Mile 262 Report

February 13, 2019
by Linda Fink

Location:
Tillamook
Cape Kiwanda State Park
Conditions:
Wednesday 11:15 AM
Party cloudy
50° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the E
Humans / Pets:
People:
4
Dogs:
3
Activities:
Walking / Running:
4
one car driving on beach (in legal area)
Concerns:
Litter
Apparent Violations:
tracks of wide tracked vehicle going up dune and down
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Activity Comments:
as entered above, tracks of tracked vehicle (OHV) going up and down dune but no longer present
Notable Wildlife:
Peregrine Falcon
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
unknown species
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
several large Moon jellies
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Evidence of wave overtopping
Comments:

Since the ORV was not present, just tracks visible, I'm just noting it on this report and posting photo of the tracks. Also posting photos of the new erosion from waves.

Summary:

Sunny windless morning with few people on the beach. Tracks of ORV up dune and down from earlier... some tracks on lower beach had been wiped out by earlier wave action. Dune shows sign of waves eating away still more of the bank, probably from earlier king tides. A Peregrine Falcon was north on the beach when we arrived, flew to the top of rock outcropping north of the McPhillips Park access road apparently chasing off two Ravens. Lots of stranded jellyfish on the beach, presumably Moon Jellies. Wrack line all the way up to dune in places.

  • Peregrine
    Peregrine visible north of our mile
    rock outcropping north of McPhillips Park access road
    February 13, 2019
  • jellyfish
    Jelly with foot for comparison
    1/2 mile south of McPhillips Road access point
    February 13, 2019
  • beach looking north
    beach looking north
    1/2 mile south of McPhillips access point
    February 13, 2019
  • erosion
    collapse of part of cliff and more erosion
    maybe 1/4 mile south of McPhillips Park
    February 13, 2019
  • track vehicle
    Track Vehicle on beach
    up and down dune and part way back to McPhillips Park, with tracks washed out beyond
    February 13, 2019
  • tracks up dune
    Tracked vehicle tracks on dune
    north side of Cape Kiwanda dune
    February 13, 2019
  • Cape Kiwanda north
    What's left of arch, interesting to compare with photos of mile report from 2011
    north side of Cape Kiwanda, 1 mile south of McPhillips Park
    February 13, 2019
Other Mile 262 Reports (18)

2018

October 3, 2018 - Linda Fink
The ocean continues to move inland, undercutting the bank. "Dune stabilization" efforts don't seem to be working, mostly because of natural erosion apparently. Vehicle tracks show lots of vehicles...
  • snail shells in wrack line
  • shell with barnacles
  • looking south from north end of mile
  • sand filling in formerly deep water
  • sand and rocks filling in
  • cliff erosion
July 13, 2018 - Linda Fink
Most people were on the north side of the dune, not in my mile. Two hang gliders and 3 vehicles with helpers/onlookers with them. A few people walking the beach, two with dogs. A couple kids playing...
  • view to the south of entire beach
  • view from south end of beach looking north
April 23, 2018 - Linda Fink
About 20 people, all but 2 from cars parked below the dune, walking on beach and climbing the north side of the dune, with 2 dogs. Jillions of little sand crabs in the low tide zone burrowing in the...
  • sand crabs
  • sand crabs
February 13, 2018 - Linda Fink
Very clean, flat beach abruptly ends at vegetated hillside. North side of dune gently sloped enough for 1/3rd of the way up for vehicles to have gone up that far, judging from the tracks in the sand...

2017

December 4, 2017 - Volunteer Coordinator
At high tide, there was no beach in sections. The other photo is taken on my way back of that same stretch of beach but looking north instead of south. On the way, I had to scramble up the bank to...
  • King Tide - waves hitting the base of the dune Bob Straub Beach Kiwanda State Park
  • Sea foam left- King Tide receding 10:44am Bob Straub State Park
October 16, 2017 - Linda Fink
A beautiful, sunny, windless day just after high tide. More dead birds in the driftline than I have seen here before. All the signs are gone that had indicated the vehicle-prohibited areas,...
August 2, 2017 - dslinger
Large amounts of algae noted.
July 5, 2017 - Linda Fink
A foggy, windless day on very wide beach with abrupt cliff edge; lots of illegal fireworks this day after the 4th of July and lots of picnic junk including clothing! Most people were driving around...
  • McPhillip's Park sign.
  • Illegal fieworks.
  • illegal fireworks
  • sign
  • Vehicle tracks behind sign.
  • Peregrine Falcon.
May 6, 2017 - Linda Fink
Clean beach and very wide this time. No signs left saying where vehicles prohibited but no one was trying to drive up the dune. Two hang gliders sailing. Nice day and people enjoying the beach, most...
  • View of CoastWatch Mile 262
  • North side of Cape Kiwanda dune
  • Hanggliders
March 10, 2017 - Linda Fink
Warm windless day. Picked up one sack of trash. Lots of driftwood, lots more bank and dune erosion. No vehicle tracks in prohibited area, even though sign down.

2016

December 13, 2016 - Linda Fink
more debris than we could pick up including refrigerator casing. We hauled off ropes and plastic big pieces. Most junk I've ever seen there. Large eroded hollowed out (eroded) area at north end of...
October 12, 2016 - dslinger
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157673244006880 Many more photos of the beauty and ongoing destruction of this natural area.
July 7, 2016 - Linda Fink
Amazing change to the beach and dune. Tons of sand gone from the edge of the dune... it's now a cliff. Cape bluff more collapsed with lots of rocks at shoreline. Sand gone from beach leaving exposed...
  • Photo of Cape Kiwanda, north side.
  • Photo of north edge of Cape Kiwanda, cliff collapsing.
May 7, 2016 - Linda Fink
sand has been washed off the beach uncovering lots of rocks. Dune no longer descends gently to beach... high steep cliff instead. My camera quit after the first few photos.
  • shore erosion
  • closer view of eroding cliff
  • rocky beach, ocean has washed the sand away from beach exposing lots of rocks
February 9, 2016 - Linda Fink
Lots of erosion of bank and dune from recent high tides and storms. Many photos here: http://mycoastwatch.blogspot.com/2016/02/february-9-2016-mile-262.html
  • bank erosion
  • north side of dune erosion

2015

December 25, 2015 - Linda Fink
Most dramatic was the debris (logs, etc.) blocking the access road so there were no vehicles on the beach. Next was the obvious (by foam and flattened vegetation and erosion) overtopping of waves on...
  • The north side of the Cascade Head sand dune remodeled during December 2015
  • The McPhillips Park access road was completely blocked by logs and kelp and debris
November 25, 2015 - Linda Fink
Always lots of vehicle traffic here... less today because of extremely high tide (King Tide). Vehicles routinely park on the beach beyond the signs saying no parking beyond this point but this is the...
  • vehicle tracks beyond sign saying no vehicles past this point
  • another view of illicit car tracks

2011

July 7, 2011 - [email protected]
The arch at the tip of Cape Kiwanda (northern face) is now gone. Apparently it crumbled in February, as one person told me on Facebook.
  • Taken last year, perhaps aug. 2010