Mile 282 Report

September 12, 2009
by nicgartland

Lost Boy Cave, Short Beach
70° F
Tide Level:
2.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
There was lots of litter back near the bluff wall (I carried out what I could) along with rigged drift wood structures. Also people were climbing over rocks to access areas that were closed off due to the high tides
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
There were fishermen this time, but they all stayed off the offshore rocks, which isn't always the case. The tides were pretty high this trip and parts of the northern edge of the beach were blocked off because of it, but people were (at times) attempting to traverse rocking outgrowths to get to the other side. I think everyone gave up on the idea, after realizing how tricky the paths were and how high the surf was coming in, but it really wouldn't have been safe for anyone who made it over there. The tide was low at this point and it was going to fill that plain by the time it came in, leaving them trapped or worse.Also, there quite a few SHELTERS built out of driftwood. Most were obviously very temporary, but one was really strong and hidden and was completed with a tarp and a (well concealed) path built out of hand carved logs. Next to it was a well extinguished and cleaned fire area and a LOT of beer bottles. It seems likely that whoever built this has used it more than once/one night.
Notable Wildlife:
There were lots of seagulls and pipers offshore. The washed-up seaweed was a very grassy variety. The tides were too high to see any of the normal invertebrates.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks
lots of grassy style seaweed was washed up
New Development:
Natural Changes:
The weather was nice, though cloudy but the tides were pretty high throughout the day so parts of the mile were inaccessible. Visitors were friendly and the ones I saw were all being very tidy with packing up their litter, etc. Their dogs all were well behaved and kept under control.The big difference this visit was the appearance of several temporary driftwood structures. Most seemed as if they'd been used a day, but one was very sturdy and large and included a carved (but hidden) log path and tarp. There was plenty of litter around it and I can't guess how often it's been used.
  • Lots of rocks and a high tide day
    Lots of rocks and a high tide day
    near the South end of the mile
    September 12, 2009
Other Mile 282 Reports (10)


June 16, 2021 - [email protected]
Fairly crowded for a weekday. Stairway still in poor condition, handrails missing in many places. Beach clean. Portapotty now available at beach entrance. 


August 4, 2020 - EJD
I walked this mile today and just wanted to note the abundance of newborn sea stars inside Lost Boy Cave and the surrounding tide water. I have just never seen them this small before in the wild!
May 15, 2020 - [email protected]
Beach quite clean despite being popular. No porta-potty as usual; I anticipate human sanitation issues. Staircase in poor shape, and missing handrails have been draped in yellow danger tape. 


May 26, 2019 - [email protected]
Increase in human activity, new path along bottom of cliff. Need for bathroom facility. 


August 18, 2018 - [email protected]
Staircase handrails deteriorating. Driftwood bridge across creek. Gravel on beach has flattened out since last visit. More dirt coming down cliff at north end. No litter. 


July 9, 2017 - [email protected]
Increased human and dog activity at this beach, which has no bathroom facility at the trailhead or on the beach. Common Murre seen on beach at north end. 
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January 16, 2017 - [email protected]
Beautiful day. Beach very clean overall. Recent rain and snow have resulted in very full waterfalls. One small tree has slid down the hill in front of the house that has some long-standing drainage...


May 13, 2016 - [email protected]
This was our first official visit to this mile. Last winter's storms left a veritable cliff of rocks, topped by large logs, close to the bluff. We found a small amoint of litter including a plastic...
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June 28, 2009 - nicgartland
The mile was in really nice shape on this particular trip. There was a bit of sea plastic washed up on the southern edge of it, but otherwise the area was clean of litter. The tides were very low...
March 21, 2009 - nicgartland
The mile was very rocky this day. There was a small area at the far southern end that had a lot of sea plastic, small plastic pellets and styrofoam.Rock hunters were carrying out lots of bags filled...