Mile 270 Report

August 28, 2013
by yakinsea

Location:
Tillamook
Cape Lookout south face
Conditions:
Wednesday
Cloudy
70° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SE
Tide Level:
5.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
0
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
1
Fishing:
0
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Cormorants and Gulls were the dominant birds. Quite a few Murres and Pelicans. Only a couple Pigeon Guillemots.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
One gull
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
N/A
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
Comments:
No. See summary section for description.
Summary:
I am combining three mile segments North, Tip, and South since I typically paddle the whole thing and no other reports are being filed currently. It was unusually warm, overcast with a warm, light off-shore/Southerly. Everything looked good with the possible exception of the absence of Sea Lions and Seals, which I don't think I've seen lacking both before. Good bird numbers for this time of year. I saw one new slide on the North side directly above the water slide-like waterfall which marks the start of the Cape for me. I wonder if it's erosion from hikers, as it's such a beautiful spot and close to the day use area. A major concern for me was the amount of debris, mostly plastic. I've seen some Japanese items over the last year and was hoping to see little. There are only a couple of places capable of collecting this. The first is a shallow cave near the above mentioned waterfall. It is tricky to land here since the topography and orientation amplifies and redirects waves which break suddenly in a dumping surf onto a relatively steep rocky beach. It was loaded with debris, mostly plastic. Nothing major jumped out of the norm, which is to have a lot here. I was tempted to land, but since I was paddling alone and there was a cross-wave situation, I passed.The second spot is the cave in the back of Well's Cove, a deeply inset feature on the North side, a bit over half way towards the tip. If there is any large wood wedged in the back to hold things, this place collects a lot of flotsam. Otherwise large surf that enters on a high tide cleans it out. There was no wood, so it only had some floats and Styrofoam chunks that were breaking into smaller pebble-size pieces as well as a still tightly inflated ball. I loaded up my kayak with this and gave the ball to a little girl after landing back in the day use area and threw the rest into the dumpster. The floor of the cave had elevated several feet with sand transport as compared to my last several visits. I penetrated several caves, one with a small opening that led to a gymnasium size room and a couple that may actually go all the way through the cape, though there are thunderous sounds from deep within after already going in a very long way. Everything looked normal.
Other Mile 270 Reports (9)

2020

July 22, 2020 - EJD
This is a very beautiful mile of coast. I was able to walk the whole mile along the shore at low tide. There are enormous boulders all over the shore and major cracks in the cliffs. Some small sea...

2018

November 12, 2018 - yakinsea
No slides/erosion noted. Few birds though many gulls, a few cormorants, a few western and horned grebes, surf scoters, pigeon guillemots.  I saw a smattering of brown jellyfish and ochre sea stars....

2015

October 6, 2015 - yakinsea
It's been quite a while since I visited here, and it felt like visiting an old friend. After unsuccessfully trying to get other paddlers here, I ended up going solo again, which gives a much more...

2013

August 29, 2013 - yakinsea

2012

May 6, 2012 - yakinsea
Conditions:Sunny, 60 degree F, winds to 15 MPH from the N. Swell 4 ft. with some large waves against the N side of the cape. Many waterfalls spilling into the ocean from recent rains, many wispy...

2010

October 17, 2010 - yakinsea
This was a very beautiful day at a stunning spot that few see up close. The North side of Cape Lookout was rough with waves shooting white-water up 30ft in places. The South side, my mile, was so...
June 26, 2010 - yakinsea
Though my section is on the S. side, I paddled around from the N., starting at Cape Lookout State Park. The Cape looked in its normal, unspoiled condition. The bird life looked great this year, but...

2009

May 29, 2009 - yakinsea
Beautiful sunny day! This mile of coastline has unbroken basalt cliffs with bands of rock varying dramatically, including pillow tuft. Near the end of the cape, the rock is rich in voids, each...

2008

June 14, 2008 - yakinsea
All looked well - particularly with seemingly more numerous and healthier looking birds. No erosion noted. Rough conditions and more birds kept our kayaking farther off Cape Lookout.
  • View looking at the South aspect of large shallow cave at the tip of Cape Lookout.
  • Near the end of the cape in its considerable wind shadow.