Mile 299 Report

January 24, 2021
by cpendergrass

South end Manzanita Beach
Sunday 2:00 PM
40° F
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Evidence of wave overtopping

Not much population pressure on the beach...only 38 people and 9 dogs. Major storms and king tides have wrought big changes in the dunes. Many instances of waves topping the dunes have left driftwood in unusual places. The dunes themselves have been cut back severely...the most I've seen in the past 7 years I've been doing this survey for CoastWatch. They are currently unscalable in many areas. In places, the water was able to get behind the foredune area and swept the foredune away leaving only a few tussocks of dune grass strewn about. Very dramatic! 

  • Violent seas have caused massive erosion of the dunes...the most in years.
    Access trail 17
    January 24, 2021
  • The 8' tall cut bank on the dunes provides a billboard sized space for graffiti.
    Access point 15
    January 24, 2021
  • Beach visitors have constructed a talisman of driftwood and shells.
    Access point 2
    January 24, 2021
Other Mile 299 Reports (44)


September 26, 2022 - cpendergrass
33 people and 10 dogs were enjoying the beach on this early fall day in Manzanita. Tourist activity included the giving in to the urge to carry bull person leading with the skinny end that...
August 14, 2022 - cpendergrass
After many months without any dead birds on Manzanita's beach, 13 dead birds were found. Common murres were the most plentiful with 10 casualties followed by 2 northern fulmars and 1 herring gull....
April 25, 2022 - cpendergrass
The weather was divine on this spring day with 60 degrees, calm winds and abundant sunshine. Only 5 dogs and 28 people noted...2 sitting and 26 walking including 1 boy walking his bike at water's...
January 24, 2022 - cpendergrass
33 people and 4 dogs noted on a calm day in mid-January. A brutal king tide of 9.45 hit the north coast on January 3, augmented by 70+ mph winds. Bluffs up to 10'-12' tall were cut into the dunes. ...
  • The beach is for every body!
  • wave erosion from the January 3 king tide
  • beach art


May 19, 2021 - cpendergrass
Surprisingly few people on the beach given that Memorial Day weekend is almost here. Intrepid boogie boarders were braving the ocean's cold temperatures as a lone sand fortress stood guard. Soft...


September 7, 2020 - cpendergrass
15 people and 5 dogs noted on a quiet foggy day at the beach. 1 man was surf fishing at the activity that is quite unusual to see on Manzanita's beach.  
July 8, 2020 - cpendergrass
Summer was in full swing on Manzanita's beach with 82 people noted along with 13 dogs. Folks were kiteboarding in the moderate north wind, playing volleyball, building sand castles and dozing. Very...
April 10, 2020 - cpendergrass
There were only 24 people walking, 1 bicyclist and 6 dogs on the beach. This is notably far fewer than usual due to covid-19 bans on lodging/accomodations and restrictions on oceanside parking (now...
January 1, 2020 - cpendergrass
A rare calm day after the heavy storms, blustery winds and high seas of late December. A sneaker wave alert caused the cancellation of the annual New Years Manzanita Polar Plunge where the intrepid...


October 13, 2019 - cpendergrass
The season is definitely winding down with only 33 people and 11 dogs. 8 beached birds including a barred owl and 3 rhinoceros auklets. There were many large translucent moon jellies at the tide line...
July 16, 2019 - cpendergrass
Summer was in full swing on Manzanita's beach. 179 people and 17 dogs were counted amongst the sand castles and hammocks. Families frolicked in the cool Pacific waters.The driftline content, also...
April 18, 2019 - cpendergrass
A quiet day on Manzanita's beach with more driftwood than usual. Winter storms have carved the dunes back such that the berm created as the dunes meet the slope of the beach is steeper than in the...
January 16, 2019 - cpendergrass
16 people and 3 dogs noted. Recent stormy weather has brought in large driftwood as well as an egg case from a Big Skate (Raja binoculata). An egg case, sometimes known as a mermaid’s purse, is the...


