Mile 302 Report

October 9, 2009
by beachmike

Location:
Tillamook
Oswald West SP, Neahkahnie Mountain, Devils Cauldron
Conditions:
Friday 2:00 PM
Sunny
56° F
Wind:
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
0.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
5
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
3
Sitting:
2
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
6
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
A few people were sitting past the fenced off area on the overlook point to Devils Cauldron.
Notable Wildlife:
With binoculars, I spotted a single gull preening atop the ocean-bound rock. Judging by the white surface of the rock, I would have expected many more seabirds, but perhaps it was just the time of day. A single cormorant was spotted diving in the water in the bowl of the cauldron. Two groups of pelicans flew by, heading north.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
New Development:
Modifications:
none
Natural Changes:
looks like a landslide may be in the forming stage in the sand above the cauldron rock. I can spot a faultline within the beachgrass, but I don't know how long it's been there.
Comments:
Summary:
Except for the folks who visit the cauldron by car via the parking lot on 101, the trail between this point and Short Sands appears to be lightly used. I spotted four hikers total on my trip down and back. I would have expected to see a lot more in the way of seabirds or sea lions, but the whole mile was pretty well devoid of wildlife. I spotted two garter snakes on the trail and one rather curious mole, who simply sat in the middle of the trail as the hikers all tip-toed past him. Sick perhaps?
  • From the observation point on the trail
    October 9, 2009
  • From the trailhead
    October 9, 2009
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August 15, 2012 - Lisa Marie
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