Mile 34 Report

July 26, 2018
by lordfamily

Wakeman Beach, Geisel Monument Wayside
Thursday 7:00 AM
Party cloudy
55° F
Tide Level:
-0.2 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Deer in the forest and their tracks on the beach. River otter tracks. Cormorants and oyster catchers. Seals.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
New Development:
New viewing platform with railing on private land on a small promontory about half-mile south of the Geisel Monument private beach access.
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls·Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff

One particularly dramatic slump, unique for its length and the sheering off of a considerable land mass.


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 was the only sign of humans using the area on our whole walk). New stairway to the beach here. This access is private and not open to the public.  No other human prints on the sand all the way to Hubbard. Some river otter tracks, some cormorants & oyster catchers, 2 seals in the cove below Hubbard. Masses of snails, lots of different anemones, lots of small China hat (conical) snails in Hubbard cove (we used to see these years ago all along these beaches, then stopped seeing them, so this was exciting). Good number of starfish, both purple and orange.

  • bluff slump
    bluff slump
    about a 1/2 - 1 mile S of Giesel monument beach access
  • Land mass slump
    Land mass slump
    About a mile north of Hubbard Mound
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.
July 20, 2020 - [email protected]
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March 4, 2020 - tayloreandc
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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 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