Mile 220

Yaquina Head north, Schooner Creek south
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.682215008324
Longitude: -124.073750023220
Vehicles:
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Tillamook County-Lincoln County line (45° 02.6706', Mile 247), southerly to Yaquina Bay (44° 37.0374', Mile 215), except for the following locations within the corporate limits of Lincoln City:
    (A) A distance of 150 feet on each side of the westerly extension of North 35th Court;
    (B) A distance of 150 feet on each side of the westerly extension of North 15th Street.

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Yaquina Head north, Schooner Creek south
Mile 220 Reports (56)

2018

December 3, 2018 - Hillsideshack

A surprisingly nice day on 220. Beautiful sunshine and the wind was a lot less harsh down on the beach. The cliffs continue to erode dumping sand and rocks onto the beach below. More of the man-made pipes are showing and looking like they will break off and fall onto...read more

  • Eroding cliff
  • plastic pipe falling down cliff
  • Cliff sliding
November 19, 2018 - DKPowell

Several things come to mind.

First, I attended a Lincoln County Historical Society meeting--and in the "Log Cabin" found a map of the county. I went back on November 8th to get a photo of the section just north of Yaquina Head. The section of beach just north of Yaquina Head...read more

November 11, 2018 - Hillsideshack

220 continues to slide into the sea. A beautiful sunny day to walk our beach. Quite a bit of short polypropylene rope in the wrack line today along with other plastics (small) and rubber fishing lure pieces. 7 dead birds. Lots of sand to walk on. Many folks (24) out...read more

  • Big Skate egg case
  • Second Big Skate egg case
  • Inside view of trash off 220
October 1, 2018 - Hillsideshack

A warm but wet day on Mile 220. 3 surfers and 7 walkers along with 3 dogs were out enjoying the spritzing. The bluff and vegetation continue to slide towards the sea. A small Harbor Seal has been slowly disintegrating on the north section of our beach, 7 dead seabirds along...read more

  • Harbor seal at northern Mile 220
  • Vegetation slide
September 3, 2018 - Hillsideshack

Another stunning day on Schooner South! Quite windy but beautiful sunshine. 23 folks out enjoying the beach along with 4 dogs and a bike had gone by as well. The cliff/bluff continues to erode and further exposes the drainage pipes all along this mile. In doing large debris surveys for...read more

  • Drainage pipe exposed
  • Southern end of Schooner
  • Bluff eroding
August 16, 2018 - DKPowell

It was a pleasure to walk the mile as the sand has filled in the cobble near NW 68th Street and rock sections near Yaquina head.

I have a new hiking Garmin -- there are several changes in positioning. First, the landslide at Yaquina Head has caused me to move to...read more

July 7, 2018 - Hillsideshack

WOOD CHIPS!!!! Soooooo many of them all along the entire stretch of Mile 220. They are in the surf line and high wrack. Also a fresh Common Murre was being eaten by a Turkey Vulture. Lots of people and dogs.read more

July 4, 2018 - Hillsideshack

Lots of washed up jellyfish: counted over 30. Also a seal (alive) on the beach near southern end of the beach. Two dead seabirds (one COASST tagged), appearred to be LIGU's. read more

June 4, 2018 - Hillsideshack

Nice to see a few folks out enjoying this gorgeous day! 6 people and 1 dog. Lots of small rocks in the north section of 220, LOTS of sand in the southern end. Able to go through the southern end "cave" to check on the beach on the other side...read more

  • bluff deterioration
May 16, 2018 - DKPowell

The walk started with a very light mist, and then cleared off. The birds have returned to the Lighthouse area, I could have easily counted a thousand.

I noticed there is new plastic pipe showing at the equivalence of NW 61st Street from erosion near the top of the cliff.read more

March 6, 2018 - lmabeggs

The beach was clean of debris except for some scattered items coming in from the water.  There were significant plastic pieces in the driftline along the sandy areas of the beach.  Lots of rocks exposed today.  There has been a great deal of erosion over the past year.  There are places...read more

March 5, 2018 - Hillsideshack

A sunny day on 220. Lots of rocks and very little sand on the first 1/2 of the walk South , then lots of sand. Texted Fawn to have State Parks come and pick up garbage at Marine Debris sign as it was piled up quite high. The cliffs have...read more

February 14, 2018 - DKPowell

A nice beach walk. Good weather (50F, calm breeze, mostly sunny) added to neutral tide (0.0ft. at 5:50PM) plus more sand this winter than usual on the beach.read more

January 3, 2018 - DKPowell

I was three times at the beach.

