset Cape Kiwanda, July 15, 2021
July 6, 2021 - beattieb
  • End of cape as seen from fenced area
  • Wedding photo shoot?
July 5, 2021 - beattieb
The holiday weekend was busy, fireworks, a championship lawn game, Dory fishing, and parking lot full most all day.  Heavy use.  The afternoon was much calmer and the beach cleaned up and dumpster...
March 20, 2021 - beattieb
  • From boat ramp looking north at bank erosion
  • From the boat ramp looking north


December 13, 2020 - beattieb
Evidence of increased erosion of cape from November visit,  erosion on all areas of cape, large trees dead, one toppled over edge of dune, evidence of recent slides on rock faces, evidence of erosion...
December 13, 2020 - beattieb
Evidence of increased erosion of cape from November visit,  erosion on all areas of cape, large trees dead, one toppled over edge of dune, evidence of recent slides on rock faces, evidence of erosion...
  • Cape Kiwanda
  • Mid Cape Kiwanda
  • Kiwanda bowl
  • Kiwanda shore erosion
December 12, 2020 - beattieb
Today was just a check at low tide. We will return tomorrow during king tide and write another for comparison


July 22, 2019 - Linda Fink
  • Cape Kiwanda


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...


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....
April 1, 2010 - Rouses
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....


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...


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.


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.