Mile 14

Boardman SP, cliffs, Thomas Creek
Curry County

Latitude: 42.155585045760
Longitude: -124.362265134830
Vehicles:
  • Motor vehicles are prohibited from Meyers Creek (42° 18.4422', Mile 23), southerly to the Oregon-California border (41° 59.9208', Mile 1).
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Boardman SP, cliffs, Thomas Creek
Mile 14 Reports (36)

2018

July 8, 2018 - artist

The only unusual siting today was a bird carcass on the dunes. I assume it's a raven. I also removed a large beer bottle that was left alongside the trail, but it was in an area near the highway. Other areas of the trail were trash-free.read more

  • bird carcass; boot for size reference

2017

November 11, 2017 - artist

Everything on the trail, dunes and cliffs was normal. Beach is unaccessible on this mile.read more

  • Dunes, sk.y
  • Cliffs, mile 14
June 18, 2017 - artist

There were signs of recent cliff erosion and a trail-marking sign left by an organized hiking group. I left the sign, though maybe I should have removed it.read more

  • Hiking group sign
  • Sandy cliff erosion.

2016

November 29, 2016 - artist

Indian Sands: While watching the big surf from the rocky bluffs 60 feet above the ocean, I was struck by a wave that splashed up and over the rocks in front of me. I have a 24-second video of the event, but it is 10 MB. I did post the video...read more

October 23, 2016 - artist

There is some new erosion on the dunes due to recent heavy rains. Also, trail between Whaleshead and Indian Sands is somewhat blocked by two small fallen trees.read more

May 30, 2016 - admin

There is nothing significant to report. The trail, especially south of Indian Sands is in good shape, and there is no litter or damage. Attached photo shows cove (and ocean condition) between Whaleshead and Indian Sands.read more

  • A rocky cove between Whaleshead and Indian Sands.
February 7, 2016 - artist

Except for large salamander on the dunes, there is nothing unusual to report. The entire trail is in good shape, especially since vegetation was cleared from portion of trail just north of Indian Sands. The second photo shows the relationship of the dunes to the surf: they are separated from...read more

  • This large salamander was sunning on the dunes at Indian Sands. My hiking stick (thick as my thumbs) is in photo for scale.
  • The dunes do not touch the ocean but are separated from it by rocky cliffs 60 to 100 feet high.

2015

August 23, 2015 - artist
Aside from the tunnel-like trail situation in the draw just north of the dunes (see photo), there are no apparent problems. And State Parks rangers whom I notified may work on the section of trail in need of pruning.read more
  • Section of Mile 14 trail so overgrown with Sitka spruce, there's a narrowing tunnel situation.
May 3, 2015 - artist
It was a sunny warm day with cool ocean breezes. The only noteworthy change was the short spur trail mentioned on previous page.read more
  • Cove is visible from trail about ه_ mile north of Whaleshead.
March 5, 2015 - artist

This was an uneventful visit on a very pleasant day. No issues were evident.read more

  • This is one of the unique features on this mile, which consists primarily of cliffs and bluffs, not traditional beach areas.

2014

September 25, 2014 - artist
All was normal and there's little to report except for the overgrown condition of the trail along the cliff just north of the dunes. Since the trail further north (closer to the bridge) was recently cleared, I assume the overgrown section may soon be cleared, too.read more
August 10, 2014 - artist
Except for the couple camping, there was nothing noteworthy. The trail from Whaleshead to the dunes area remains well maintained, except in the dunes area itself, where there is constant movement and erosion.read more
June 24, 2014 - artist
Aside from the strange brown color of the ocean water near the beaches and sea cliffs, there's nothing out of the ordinary to report.read more

2013

December 24, 2013 - artist
Except for the fallen tree near Whaleshead, trail is in good shape.Many footprints in sandy bluffs above cliffs indicate that unseasonably warm weather has brought many people to Indian Sands. Still, there are no major problems related to human use.read more
  • Fallen tree partially blocking trail near Whaleshead.
October 29, 2013 - artist
No unusual activities or problems were observed, just a few people enjoying this mile's dramatic coastline on a beautiful fall day.read more
June 18, 2013 - artist
The trail is in good condition, and no negative activities were discovered. With the exception of the hawk and owl siting, it was an uneventful inspection during an occasional drizzle.read more
January 8, 2013 - artist
Considering the pleasant weather, it was surprising to see no other hikers or sightseers on the trail or cliffs, though there were lots of footprints that indicated that others had been there previously. The trail is in good condition, and no problems were encountered in any areas visited.read more

