Mile 305 Report

July 4, 2008
by skyhar8000

Location:
Tillamook
Oswald West SP, Cape Falcon N
Conditions:
Friday 6:00 AM
Rain
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Humans / Pets:
People:
10
Activities:
10 hiking
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
3
Activity Comments:
10 people on mile, is a record!!3 cars at end of Elk Flats Road - transportation for the hikers I encountered.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Total:
1
Probably seal pup -- only skull and spine were left.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae
... less than usual
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural re-arrangement of cove floors by ocean.
Natural Changes:
minor boulder falls
Comments:
On Friday, July 4, I arrived at the end of Elk Flats Road and made an uneventful descent to sea level via the usual western route. Someone had picked through my litterbags and had taken a few items. I re-secured the bags and set off to the south. Wave action was almost nil, making it easy to slip around the various headlands, which was very nice.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 what was there. At that point, it appears that the coves end and that there is a true headland -- I could see and hear breaking waves on the other side, and the grooves in the rock underfoot became long and deep.This is a hazardous area for several reasons. One, it is totally covered with broad-fronded kelp, making footing treacherous. Two, it is striped with long grooves of varying depths, all filled with water. Three, except for the horizon, there are no straight lines, and all of the surrounding area begins to look the same. It would be easy to fall into a groove and find yourself unable to get back out. These aren't ultra-deep, but between the extremely soft sand in the grooves and the seaweed-covered rocks, climbing vertically is just about impossible, even for a few feet. I was extremely slow and careful in my movements.On my way back, I actually lost my way and had to fight a bit of a panic attack. But I did keep a careful eye on my watch and the waves, and I had enough time to find the proper return route and the least dangerous path back through the caves and caverns. I changed back into my shoes and got out of there just minutes before the tide turned.To my complete surprise, upon reaching Cove 4, I ran into 10 people from Seattle and Portland, hiking as a single group. Some of them had plastic trash bags and were wearing yellow rubber gloves. I told them there was no more trash south of our meeting point and showed them the stuff I'd stashed above the tide line from my previous visit. They hiked to some of the southern coves without me, then turned around and brought some sacks of my litter with them when they returned. I waited for them at Cove 1 right at the hoisting point for trash, and we stuffed the bags next to boulders and placed heavy rocks on them.There are still several objects that need to be retrieved from Cove 4. These include one large bag of trash, a small crab pot frame, and a five-gallon red plastic bucket with a lid. I also remember some ropes that have washed in, as well as a few buoys attached to them and with luck, I will be able to retrieve everything that remains on July 6 and get it over to the lift-out point.This was a great trip, despite the rain. Getting to the extreme southern points was fun, and having the people help carry bag of trash was even better. I really think I can finish the retrieval on my next trip, and that everything can be hoisted before autumn arrives.
Summary:
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 what was there. At that point, it appears that the coves end and that there is a true headland -- I could see and hear breaking waves on the other side, and the grooves in the rock underfoot became long and deep.To my complete surprise, upon reaching Cove 4, I ran into 10 people from Seattle and Portland, hiking as a single group. Some of them had plastic trash bags and were wearing yellow rubber gloves. I told them there was no more trash south of our meeting point and showed them the stuff I'd stashed above the tide line from my previous visit. They hiked to some of the southern coves without me, then turned around and brought some sacks of my litter with them when they returned. I waited for them at Cove 1 right at the hoisting point for trash, and we stuffed the bags next to boulders and placed heavy rocks on them.This was a great trip, despite the rain. Getting to the extreme southern points was fun, and having the people help carry bag of trash was even better. I really think I can finish the retrieval on my next trip, and that everything can be hoisted before autumn arrives.
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2017

July 21, 2017 - Frankie
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2015

July 6, 2015 - skyhar8000
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2014

May 16, 2014 - skyhar8000
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2013

May 26, 2013 - skyhar8000
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February 8, 2013 - skyhar8000
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2012

July 2, 2012 - skyhar8000
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...
May 7, 2012 - skyhar8000
Great hike to very end of possible area to walk in due to extremely low tide. One seal skeleton with no way to identify cause of death. One big (BIG!) boat or ship bumper that I will report to the...
April 7, 2012 - skyhar8000
Four of us arrived 0600 hours and left about 0900 hours. We spent three pleasant hours @ Mile 305 and left in good shape. Only two pieces of trash with Japanese characters were observed, and these...

2011

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
Walked the mile from one end to the other -- bit risky because tide not out all that far. Was amazed to see very little human trash. I had stashed a large quantity of cork floats, and I carried...
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
Able to access only the first four coves because tide was not ultra-low. Ocean has carved several cove floors into hills and valleys running east- west, so that hiking north-south requires some...

2010

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...

2009

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...

2008

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...
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...

2007

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...
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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.