Mile 54 Report

March 29, 2008
by mvolson

Location:
Curry
South of Cape Blanco, access road to Elk River
Conditions:
Saturday 11:00 AM
Party cloudy
45° F
Wind:
Calm/Light
Tide Level:
2.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
6
Dogs:
1
Activities:
Walking / Running:
5
1 driving ATV
Concerns:
Driftwood removal
Apparent Violations:
evidence of recent sawmill in driftwood near vehicle entrance to beach
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
2
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
1
Activity Comments:
It's always impossible to tell if ATV drivers have valid permit
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam
a lot of plastic bottles and large chunks of styrofoam--more than my usual two-bags' worth
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Landslides/major boulder falls
the part of the vehicle access road that runs parallel to the beach had washed away to about half its former width. Consequently, a new vehicle turn-off to the beach had been established further north than previously.
Comments:
Summary:
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.
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.

2011

April 21, 2011 - malachite
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...
  • 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 almost same location as first uploaded photo but approximately 2 hours later.
  • "Black" clay strata w/channels formed by (probably) rain/runoff, & some very small slides.  South end of mile 54.

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,...
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.