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Mile 116 Report
December 13, 2014
The big news is the landslide, which threatens the access trail to the south cove.
The big news is the landslide, which threatens the access trail to the south cove. The slide began last winter and continues to move. (I have been remiss in visiting my mile and wish I would have done a report when the slide actually started. Visit your miles regularly, people!) The bottom portion of the trail is extremely treacherous and the slide is beginning to undercut certain portions of the trail.Due to the high level of the low tide, I did not examine the tidepools this trip. One person was leaving as we were coming in. A very quiet, yet perfectly beautiful winter day.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: S. Tide Level: 2.5 feet.
Number of people: 3. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 2. Photography: 1. Other Activities: 1 person carrying out drift wood. I don't think the person carrying the branches is a cause for concern. Given the condition of the trail, it seems the few visitors are proceeding with care.
Driftwood removalApparent violations: Just one individual bringing less than 10 medium branches out by hand..
Cars/trucks parking: 2.
Steps down bluff.
Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Visible retreat of solid bluff, Landslides/major boulder falls.
Actions & Comments
I spoke with Preson Phillips, 541-888-3778 ext. 223 about the landslide. It happened in the winter of 2013, and it continues to move. He said there were no plans in place as of yet to do any modifications, but come May he expects crews to come out and spruce up the trail to allow access for the many school and other organizations who come to look in the tidepools. There are no plans to put in any culverts or riprap. It seems the State's approach is necessarily low impact, due to budget constraints.
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I was the only person fool enough to the visit South Cove today.
The weather had very light cloud cover, but I logged it as Sunny.
A minus tide occurs this Summer weekend and Parks had a sign encouraging the public to explore the tidepools.