October 4, 2018 - cpendergrass
The summer crush of tourists has passed...only 6 strolling people and 3 dogs were noted in addition to 4 dead common murres and 1 dead cormorant. More brown macroalgae (seaweed) had washed in than...
July 5, 2018 - cpendergrass
Crowded on the beach on the day after the 4th of July...255 people and 16 dogs. Golfing and a softball game in addition to the more usual digging of holes, building sand castles and cycling. Mild...
May 14, 2018 - cpendergrass
Significant influx of decaying Velella velella at the drift line. 42 people including 2 bicyclists; 13 walking/running; 15 playing in surf; 8 playing in sand; 4 sitting plus 3 dogs. 
May 14, 2018 - cpendergrass
Activities of note on the beach ranged from building sand castles to riding bikes. A significant influx of dead Velella (invertebrates in the same family Cnidaria as jellies) have arrived from the...
January 14, 2018 - cpendergrass
Martin Luther King holiday weekend...mild weather. Breezy enough for kite flying. 14 people, 1 dog, 1 dead Northern Fulmar, 1 dead seal, algae at the driftline.


November 13, 2017 - cpendergrass
Blustery weather today contributed to low numbers of people and dogs...just 7 people and 3 dogs. Only kelp and algae were noticed in the driftline. Blowing sand obscured anything that might have been...
August 10, 2017 - cpendergrass
Summertime rain, lots of people, lots of dead common murres, lots of people inquiring about the large number of dead birds. I explained that it is part of the murre life cycle for many...
April 6, 2017 - cpendergrass
28 is an unusually high number of people to encounter on the beach midweek in April and was likely due to spring break. A tall driftwood structure and a young couple playing with an enormous soccer...
January 16, 2017 - cpendergrass
27 people and 7 dogs noted on calm day before Manzanita experienced 60 mph winds and 7" rain over the following 2 days. Pix attached of a dead short-tailed shearwater...a species of the open sea that...
  • short-tailed shearwater
  • short-tailed shearwater bill detail


October 22, 2016 - cpendergrass
Good weather: tourists are returning following the 10-14-16 tornado: 72 people, 10 dogs, 0 carsRemains of dead sea lionRoof and window repairs to homes damaged by 10-14-16 tornado 
July 9, 2016 - cpendergrass
Typical shallow beach profile of summer, very strong south wind, blowing sand, spitting rain. One kitesurfer had left his rig unattended on the beach where it was becoming inundated with blowing sand.


December 25, 2015 - Wink299
Merry Christmas everyone. What a lovely day to walk this beautiful beach. The dune erosion was significant enough that we didn't recognize that part of the beach. The stream near access 14 was almost...
  • This shows the King Tide.
  • Sand dune erosion due to recent high tides and storms.
  • Ocean view from access #14
  • Stream to beach clogged with logs and debris by recent storm activity.
August 1, 2015 - Wink299
A beautiful day at the beach! Lots of people enjoying mother nature and doing a variety of activities. Saw no concerns.Conspicuous absence of drift wood. Many old beach fires observed, probably 4th...
  • These six blocks found on the beach seam to be building foundation blocks. Each are 2' x 2' x 2' in size. They were not observed during our February trip.
  • This is a close up of on of six concrete blocks found on the beach.
  • Dune modification to improve home owners views with dune grass replanting.
February 22, 2015 - Wink299
It is a beautiful sunny February day. We encountered 88 people and 28 dogs. One human was in a beach wheelchair and one dog had a wheeled cart to support his back legs. There were no vehicles on...
  • View north of Neahkahnie Mt


May 19, 2011 - hallee
Only six people were on the beach. The small plastic pieces found at high tide line had been in the water for a long time. There was lots of dried beach grass from the newly grassed area around...
  • looking south on mile 299, photo shows the leveling of the foredunee of last year's bulldozed dunes in front of houses
  • looking north. NeahKahNie Mountain in distance
  • California Gray Squirrel (Grey Digger?) found at water line at start line area of State Park
May 8, 2011 - hallee
About 23 people and six or more dogs were enjoying a sunny spell on mile 299. The beach is mostly clear of driftwood and there was very little litter.