The times were 8:30AM (four hours before King Tide, 4.9 ft.), 10:30AM (two hours before King Tide, 8.65 ft,), and 12:26PM (10.5 ft.)

The first two times I took pictures North and West from a point 45 ft. Southeast of normal entry to beach. At...read more

2017

December 5, 2017 - DKPowell

Two things of note.

I have included several photos of the lead up to King Tide. The pictures at my usual entrance (path down from 57th and Meander) are roughly 50 feet back from where I normally enter the beach. I have also included pictures of the plastic pellets--I don't normally...read more

  • 10:45AM-nearing KingTide, looking north.
November 27, 2017 - Hillsideshack

A sweet day on Mile 220. 8 people and 4 dogs. First time I had seen the single wheeled skateboard used on the beach! The loss of land continues as the solid bluffs fall to the beach, more exposed cement and plastic drain pipes noticed. Lots of vegetation/bushes/trees falling down. Not much...read more

  • Erosion with large boulders.
November 17, 2017 - DKPowell

I could not get to the Yaquina cliff--the tide was higher than low tide (which was at 5AM), there was extra wave height. The beach is losing its sand--which also prevented my making Yaquina cliff, would have tried to walk cobblestone access but wasn't sure I could even get to...read more

  • Erosion of pipes
  • Some concrete on the beach-from pipe erosion,
  • Second set of eroded pipes.
  • Loss of sand, returning to cobble beach.
August 24, 2017 - Hillsideshack

Beautiful but frustrating day on Mile 220. Five people on the beach, one of whom, despite my polite results to stop the activity, was 3/4 up the cliffs and digging soil out of the cliff. 

Driftline contained a lot of beautiful long kelp and the usual small plastic pieces. Saw three dead...read more

August 15, 2017 - DKPowell

The beach is continuing to fill with more sand. The prevention of cars going to the NW 68th street parking is probably reducing the amount of plastic/trash. Although it is summer, erosion continues at Yaquina Head cliff and exposing pipes.read more

  • Increase of erosion at Yaquina Cliff.
  • Increase of erosion of pipes.
  • New set of pipes seen from erosion.
  • Concrete blocks preventing parking at NW 68th street.
June 22, 2017 - Hillsideshack
May 19, 2017 - DKPowell

Compared to last report--sand is coming back to this beach area. I got to Yaquina Head cliff wall, plus the rocky beach now is some areas mostly sand with some rock.read more

  • Yaquina Head Cliff
  • Basalt erosion.
  • Yaquina Head
  • Exposed pipes.
  • Sand filling in rocky beach.
  • Sand filling in rocky beach.
April 8, 2017 - Hillsideshack

Beautiful day on Mile 220, one bag of trash collected. A fair number of folks out today enjoying the sunshine. The erosion continues along our mile. Thousands of Vellela vellela making for sparkling blue lines along the entire beach. Unable to do farthest south section due to large rocks which were...read more

March 18, 2017 - Hillsideshack

Winter weather and water continue to erode the bluffs along Mile 220. March 18, 2017 visit saw continued plastic trash, 1.5 bags within just the rocky section at the beginning of the walk. One dead grebe, no bands. Four people out enjoying the sun. read more

February 15, 2017 - DKPowell

This is an update to yesterday's report.

The jaw bone and two fragments found near NW 68th Street were taken to Hatfield today. William Hanshumaker gave the identification as "seal".

I am including several more jpgs showing slippage. 1268=Path to top of Yaquina head at 57th-erosion of trail. 1270=cliff erosion. 1272-these pipes...read more

February 15, 2017 - DKPowell

Three observations: First, there is more slippage than when I last went this way in fall of 2016. Second, the NW 68th access is a site of a pumping station for Newport. Today, I noticed that a new post has been placed there--it contains empty bags for persons to collect trash....read more

January 24, 2017 - lmabeggs

The beach had very little sand on it.  It was mostly rocks of various sizes.  There was no debris except for isolated areas of plastic pieces.  I was there at a very low tide, but the signs of high water and heavy surf were apparent on the beach.  There was...read more

2016

October 15, 2016 - malachite

Exhilarating time on the beach.  There was enough beach to walk safely from the access near my house to NW 68th street, but storm surge made it not possible or too risk to try to get around the little "point" to the north of NW 68th street access (& Schooner...read more

