Mile 54 Report

April 21, 2011
by malachite

Location:
Curry
South of Cape Blanco, access road to Elk River
Conditions:
Thursday 9:00 AM
Sunny
44° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
-1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
12
Dogs:
5
Activities:
Walking / Running:
8
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
2
Sitting:
1
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
fishing boats offshore
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
2
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
ORVs are allowed on this beach. I saw no tracks on the beach this morning, but noted 3-4 sets of tracks when I stood on a beach bluff & looked down on the beach on beach of miles 54 & 55 around 5pm today.
Notable Wildlife:
Saw my first swallows of 2011, probably cliff swallows, at the south end of this mile. Otherwise saw only gulls.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Saw a few dead crabs, small
Driftline:
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Small rocks·Wood pieces
some plastic bottles, other plastics, one sneaker
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
small slides, mostly at south end of mile.
Comments:
No problems noted.
Summary:
Lovely day on the beach at Cape Blanco state park. I noted that (going from bottom to top) base dark, clayish layer, shell strata grading into sand then gravel strata looked as though they'd all seen some erosion, at least partly due to all the rain this winter/spring. You could see the channels worn into the base strata (see photo 3).It looked to me as though there was more sand on this beach than I saw last year, probably part of the transition from high energy to lower energy beach. I saw fewer drift logs exposed the further south along the mile. During last year's visit I also remember seeing some erosion of the dune or sand to show layering. None present along this part of the beach on this visit (then again, maybe I shouldn't draw conclusions based on one visit per year). More people than I usually see, perhaps because it was sunny, also because I usually visit earlier in the year. All but one dog either leashed or under good off leash control. The owners of the uncontrolled dog attempted to "control" or summon it by mass screaming. They were loud, you could easily hear them from almost a 1/3 of a mile away. Otherwise, everyone just out on the beach at very low tide & enjoying themselves.
  • Photo taken from just below parking closest to the beach at Cape Blanco.  Camera has time listed as about 8am, apparently it never corrected for DST.  Probably right around low tide.
    Photo taken from just below parking closest to the beach at Cape Blanco. Camera has time listed as about 8am, apparently it never corrected for DST. Probably right around low tide.
    just below parking lot closest to Beach at Cape Blanco state park
    April 21, 2011
  • Photo taken from almost same location as first uploaded photo but approximately 2 hours later.
    Photo taken from almost same location as first uploaded photo but approximately 2 hours later.
    just below parking lot closest to south beach at Cape Blanco state park
    April 21, 2011
  • "Black" clay strata w/channels formed by (probably) rain/runoff, & some very small slides.  South end of mile 54.
    "Black" clay strata w/channels formed by (probably) rain/runoff, & some very small slides. South end of mile 54.
    south end of mile 54, bluff.
    April 21, 2011
Other Mile 54 Reports (15)

2018

August 3, 2018 - rtempesta
February 23, 2018 - rtempesta
Wind started out from the SW, then rotated up to the NW. Also, there were 15 or so sheep feeding on the bluffs and cliffs. Quite a bit of erosion on the bluffs close to the Elk River. A large hole...
  • Mouth of Elk river.

2014

May 17, 2014 - mvolson
Fifteen people were using the beach or surf, along with 6 dogs. Children played in the creek, most adults were walking or playing with dogs. A large group of gulls, along with several pelicans and a...

2012

September 12, 2012 - mvolson
Mile 54 was clean and quiet. Fewer dead birds than in the past. One dead seal. No evidence of sawmill activity.

2010

August 8, 2010 - mvolson
Mile 54 showed signs of heavy human use: vehicle tracks, driftwood construction, several campfire sites. Nevertheless, there was very little trash, and most of that looked as if it had washed...
February 24, 2010 - malachite
A windy walk on beautiful beach. The beach appearance was quite different from my last visit (May 2009)--this is not my mile, I'm just 1/2x/year visitor. The number of driftlogs on the beach...
  • looking north along the beach, showing low tide beach.

2009

May 30, 2009 - mvolson
No significant changes since last visit except for lots of vehicle tracks on dunes near base of bluff.
May 14, 2009 - malachite
Pleasant "evening on day after at a storm" beach walk. Vulture, possible eagle, cliff swallows and brown pelicans observed. Dead seal on beach. A solitary walk on a very beautiful beach.
March 21, 2009 - mvolson
A total of 18 people were on the beach, most seemingly beachcombing. Two played in the surf. Two of the 4 dogs were on leash. One vehicle parked on the beach near entry.A few seagulls and partial...

2008

July 14, 2008 - mvolson
No significant changes since last report. The beach was extremely clean of all human-produced debris, even though there was evidence of considerable use in recent weeks--many driftwood structures,...
March 29, 2008 - mvolson
This beach is always quite clean. The extra debris this time was probably mostly from winter storms. It did look as though the northern dune area near the base of the bluff had taken a beating.
January 1, 2008 - mvolson
This report is to take the place of the December report. The beach was very clean, peaceful, and relatively unchanged from last quarter.

2007

September 3, 2007 - mvolson
Although the beach had obviously been heavily used over the Labor Day weekend, there was virtually no human-generated trash. Everything looked fine except for the tire tracks in the dunes near the...
June 18, 2007 - mvolson
The beach was very clean and empty, except for the few people and one vehicle and a couple of dogs. There were many more tire prints than previously. Usually one would see more birds, at least sea...
March 14, 2007 - mvolson
This was my first look as a Coast Watcher at mile 54, so I am still trying to establish a baseline.