2012

June 24, 2012 - artist
Parking area just south of Thomas Creek Bridge now has abrupt drop-off between highway paving and gravel parking surface, making it difficult for some passenger cars to safely enter and exit. And there are a few small holes in trail due to sub-surface erosion. No other problems were noticed. People...read more
January 28, 2012 - artist
It was an unusually warm day on the cliffs overlooking the surf, which was very calm. People there were simply enjoying the good weather and views. The trail is well maintained, and there were no negative activities or conditions.read more

2011

October 13, 2011 - artist

It was a beautiful balmy day on Mile14 with nothing unusual to report. The trail is in good shape.read more

July 24, 2011 - artist
There is nothing negative to report. The trail is well-maintained and free of litter. The one dog encountered was on a leash. Visitors were simply enjoying the area.read more
May 30, 2011 - artist
There was nothing unusual during this inspection, and human traffic was light.read more
January 22, 2011 - artist
Unusually warm, sunny weather brought lots of visitors to the trail and bluffs, but no negative activities or conditions were observed.read more

2010

September 23, 2010 - artist
Hikers commented on how well-maintained the trail was. Ironically, during this visit, I met Monica, who had just finished raking a portion of the trail.I should point out that Gary also does a lot of work on Mile 14. There was nothing negative to report.read more
July 1, 2010 - artist
Sea was calm and sky clear, and except for continued natural erosion of sandy bluffs behind cliffs and minor litter at one trailhead, there's little to report. Hikers even commented on excellent condition of trail.read more
January 23, 2010 - artist
With the exception of one small, fallen tree across the trail a quarter mile south of Indian Sands, conditions of the trail, shoreline and surrounding landscape display no serious problems.read more

2009

October 1, 2009 - artist
As with my summer report, there is nothing negative to report. All appears well.read more
August 27, 2009 - artist
This is an uneventful report, as not a single vehicle or person was encountered, the trail remains in good condition, and no litter was found. Due to fog, it was not even possible to see the surf.read more
May 13, 2009 - artist
While the use of this area and trail was quite heavy compared to most reports, there are no serious violations or problems.read more

2008

November 16, 2008 - artist
The only negative to report is that three downed trees now block the trail within a half mile of the Whaleshead trailhead. A crew or individual with a chainsaw is needed to clear the trail.read more
August 24, 2008 - artist
Except for the presence of poison oak along some parts of the trail, there is nothing negative to report. I mention the poison oak because I had a serious reaction to a recent exposure while on another section of the Coast Trail. Long pants and long sleeves will be standard...read more
May 24, 2008 - artist
There was brown-colored water in two coves below the bluffs and slightly more litter along the trail than is usually encountered. I'm guessing that the brown-colored sea water was caused by some type of algae bloom and not run-off, as there has been no rain recently. The area near the...read more
February 10, 2008 - artist
Nothing out of the ordinary was experienced during this inspection, only heavy wave action and normal seabird activity. The area covered this time was between Indian Sands and Thomas Creek Bridge.read more

2007

October 21, 2007 - artist
Though there were more people than usual on the trail, there is nothing negative to report. As far as I can tell, no one was engaged in illegal or harmful activities. People were just picking berries and watching the big waves pound the rocky cliffs. What little beach there is...read more
  • The Indian Sands cliffs along Mile 14.
June 21, 2007 - artist
This report (6/21/07) was done as part of a hike made with six other people. Many had never been on this trail before and commented on the trail's excellent condition. The trail, even at the Whaleshead parking area, had no trash. As indicated in the detailed part of this report,...read more
April 15, 2007 - artist
The only negative thing that I found on this entire trip from Whaleshead to Indian Sands was a lone soda can, and that was at the trail head (Whaleshead).read more