Mile 34 Report

July 20, 2020
by [email protected]

Wakeman Beach, Geisel Monument Wayside
Monday 8:00 PM
65° F
Tide Level:
-1.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Just me, my wife and daughter. Very, very few people visit this bit of beach. One has to go through private property from all sides to be here.
Climbing bluffs/seastacks·People/dogs in closure areas
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Cormorant or pigeon guillemot
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces
New Development:
We don’t see any development here. The adjacent land is largely under a Nature Conservancy conservation easement as is soon to be the north end of the Beach. There is one 300’ wide strip of privately held land where the home is seldom occupied. That home was pulled to safety from the bluff’s edge a few years ago to save it from bluff erosion.
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff
Tremendous sand accumulation this year. Allowed us to access areas we’ve rarely been able to see, while covering up much of our usual rock foraging area At the rock walls which are the north side of Wakeman Beach (the south end of this Coast Watch effort). The usual tidepooling was also curtailed somewhat by sand coverage, but the drama of being so far from the bluff on solid sand was interesting.

We spent a good number of hours watching birds (cormorants, pigeon guillemots, adult and juvenile bald eagles, great blue heron, osprey carrying fish,  pelicans moving north, oystercatchers).

There is a large colony of river otters along these rocky little beaches, especially numerous coming out of a small creek which flows out of the Nature Conservancy property. We see many of their tracks of all sizes but this visit did not see the animals as we have in other visits. I am glad the beaches are seldom used so that these otters are left alone.

Very impressive numbers of new mussel beds, tegula snails by the million, small starfish, dog periwinkles. The snails in particular had been waning poulations for some years in my own experience, as one who has looked them for my entire life. The olive shells are not back, nor the gooseneck barnacles.

Powdery Dudleya is having a great comeback as well. I saw it in big clumps and in many places.

There has been a great deal of large rockfall as well as soft bluff slumping. What was once 3 separate little beaches is quickly becoming one.



  • This creek meanders through Nature Conservancy land so is well protected. The numbers seem to be stable or increasing over the years. We see them in the ocean, on the beach playing, eating etc.
    North end of Mile 34.
    July 20, 2020
  • This was, 20 years ago, a solid wall which required scrambling to pass. This is brittle fracturing rock, unlike the solid conglomerate which makes up the lasting promontories nearby.
    July 20, 2020
  • We watch this tree carefully, as we know it will go over the soft edge soon. It was once on the front lawn of the house which was pulled back a few years ago.
    North end of Mile 34
    July 20, 2020
Other Mile 34 Reports (13)


October 3, 2020 - tayloreandc
Foggy morning hike of mile 34. I saw evidence of someone using a chainsaw on downed trees along the shoreline. I've attached photos.
March 4, 2020 - tayloreandc
Was too rocky for me to walk very far south starting at roughly the halfway point, sand moves out in October and November. Walked north to promontory where sand build up was evident. Most debris,...


June 4, 2019 - tayloreandc
Beautiful sunny morning on Wakeman Beach, with just a slight breeze.  I was unable to access the southern half of the beach because of rocks. (see attached photograph.)  
January 27, 2019 - tayloreandc
The most notable change has been the movement of sand from the northern half of the beach which occurs each winter.  Although it restores each summer and early autumn it has lessened over the past 20...


July 26, 2018 - lordfamily
Path through old forest south of Winston property is being maintained; recent bramble clipping evident. Some human footprints in the sand around the bottom of the Geisel Monument beach access (that...
  • bluff slump
  • Land mass slump


July 1, 2012 - edbear
Some trash. I have found about 4 plastic bottles that are definitely from Japan. The rest are local. And, quite a lot of styrofoam. I thought some of the big pieces were not from Japan, and...


May 13, 2010 - edbear
PERIOD COVERED 01/1010 - 05/13/10TRASH: Very little trash up until April/May 2010. Very little driftwood this year as opposed to last year (2009). In April, I began to see a lot of the rubber...


June 14, 2009 - edbear
Very little man made debris compared to thelast few years. Also, very little people traffic.BUT, the main pollutant are the rubber tire stripsreported above as fishing debris. In one week(week of...


July 4, 2008 - edbear
1. Dead Seals:4 baby dead seals found on beach from early April to Mid-May. Two were badly mutilated, certainly before they washed up on the shore. One seal had no noticeable injuries, but was...


July 21, 2007 - edbear
Nothing very unusual except for the large number of dead baby seals this spring. We had a lot of rough surf around the time of birthing. I am sure that had something to do with it.Also, large...
March 31, 2007 - edbear
See Comments. However, mostly normal.Very few people seen from Jan-Mar.


October 30, 2006 - edbear
Dead seal (white). About 75 kG. Washed in and out with tides and weather. No visible injuries. Slow disintegration due to colder weather and no vultures (they migrate South around September). Finally...
January 7, 2006 - edbear
100kg dead seal, finally disintegrated after about 4 weeks, helped by turkey vultures