Mile 57 Report

August 4, 2012
by Bob Ivey

North side of Cape Blanco, south of Castle Rock
Saturday 12:00 PM
60° F
Calm/Light from the SE
Tide Level:
7.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Walkers, Lookers and Surfishing
Notable Wildlife:
No wildlife mammals seen, shore birds; love whatching terns flying. Could see off shore island had birds.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Small rocks·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
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 people, visitors, watchers and walkers. Some birdlife both shore and inland birds. No mammals seen at all, not even in the surf. Was going to walk starting at Cape Blanco's north side but very windy and foggy, not the sunny day I was planning. Driving back for lighthouse there was less fog and more sunlight, so put in at boat ramp. The sun came out and there were a good selection of common wildflower and assortments of the grasses. Beach was nice, so much buried wood big and small. The mouth of the Sixes was filling with sea water from the wave action there. Someone might have crossed the river and headed to Mile 58, but not today. Had most of the beach to myself except for the groups at the mouth. Took the Castle Rock trail back to parking. The purple thistles were beautiful, I believe California and smaller Canadian were all around the grasslands. Weather was a mix bag, very windy and socked in with fog up on the bluff, below along the river it was sunny and warm, the beach the same with a little more fog being blow to the north. The area remain litter free, found only four plastic bottle and no small pieces of plastic. The day was good.
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April 28, 2013 - Bob Ivey
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January 20, 2013 - Bob Ivey
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December 9, 2012 - Bob Ivey
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November 10, 2012 - azbeach
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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...
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September 2, 2012 - Bob Ivey
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March 8, 2012 - Bob Ivey
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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
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April 22, 2011 - malachite
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...
  • A distance view of mile 57, looking north from Cape Blanco towards the Sixes River
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.


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


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...