Mile 262 Report

October 3, 2018
by Linda Fink

Cape Kiwanda State Park
Wednesday 11:30 AM
59° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
One vehicle stuck in sand; owners said since 7 a.m. previous day. Said someone else was calling to get them pulled out; that vehicle had not arrived by the time I left. The COASST beached bird surveyor arrived at access point as I was leaving and I told him about the stranded vehicle. He knew who always comes to pull people out and said that guy would show up. I hoped if that guy did not show up, the COASST surveyor would know who to call.
Notable Wildlife:
Heerman's Gulls
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
lots of purple snails, some alive, some dead
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Erosion of vegetated foredune·Evidence of wave overtopping
the ocean has filled in the area at the base of Cape Kiwanda, north side, with sand and rocks where it used to be deep water

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 have been driving on beach in allowable areas. Sand and rocks have filled in between Cape Kiwanda and offshore rocks where there used to be ocean water. Beach pretty clean of human trash. Wrack lines with lots of purple snail shells, seaweed, crab shells. A few Heerman's Gulls with other usual gulls at water's edge. Only excitement was opening the locked door of a stranded vehicle that the people had locked themselves into by mistake, only openable from outside. They were able to stick a hand out the small opening in window to wave at me. The keys were in the outside of the door. Someone had called to get a tow truck to get them out. The vehicle had been stuck in sand at the foot of the dune for a day and a half but they had been at their campsite across the road, apparently, and came back when they remembered they might have left their keys in the door. I have no idea why they went inside with the keys still dangling from the keyhole outside.

  • snail shells in wrack line
    Purple snail shells (id?) in wrack line
    October 3, 2018
  • shell with barnacles
    just a pretty shell with barnacles
    October 3, 2018
  • looking south from north end of mile
    Mile 262 showing vehicle tracks with Cape Kiwanda and Chief Kiawanda Rock in distance
    October 3, 2018
  • sand filling in formerly deep water
    sand filling formerly deep water next to cape
    October 3, 2018
  • sand and rocks filling in
    sand and rocks filling in between beach and offshore rocks
    October 3, 2018
  • cliff erosion
    most of the cliff looks like this now. The ocean is taking back the land
    October 3, 2018
Other Mile 262 Reports (28)


October 18, 2021 - Linda Fink
strange bright liquid oozing out of bluff bank (photo attached), trail down bluff well used and causing erosion (photo attached)3 of the 16 people hunting for nurdles, toxic plastic pellets, as part...
  • beach cliff exudate
  • eroded illegal trail
  • Cape Kiwanda State Park
July 29, 2021 - Linda Fink
lovely morning on the beach with people enjoying themselves. Very low tide allowing access to normally water-surrounded cliff-side rocks. More cars and people were arriving for the afternoon when I...
  • Cape Kiwanda north side
  • Black Oystercatcher
April 5, 2021 - Linda Fink
very low tide so much broader beach than usual.
  • Cape Kiwanda park looking north
  • Black Oystercatcher
March 17, 2021 - Linda Fink
Beautiful sunny day with few people enjoying the weather and the beach. Most significant change was the natural sinking of the north side of the big dune creating access to vehicles (judging by the...
  • north side of dune
  • vegetated dune erosion
  • illegal path


October 7, 2020 - Linda Fink
A foggy day with few people. Vehicle tracks on beach show that vehicles had been there the day before, where they are no longer allowed. One pickup was on the beach today. McPhillips Park access is...
  • foggy day at Cape Kiwanda State park
  • low tide and fog Cape Kiwanda State park
  • kelp at low tide
July 21, 2020 - Linda Fink
The north bluff face of Cape Kiwanda is a sheer cliff now, much eroded from my last trip. There was evidence of many campfires in front of the vegetated dune all the way along my mile. Some,...
  • eroded cliff
  • dune erosion
March 18, 2020 - Linda Fink
beautiful day with people keeping the prescribed distance apart on this Covid-19 sequester day. The vegetated cliff is now a sheer cut off with many small streams running out onto the beach. Two...
  • eroded path
  • streamlets
  • cliff
  • eroded cliff
  • north side of Cape Kiwanda
  • Black Oystercatchers


October 24, 2019 - Linda Fink
Nice day with few people, no major problems
  • water seepage through iron oxide in cliff
  • cliff slide
  • north Cape Kiwanda
  • Cape Kiwanda State Park
July 22, 2019 - Linda Fink
Most everyone enjoying the beach in a responsible manner. All cars but one in allowed area. Always seems to be one group that thinks the rules are not for them.
  • north side of dune
  • tracks up dune
  • beach goers
June 11, 2019 - Linda Fink
very wide beach at low tide with people widely separated enjoying themselves in various ways
  • enjoying the beach
  • vehicle in not allowed area
  • hang gliders
  • dune, north side
  • sign showing legal vehicle area
  • low tide
  • kite
February 13, 2019 - Linda Fink
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...
  • Peregrine
  • jellyfish
  • beach looking north
  • erosion
  • track vehicle
  • tracks up dune
  • Cape Kiwanda north


July 13, 2018 - Linda Fink
Most people were on the south side of the dune, not in my mile. Two hang gliders and 3 vehicles with helpers/onlookers with them on north side. A few people walking the beach, two with dogs. A couple...
  • 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...


December 4, 2017 - Volunteer Trainer
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.


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[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:
  • bank erosion
  • north side of dune erosion


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


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