Mile 57 Report

April 22, 2011
by malachite

Location:
Curry
North side of Cape Blanco, south of Castle Rock
Conditions:
Friday 9:00 AM
Sunny
45° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
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:
I was the only person on the beach. I walked & photographed (also picked up some pebbles). Some birds moved in response to my getting closer than they felt comfortable with while I was photographing them.
Notable Wildlife:
Caspian terns (see photograph). Haven't seen them on this beach before (but it's the first time I've been to this beach in April), fairly sure sighting of 1-2 black oystercatchers, a fairly large gathering/flock of plovers and gulls. All but gulls seen near Castle Rock where the Sixes River flows into the ocean.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Wood pieces
did not see much of a driftline.
New Development:
Modifications:
none observed
Natural Changes:
saw what might've been some sliding of a partially vegetated slope.
Comments:
No action to be taken. Did observe some interesting changes in the beach itself that I have not seen before. Some of the beach was composed of small well rounded pebbles (as opposed to sand-sized particles). It's more difficult to walk on. There seemed to be some sections of beach where slopes (running parallel to the water) in this heavier beach material had been shaped and were now being cut, and/or eroded away by high tides. I took photos, will attach 1, perhaps 2. On this visit, the larger sized sediment/particles occurred more frequently towards the north end of the mile.
Summary:
Another wonderful morning at the beach at Cape Blanco state park. It was again sunny while I walked the beach north of Cape Blanco, that runs from the Cape to the Sixes River. I then walked inland along a path (where I met some cows) that goes to the Hughes house and then back via the road (I didn't see the path that goes from the Hughes house back to the lighthouse/campground areas) to the lighthouse area/overlook. I reached the beach early enough that the beach was partly shadowed during the first part of my walk. I'd gone to the beach early to make sure I would be on the beach at low tide. The tide was low enough that I was able to walk out to Castle Rock, a large sea stack near the outlet of the Sixes River.
  • A distance view of mile 57, looking north from Cape Blanco towards the Sixes River
    A distance view of mile 57, looking north from Cape Blanco towards the Sixes River
    Not far from the Cape Blanco lighthouse.
    April 22, 2011
  • The kind of slope or dunal type structure I saw on the beach.  This particular one shows a bit of layering although it's difficult to see it in the photo.
    The kind of slope or dunal type structure I saw on the beach. This particular one shows a bit of layering although it's difficult to see it in the photo.
    towards the north end of mile 57, on the beach side of the (sort of) foredune behind which pasture/wetland begins
    April 22, 2011
  • Small flock of Caspian terns on the beach adjacent to where the Sixes River flows into the ocean.  A kind of isthmus forms as the tide recedes that you can walk along to get to Castle Rock (the big rock you can see in the first photo)
    Small flock of Caspian terns on the beach adjacent to where the Sixes River flows into the ocean. A kind of isthmus forms as the tide recedes that you can walk along to get to Castle Rock (the big rock you can see in the first photo)
    Near outlet of Sixes River, north end of mile 56, north beach of Cape Blanco state park
    April 22, 2011
  • this photo is not of anything in particular, but to me offers an idea of how this beach "felt" to me that day.  Everything very crisp and clear, and somehow full of visual drama to which the sound of the surf adds.
    this photo is not of anything in particular, but to me offers an idea of how this beach "felt" to me that day. Everything very crisp and clear, and somehow full of visual drama to which the sound of the surf adds.
    Somewhere along mile 57
    April 22, 2011
Other Mile 57 Reports (16)

2014

January 19, 2014 - Bob Ivey
A little cooler than yesterday, but very nice day. Sunny and cloudless. Very few people on beach, tide coming in and waves right up to base of bluffs/slides. Wood debris with large logs rolling,...

2013

April 28, 2013 - Bob Ivey
Wandered from Hughes House to MILE 57. Few folks on beach, fishing and beach combing. NO Pets, some sheep on grassy hill sides. Saw Bald Eagle yesterday, none today. NO sea mammals, some sea...
  • 4/28/13 Cape Blanco North on MILE 57.
January 20, 2013 - Bob Ivey
Capewalk shared the beach with others today. It was warm and sunny most of the day. Maybe six persons on the beach and one dog, who was well behaved. One person was mining a stream coming down the...
  • Half way down the beach at North Cape Blanco.  Good day for agates and sea glass, found some white and little green.
  • Sea Glass

2012

December 9, 2012 - Bob Ivey
Capewalker here, beach mile 57 was observed today. Sea were calm and flat, no big surf. Debris very little, a few folks out walking/hiking from bluff down to beach. Sunny and blue skys to the...
  • Mile 27 North of Cape Blanco
November 10, 2012 - azbeach
Curious activity: Apparent "mining" operation approx. 1/4 mi. south down the beach from the north side of Cape Blanco. Trough lodged into foredune, over small water outlet. Being tended by 2 adult...
October 14, 2012 - Bob Ivey
Cooler and cloudy day. Reconning around south beach and headlands with good views both south and north. Was intending to walk from Hughes house to Mile 57, but due to sandbar at mouth of river, the...
September 16, 2012 - Bob Ivey
Beautiful Sunday morning. Thirty minute walk to north beach at Cape Blanco. Mouth of Sixes river draining into ocean. Lots of wood debris, small to medium large trees. Saw a large group of hiker...
  • Walk to north beach
September 2, 2012 - Bob Ivey
Beautiful Labor Day weekend, many visitors to Cape Blanco Lighthouse, few groups on beach, northside windy and south not as bad. Could see for miles up and down beach. Pictures from up top by...
August 4, 2012 - Bob Ivey
Walked Mile 57 from Sixes River's boat put in by the Hughes House to the mouth of the river and down to turn around rock on the beach. One surfisherman with his limit. Two or three other groups of...
March 8, 2012 - Bob Ivey
Walked mile 57 on sunny windless side of Cape Blanco, at top blowing 25-30 mph. MOre sand on beach and wack line overtop of beach. Big log there, small surf, pleasant beach conditions for watch....
February 1, 2012 - Bob Ivey
ONce again a beautful afternoon on n. beach, very few people, few birds, no marine mammal and wide open beach for walking.
January 12, 2012 - Bob Ivey
Beautiful sunny and warm day on the north beach at Cape Blanco. Zero beached birds for COASST and one river otter. Very few birds, crabbing boat had all of their attention. Walk north to south...

2008

January 21, 2008 - [email protected]
Beautiful (cold) sunny day. Hardly any trash at all to pick up.

2007

September 11, 2007 - [email protected]
Removed 1 small bag of trash, is all -- left 2 heavy nets. First time saw 3 floats in line, 50' apart, 100'out.
June 8, 2007 - [email protected]
Beautiful day -- all the more appreciated considering projected development of access area. Photo shows 15'- 20' erosion over past year (when bank & rock met).
  • Photo of previously reported 15' - 20' erosion.  Bank & rock were joined last year.
March 29, 2007 - [email protected]
Most people seen at our site. Fishermen, driftwood collectors were at Hughes House picnic site access -- 1/2 mi. from beach on the Sixes River. 2 families seen on the beach accessed from Cape...