Mile 270 Report

November 12, 2018
by yakinsea

Location:
Tillamook
Cape Lookout south face
Conditions:
Monday 12:30 PM
60° F
Wind:
Moderate 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
0
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
0
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
A half dozen hikers spotted on the top trail.
Notable Wildlife:
Two grey whales. One came over to me as I paddled against the cliff. It surfaced 20 ft. ahead of me moving directly towards me, dove under, and then resurfaced 30 ft. behind me. It then kept moving along the cliff towards the cape's tip swimming very close to the cliff. Also, I saw 6 seals, 4 sea lions one that was out of the water looking very lean perhaps too lean. Bird numbers seemed down probably due to the season. Still lots of herring gulls, a couple pigeon guillemots in winter plumage, 3 western grebes, 4 horned grebes, 8 cormorants, 8 surf scoters, no murres, no pelicans. 5 small diving birds perhaps murreletes. The bird-rich nesting sites along the southwest portion of the cape was completely deserted perhaps aided by the strong easterly winds of the last few days. I saw large brown,jellyfish every few minutes and a few ochre sea stars. There were gooseneck barnacles lining the sea cave walls and a steady wall of small mussels along the lower cliffs near the waterline.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
0
Driftline:
No beach on this section.
New Development:
0
Modifications:
0
Natural Changes:
No new slides noted.
Comments:
Summary:

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. Lots of small mussels along the cliffs and gooseneck barnacles lining the sea cave walls.

Other Mile 270 Reports (8)

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
August 28, 2013 - yakinsea
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...

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.