March 26, 2016 - lmabeggs

The beach was very rocky with large rocks that are difficult to walk on exposed. There was an unusual amount of debris on the beach, much of it in this rocky area. This beach has always been pretty clean of debris, but today was a different story None of it...read more

2015

December 6, 2015 - malachite

Low tide at the HMSC dock was 3:18 p.m. Mile 220 is the closest beach to my home, so I walked down to see what the incoming storm weather looked like fairly close to low tide. Since the dead pelican was fairly close to the then (around 3:45 p.m.) high...read more

  • Dead Pelican
August 22, 2015 - lmabeggs
The beach is very sandy, covering large rocks that are visible in the winter months. Very little plastic or man made objects noted on this trip. This beach does not have a large number of people on it. Today I counted 15 people and only one group had put down...read more
  • Creek on the beach is further south before it curves west to go to the ocean.
May 25, 2015 - m219walker
Memorial day on Schooner Beach South.21 adults and children (usually just adults), 2 dogs.Two adults retrieving larger driftwood logs.No physical changes.Wrack mostly skeletons/casings(?) of Velella velella.Beached Lion's Mane jelly fish, 13" diameter.read more
  • Cyanea Capillata~13" diameter
May 10, 2015 - lmabeggs
The major feature of the beach today was the presence of Velella velella all along the beach. Since my last visit there has been continued erosion along bluff exposed to wave action. There are areas where trees have been uprooted and come down closer to the beach. The beach is...read more
March 30, 2015 - m219walker
The wrack along Mile 220 consisted of thousands of (what I think are) Velella medusae and a few adults. See photos. ?? Is this normal ??13 people, 2 dogs: surfing, tide pooling, rock hunting (maybe, poking at cliff).Smaller rotting sea lion gone; larger one still remains.Mostly gulls, scoters, and two oystercatchers.read more
  • Wrack mostly Velella velella, thousands of medusae?, few adults
  • Closeup of wrack along entire Mile 220 that included thousands of Velella medusae ?, dense in places
  • Adult w/ finger for scale
March 19, 2015 - kmalarkey
Carcasses of a California and a Steller sea lion have been on the beach for more than a week and have been reported. Moderate amounts of marine debris (half--bag collected). Drainage pipes being exposed by erosion and likely to collapse on beach.read more

2014

December 26, 2014 - m219walker
Partly cloudy with some sun. Glorious sky!More than usual (usually small, often zero) number of people on the beach the day after Christmas, and following 'King Tide' and an atmospheric river touchdown. 5 or 6 people making admirable effort to retrieve litter.No starfish observed but not particularly low tide.Three dead...read more
September 20, 2014 - kmalarkey
A spectacular day brought many people to the beach. It looked more like California than Oregon. There is remarkably little litter or trash although there seems to be a disturbing trend of people picking up after their dogs, but leaving the droppings in the plastic bag on the beach or...read more
June 15, 2014 - malachite
Very low tide this morning, - 2.5' at 8:44am (HMSC dock), walked this mile and part of Mile 221 to look for sea stars/starfish. I saw a fair number in one location, a rocky area at the south end of the mile, near the base of the Yaquina Head Outstanding...read more
  • Photos of starfish, north side of Yaquina Head at low tide.
  • Starfish/seastars, rocky area near/adjacent to north side of Yaquina Head, exposed only at very low tides.
  • Same location as other photos.  Also present were anenomes.
May 31, 2014 - kmalarkey
Sea star wasting disease is now rampant on this beach, especially close to the head. This side of Yaquina Head is now the preferred dining area for the local raptors. A pair of juvenile bald eagles are here most days I walk the beach. The bluffs continue to erode with...read more
  • Sea star with detached leg nearby
  • Note puffed and bulbous flesh of sea star. Very mushy to the touch. Also note contorted legs on other star
  • Note the legs hanging on the rock in my shadow. Very sad.
  • Barely hanging on. End stage of SSWD
May 13, 2014 - lmabeggs
This beach was remarkably free of debris. The sand has come in and covered rocks that are visible in the winter months. A few birds seen, but nothing remarkable.read more
April 4, 2014 - kmalarkey
17 people are a crowd, but it is spring break for Washington and Montana. The sun after rain was a welcome sight. The beach is remarkably clean and the sea stars seem healthy on this beach. Several surfers in the water today. The bluffs have a lot of new rock...read more
  • This star shows no sign of sea star wasting, but seems a bit chubbier than usual.
  • These two trees uprooted and fell on the beach last month during the storms.

