Mile 262 Report

October 16, 2017
by Linda Fink

Location:
Tillamook
Cape Kiwanda State Park
Conditions:
Monday 11:30 AM
55° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
7.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
2
playing with dog
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
2
Activity Comments:
many vehicle tracks on beach from weekend activities, many in formerly vehicle prohibited areas, including up the dune. Signs gone now.
Notable Wildlife:
4 Black Oystercatchers, 1 Peregrine Falcon
Dead Birds:
Total:
10
Species/names:
left wing 894 (purple/black/green) on Western Grebe, several more Western Grebes, a Scoter sp., Cassin's Auklet, unid tubenose
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
The dune on this north side continues to be cut back by wave action.
Comments:
Summary:

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, presumably because the dune (north side) where the signs had been has been cut back farther than ever before. Car tracks clear to the end of the beach at the base of the Cape Kiwanda cliff and even some partway up the dune.

  • Cape Kiwanda State Park (north side of the cape)
    slightly south of McPhillips Park access
    October 16, 2017
  • Tracks up dune.
    October 16, 2017
  • Tire tracks from the previous weekend.
    Near base of dune, north side
    October 16, 2017
  • Mile 262 from base of Cape Kiwanda, north side, looking south toward Cape Lookout.
    October 16, 2017
Other Mile 262 Reports (15)

2018

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
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