October 8, 2010 - hallee
A quiet day on mile 299. Recent winds had scoured beach so not much debris of any kind. The recent invasion of "salps" wasn't very obvious now. Most had washed away. photos to follow
June 24, 2010 - hallee
A windy evening with mostly clear sky but big fog bank out over the ocean blocking the sunset. A loose fitting lenticular cloud system over NeahKahNie Mountain with clouds trailing out of the...
  • bulldozer flattening dunes between Beach Access 7 and 9
  • Beach grass planted where dunes have been bulldozed.
  • fog bank over ocean.... Manzanita Beach
February 21, 2010 - hallee
This was one of those "jewel" winter days at the coast in Oregon. People were basking in the sun. Sitting in beach chairs or on the sand or on logs. Walking along.....playing with dogs and...


November 24, 2009 - hallee
Beautiful, calm, warm day. Few people around. Beachcombing interesting because of recent storms. * There were at least ten recently beached big driftwood logs. One a well worn cedar. Also...
September 14, 2009 - hallee
Now that it is mid-September there aren't many people around. This was a warm but foggy sunset walk. A hole in the clouds/fog overhead opened up and it was very pleasant and beautiful. A...
  • Manzanita Beach looking toward NeaKahNie Mountain and Cape Falcon
  • Looking from top of NeahKahNie Mountain you can see where the dune modification has seemed to work to flatten the dunes in front of the houses along mile 299.
June 10, 2009 - hallee
There was a big fogbank out over the ocean which blocked out the sun in this hour before sunset. Six people (4 adults and 2 children) and one dog were on mile 299. Earlier beach goers had...


August 23, 2008 - JCampf
Heavy human use (89) on a sunny Saturday morning. Walking, sitting, photography, horseback riding, frisbee, soccer.
July 13, 2008 - hallee
This was a beautiful Sunday morning in Manzanita. There was a big fog bank out at sea and it looked like there might be fog from Barview south and from Cape Falcon north. Considering that...
  • Heermann's Gulls on Manzanita Beach.
  • Running north towards  Neahkahnie Mountain, a runner passes a sand castle.
March 20, 2008 - hallee
Still lots of driftwood from winter storms. Not much litter. The surf was pounding. Someone had drawn outlines of two big kitties in the sand. Perhaps Easter Kitties?
  • view north to Neahkahnie Mountain from mile 299
February 6, 2008 - hallee
This was a calm morning after another storm, lots of fresh driftwood on beach. A big black Plastic float, usual water bottles, pieces of rope and plastic (but not too much). Only people were a...
  • looking toward NeahKahNie Mountain from mile 299
  • There were at least 15 pieces of lumber like his along the mile.  Off of a ship?
  • This handicap beach access ramp  has been in planning stages for a few years.  It is at the end of Laneda Avenue (Mile 300).  It is still under construction and has already been storm  tested.


August 11, 2007 - hallee
This was the annual Manzanita Beach 5K and 10K run/walk. Over 100 people participated in both runs and there were a total of 200 people present, as either volunteers or family or friends, as well as...
June 20, 2007 - JCampf
Gulls (100 in varying groups).Moderate human use: 60 adults, 6 kids.
June 12, 2007 - hallee
Area's population is growing. Lots of "ocean-close" houses are owned by weekenders. Locals are busy with issues such as affordable housing and working and school. Houses are being super-sized and...
  • looking south from NeahKahNie Overlook on Hwy 101
  • pieces of "drift-rope"  beachcombed on Manzanita Beach after storms Feb-April 2007
April 27, 2007 - JCampf
Light human use: 9 adults, 3 children. 11 walking, 1 kite flying.
February 24, 2007 - hallee
We've had 5 beached sea lions on Manzanita Beach since Oct. Those are all we happen to know about. People who came upon the beached sea lion over the days it was there read the signs and treated it...