2013

December 30, 2013 - kmalarkey
Unusually good weather with great sunsets is a year end treat. No sign of sea star wasting disease on stars I observed. Seeing the sunflower star was fun. Minimal litter picked up today only about 2/3 of a marine debris bag.read more
  • This voracious sea star was happily hunting dinner.
October 4, 2013 - kmalarkey
Beautiful sunset with a low tide so there were many more people on beach than usual. Nothing remarkable today. Pelicans, oystercatchers, gulls, crows cormorants, fishing hawk looking for dinner. Peregrines, eagles, turkey vultures are gone since murres have fledged. This beach tends to be the raptors' dining area after picking...read more
  • These recent "steps" are helping to prevent falls on the slippery rock face. Minimal disturbance to rock. Interesting to see what happens this winter.

2012

June 23, 2012 - lmabeggs
There is a new layer of sand on this beach disguising the ocean debris underneath. Very little debris seen today. There were about 20-25 people enjoying the low tide (-1). Much more of the beach was accessible today and people were exploring the exposed areas. Erosion of the bluff continues...read more

2011

June 17, 2011 - lmabeggs
The beach is mainly sand now. Very little debris on the sand. In the tidal area there was a lot of kelp and many plastic items were mixed within the kelp. We did see one large plastic barrel, probably used for surplus fuel on a boat. The bluff continues to...read more
  • This is an area where a stairway provided access to the beach from a neighborhood.  We had never seen this fabric before.

2010

April 16, 2010 - lmabeggs
Very little sand on the beach right now. Winter erosion of the sandy bluff has been significant. Two staircases that lead to Skinner's landing and a neighborhood access are gone. There was a significant increase in the plastic debris, especially tiny pieces of plastic in the shoreline. Two neighbors were...read more
  • Area where a staircase was.

2009

May 3, 2009 - lmabeggs
People were walking and looking at Tide Pools. There were only 15 people or so. There were small children playing in the sand and trying to fly a kite. One dog was chasing a frisbee. Other dog playing with child. Very little wildlife noted other than the usual pair of...read more
January 18, 2009 - lmabeggs
Bluff erosion is particularly noticeable this date. This mile does not have heavy human activity so human impact is not great. There are two stairs down to the beach from Schooner Landing Condos and a nearby neighborhood. Both have been damaged signficantly by the winter storms.read more
January 4, 2009 - CoastalKaren

2008

August 21, 2008 - lmabeggs
This rocky beach was covered with sand. An unusual amount of driftline debris probably due to recent August storm. A 10ft plus log that was covered with goose neck barnacles was above the water line. The barnacles were opening as if searching for food. Five oyster catchers were noted all...read more
  • Log with Goose Neck Barnacles is washed ashore above the water line
April 27, 2008 - lmabeggs
This beach showed little sign of human use. The only litter was in the driftline. Some new areas of sliding on the bank were noted. A bluff visible from the beach shows lots of erosion that is coming close to homes.read more
  • The breakthrough of this flume like slide was a new observation today.  Slides of a similar size were noted at other  locations nearby
January 17, 2008 - lmabeggs
The beach showed little signs of people being there. Very little sand the first .3 mile, then some sand close to the bluff.read more

2007

July 26, 2007 - lmabeggs
The beach showed signs of increased use this summer. There was more litter (still not much), tire tracks on the beach, spray paint on a log and a large wind shelter built with driftwood and nylon rope similar to that found other places on the beach. There were more dead...read more
March 25, 2007 - lmabeggs
A beautiful day. We saw more people today than we've ever seen before at one time on this beach. We went one day after the beach cleanup project, so it was very clean.read more
February 17, 2007 - CoastalKaren
There was quite a lot of litter onl the beach this weekend. Filled a garbage bag, and could have filled another, if I had an extra with me.read more
January 28, 2007 - lmabeggs
Much less sand than last summer. Many small rocks cover the beach. Earthen steps at access area have been washed away, so access is difficult. Landslides and erosion of bluffs is a continuing feature of this beach.read more
  • There is a stream falling down this hillside.  The land continues to slide down, taking trees with it.
January 21, 2007 - lmabeggs
Winter storms have taken their toll on this beach. The sand is gone in much of the areas close to the bluffs, exposing many rocks that make walking on the beach difficult. We noted that the tree trunk seen in October is exposed a lot more now, and that bluff...read more