Mile 305 Report

July 2, 2012
by skyhar8000

Oswald West SP, Cape Falcon N
Monday 6:00 AM
50° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
-1.6 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Playing in sand:
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:
There are new PRIVATE PROPERTY and NO TRESPASSING signs on the branch of Elk Flats Road that leads to my parking area. I do not know whether the road is truly private, and I have contacted both homeowners in the past, and they appreciate what I am doing. I'm not sure if this is a shift in policy or perhaps a try at discouraging strangers. If I lose my access point, it would be a very tough hike all the way around the first point just to get into the first cove. I will keep this in mind and cultivate the best relationship I can with the folks who own the nearby property.
Notable Wildlife:
More birds than usual, all alive and either flying or feeding.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
More dead starfish than usual.
Kelp or Algae·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
Again, much more than typical for this time of year.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
Uneventful hike. No tsunami debris -- if it was, I couldn't tell. A lot more general stuff for this time of year than is usually seen. More plastic floats tossed high onto the rocks than I have ever seen. The access is progressively more hazardous, and I fling these back into the sea, and they come ashore elsewhere. There is no way to get them out safely on the trail up the hill. The rock and gravel in the coves is constantly on the move, but it's always hard to say whether it has been in the state I see it (when I see it) for a long time, or whether the formations are from the previous higher sets of tides! But all in all, a good outing -- any outing where you come back covered only in sweat and dirt, and not blood or bruises, is a good outing on Mile 305.
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May 16, 2014 - skyhar8000
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May 26, 2013 - skyhar8000
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February 8, 2013 - skyhar8000
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May 7, 2012 - skyhar8000
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April 7, 2012 - skyhar8000
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September 3, 2011 - skyhar8000
This was an interesting trip. Knowing that tides would prevent me from accessing any but just the first cove, I went there to retrieve my floats. Big surprise! Floats all gone!! Someone will make...
August 1, 2011 - skyhar8000
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June 17, 2011 - skyhar8000
Significant amount of finely-chopped kelp and sea vegetation, as though someone ran it through some gigantic Salad Shooter! Very little trash -- the ocean has made a fairly clean sweep. More than...
March 23, 2011 - skyhar8000
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June 12, 2010 - skyhar8000
Found two seal pup corpses. One was headless and being eaten by five (yes, 5!) bald eagles. The other was intact and perhaps 1/4 mile away. No cause of death immediately apparent. No adult or...
May 15, 2010 - skyhar8000
Threw 250-foot line down cliff to sea level. Had 1 person stay at top while I went down and got as many floats and as much debris as I could carry, and brought it to the rope. Hiked it up the hill...
May 1, 2010 - skyhar8000
Went down to my mile with a reporter from the Tillamook Headlight-Herald. Lots of washed in marine stuff. Plastic and other kinds of floats galore. Unfortunately, unable to locate my bags from...


October 28, 2009 - skyhar8000
Roped down into "Cove 1" for litter control. The cliff trail 100 feet above sea level sustained a fall of scree, or loose rock, and roping garbage up from that point appear impossible now. I went...
June 20, 2009 - skyhar8000
Hiked the entire mile and picked up perhaps one or two bags of loose litter. Brought ALL of the stuff from my far cove to my near cove, where it needs to be hoisted and gotten out of there prior to...
April 27, 2009 - skyhar8000
Spent 2.5 hours doing litter pickup. Litter now in Coves 1 and 4 in sturdy bags above the high tide lines and ready for pickup. Will need to wait for another low tide to do this. Probably eight...


December 11, 2008 - skyhar8000
Entered area 3:30pm as volunteer to look for the human and/or boat remains generated by the death of the NETWORK, a crabber that broke up out in Tillamook Bay. Very little trash washed in since my...
August 30, 2008 - skyhar8000
A team of three, including myself, went to Black Sand Beach and removed the litter that I picked up over the course of the spring and summer. As before, litter was roped up the cliffs and hiked to...
August 9, 2008 - skyhar8000
Dropped by the area but did not descend down to sea level, as tide was not low enough. Was there to look down and be sure litter gathered from my previous trips was still bagged and secured where I...
July 6, 2008 - skyhar8000
I descended via the usual route. Someone has added a quality rope to it. I thought that it belonged to the folks from Seattle/Portland and that it would be gone when I returned, but it is still there...
July 4, 2008 - skyhar8000
I managed to hike through all 10 coves due to extremely low tides. At the end of Cove 10, I changed into diving booties and waded through waist-deep tidal pools in order to round the corner to see...
May 6, 2008 - skyhar8000
I was able to walk as far south as I have ever been. There were no seals, but plenty of body drag marks, so I assume that some of the far coves are regular hangouts for them.I met 3 men in Cove 1 who...


August 11, 2007 - skyhar8000
Tide-wise, it continues to be the case that one should not attempt to slip around the south end of Cove 1 without a tide of at least a -1.0. I arrived at the area about 5am and had to wait for...
July 28, 2007 - skyhar8000
Wow! A normal, ordinary visit to my mile. Such a deal!I hiked out the white plastic drum I dug from the rocks and wood in Cove 4 a few visits back. It is lighter than the white drum that we took out...
July 15, 2007 - skyhar8000
Saw several minor slides - had a good-sized rock fall between us - Allister had my hard hat on - I had nothing on my head - lucky me! This area REALLY is "HARDHAT-NEEDY"!Found and photographed tall...
June 30, 2007 - skyhar8000
Lots of dead starfish and mussels, more than usual. The water is a murky color, observed from both far and near.Found 300 feet of crab pot rope plus one attached buoy left by the sea wrapped around...
June 17, 2007 - skyhar8000
On 6-16-07, I descended at the usual access point and proceeded for a half mile south to retrieve 16 bags of trash. While in the area, I saw a man and woman taking photos, and I was met by Vivi...
  • Phil Blanton, Steve Bauer, Vivi Tallman, Jaxon Clanton (in rear), and Bill O'Brien.
June 3, 2007 - skyhar8000
This sheet supplements my report about my visits to Mile 305 on June 1, 2, and 3, 2007. On those dates, I arrived topside about 7:00 AM each morning, descended by my usual route near the boulder...
May 19, 2007 - skyhar8000
On the above date, I drove past the end of Elk Flat Road and parked beyond the wooden swinging gate, at the turnaround circle at the very end of the vehicle-accessible roadway. The weather was dry,...
April 20, 2007 - skyhar8000
Beyond the turnaround, a trail leads south past the Oswald West State Park boundary line which is indicated by two signs, one fastened to a tree, the other on a metal ground stake. A short distance...
January 27, 2007 - Vivi Tallman
Black sand beach was splendid in the sunshine! One metal 50 gallon drum. No human impact. All as should be, best as I can see.