Mile 261 Report

September 25, 2021
by beattieb

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda
Saturday 3:15 PM
65° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
7.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
Playing volleyball, tenting, e bikes
Climbing bluffs/seastacks·People/dogs in closure areas
Apparent Violations:
Many people ((40 at least) beyond fencing near cliff edges, including a formal wedding proposal with camera crew and 13 attendees above the western cliff edge.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Plenty of visitors today. Cloudy and cool, big surf, high tide, little exposed shoreline. Felt more like winter shore than fall except wedding parties in restaurant, and lots of visitors
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Common murre
A emancipated deer was seen on outer part of cape, standing, then laying down. Not walking.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Boat ramp is being eroded by wave action causing vehicles to exit ramp much earlier.  There is little exposed beach so that dory landing at high tide is challeng for boaters.


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 present.  Minor garbage, plastic toys and cigarette butts main garbage seen.  

Other Mile 261 Reports (38)


February 2, 2023 - MatthewsE
Cape KiwandaLooks in a lot better shape than last month's damage caused by the King Tides. The boat ramp has been repaired. The water runoff pipe has been resupported with sand and the barrier dunes...
  • gulls
  • yellow mile sign 37
  • Boat ramp
  • Boat Ramp
  • Seagull bag of litter
  • Wood debris
  • water drainage pipe
  • looking south
  • barrier dunes
  • bare and surf zones
  • debris
  • looking north
  • Barnacles
  • Ancient Murrelet
  • Ancient Murrelet
January 7, 2023 - beattieb
Commenting on the previous mile report, 1/3/23.  Thank you Erik for reporting. The big differences I see from your photos are increased rock exposure and sluffing of sand bank below the condominiums...
January 3, 2023 - MatthewsE
My first official report of mile 261 Cape KiwandaFrom viewing the previous King tide action from the week prior on varius other website, I was very cautious of what mile 261 might look like. I have...
  • Boat Ramp
  • North End Mile 261
  • storm water drain
  • foam
  • Wrack Zone
  • trash
  • styrofoam
  • pop can
  • small tennis ball
  • log pieces
  • cutting scars on the dunes
  • cracks in dunes
  • eroding foredunes
  • south end of mile 261


November 13, 2022 - beattieb
Overall general continued erosion of sandstone bluff, new cracks in bluff seen.  Continued sluffing of dune edge just below condominiums north of the parking lot.  White paint line on riprap.
  • West end of Cape Kiwanda showing sluffing and erosion
  • North side of cape by the bowl
  • September 2, 2021 erosion
  • Sluffing of bank and white marks on rip rap
  • This gull has ceased to be, met his maker…
September 28, 2022 - beattieb
Surf much higher today with large waves and wind.  Pond drainage eroding sand ramp built for dory launching. 
  • High tide at boat famp
  • South of boat ramp at high tide
September 27, 2022 - beattieb
Shore line berm continues to grow and the pool of water on the dune side still exists.  All rocks almost completely covered with water near high tide, evidence of some new erosion on cape.
  • Cape Kiwanda high tide, rocks covered
September 6, 2022 - MatthewsE
My First Report for this AreaThis seemed like a long stretch of mile, but nice and smooth. About a 3rd into the mile the beach seemed to split into two levels...what I mean is it wasn't completely...
  • mile 261 North Access
  • Dory trailer and truck
  • water outlet from North Access point
  • gulls taking a dip
  • Litter plastic cup
  • Litter plastic shovel
  • Chief Kiwanda Rock
  • Surf Scoter
  • foot
  • Common Murrer
  • Common Murrer #16
  • Horse and Riders
  • Litter: Sandle
  • Litter
  • bilevel beach bare
  • California Sea Lion
  • California Sea Lion
  • California Sea Lion
  • California Sea Lion
  • California Sea Lion
  • California Sea Lion
July 4, 2022 - beattieb
Large groups of people arriving and setting up over the entire mile. High number of visitors setting up for the fireworks show, small beach fires, many tents, swimming, kayaking, surfing, kite flying...
  • Cape Kiwanda south at boat ramp
  • Cape Kiwanda north from the boat ramp
July 3, 2022 - beattieb
We stayed until 1:00, when we left there were more and more people showing up hard to estimate total number  Returned at 4:15, estimated 1000 people, 2 boats with trailers.
  • 9:00 am looking north at cape Kiwanda
  • Cape Kiwanda looking south at 1:00pm
  • Climbing the dune cape kiwanda
  • Cape Kiwanda looking southsouth
  • Low tide at cape kiwanda
June 12, 2022 - beattieb
Increased erosion of ramp, and repairs to this access. Increased erosion of drain pipe area and natural changes to sand bar creating a water way about 100 yards long.  
  • Tracks south of ramp
  • Erosion at end of ramp to beach
  • Water behind sand bar south of the ramp
  • Storm drain erosion
May 23, 2022 - beattieb
Pretty quiet morning.  2 hours later there were 50 people, and 40+/- cars in the parking lot. Water erosion on top of cape evident, two large trees are all that is left of the forest. These trees are...
  • Shrinking cape. Trees almost gone
April 17, 2022 - beattieb
Sand movement has covered the exposed base rocks near the cape and south of the ramp.  There is a area just west of the boat ramp that is much lower showing exposed loose rocks 4-6" diameter.  Boats...
February 14, 2022 - beattieb
Sand is moving back covering exposed rock and piling up along sand bank.  Recent erosion, sand sluffing down south side of sand dune near access to path up the dune.  See picture...


December 29, 2021 - beattieb
General increase in erosion, including under the boat ramp on the south side of the ramp.  
  • Newly posed rocky shore
  • Micro plastics within cape area
  • Drainage from parking lot
  • Boat ramp undermining
  • Dune erosion below condos
  • Newly exposed rock
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...
April 20, 2021 - beattieb
  • Southern edge erosion
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...
  • Cape Kiwanda
  • Mid Cape Kiwanda
  • Kiwanda bowl
  • Kiwanda shore 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...
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.