Report Details

Beach was remarkably clean. Few signs of bonfires a couple of driftwood wind-break structures. Signs of old tire tracks down by Hubbard Creek, but nothing recent, and no vehicles in sight. Someone has piled up the river stones at the point below the wayside, where the stream exits the cliff side to cross the beach sand. It looks like a significant amount of work, in order to divert the stream into a channel, in which they placed a long sluice box as if to try to sift for gold. Setup looks both complex and rinky-dink, in that there were several grates in the bottom held down by rocks, as well as what looked like a spring-form bundt cake pan, in pieces, sitting in the sluice box. There was a broken electronic device of some kind (saw wires, but didn't recognize what it was - about the size of a VHS tape.) Also a pair of eyeglasses, right next to a dead Muir. Curiouser and Curiouser. There was also a length of clear hose, similar to what you might see in a fish tank, maybe. Not attached to anything. I speculated that it might be for rinsing things off with creek water, but it was about 4' long, which seems a lot for that purpose.

Conditions

Temperature: 55 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 1.3 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 8. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 7. Tidepooling: 1. Fishing: 1. The fisherman had dug a hole and posted a fairly large piece of driftwood for an unknown purpose. Maybe to hold his rod, though I didn't see him actually do this. Other than that, I saw nothing odd.

Concerns

Apparent violations: None noted..

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 6.

Notable Wildlife

Pelicans were fishing in the swells just beyond the (calm) breakers. Oystercatchers were running in the surf line and sitting on rocks, as were seagulls.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2. One common Muir, one seagull. Unknown cause of death. Been there a while. No leg bands.

Driftline Content

Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.). Beach was mostly free of trash. One nook up by the cliff had three bags (2 paper and 1 reusable cloth) full of trash and other picnic supplies, like a stack of red solo cups. They'd been there a while. Too much to carry, especially because the paper bags were damp enough not to hold up to carrying. (We did not bring any garbage bags, so could not port it out.)

Man-made Modifications

Stream modification. Someone has piled up the river stones at the point below the wayside, where the stream exits the cliff side to cross the beach sand. It looks like a significant amount of work, in order to divert the stream into a channel, in which they placed a long sluice box as if to try to sift for gold. Setup looks both complex and rinky-dink, in that there were several grates in the bottom held down by rocks, as well as what looked like a spring-form bundt cake pan, in pieces, sitting in the sluice box. There was a broken electronic device of some kind (saw wires, but didn't recognize what it was - about the size of a VHS tape.) Also a pair of eyeglasses, right next to a dead Muir. Curiouser and Curiouser. There was also a length of clear hose, similar to what you might see in a fish tank, maybe. Not attached to anything. I speculated that it might be for rinsing things off with creek water, but it was about 4' long, which seems a lot for that purpose.

Natural Changes

Maybe a sign of slight rock-fall near the site of the big landslide we reported a couple years ago, but for the most part the beach looked the same. Did see a patch of dead and dying pine trees that might have beetles, or their roots could just be damaged, as they were growing right on the edge of the sand. I took a picture, but I may not be able to post it--wasn't able to on the other report I just filed. Hubbard Creek's exit was pretty far to the south this time. Sand slope was moderately steep, but I've seen it steeper/higher.

Actions & Comments

CoastWatch programs manager contacted the local beach ranger with a link to the photos in this report.

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Stream modification showing the hose, dead bird and broken electronic device (on the left center of the photo)
Stream debris below sluice
Sluice in stream
Upstream of the sluice box, a plastic tub appears to help redirect the water flow into the box

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Mile 48

Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

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Mile 48

Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

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Mile 48

Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

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Beach was remarkably clean.

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Mile 48

Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

May 13, 2023

This was an exceptionally warm Saturday so there were more people on the beach than I usually see but everyone was well behaved and loving the rare chance to be on the beach (and even a few brave souls in the water) without multiple layers of coats.

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Mile 48

Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

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Mile 48

Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

November 18, 2022

On a mild, sunny Friday in November we found the beach pretty quiet.

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Mile 48

Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek

August 20, 2022

Beach was looking pretty clean of trash at the surf line and above in the dry sand.

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