Mile 262

Cape Kiwanda State Park
Tillamook County

Latitude: 45.225714913978
Longitude: -123.974519764100
Vehicles:
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the base of the headland north of Cape Kiwanda (45° 13.3248', Mile 262), southerly to a point north of the beach ramp near Cape Kiwanda (45° 12.9684', Mile 261), except as follows:
    (A) From the base of the headland south of Cape Kiwanda (45° 13.0950', Mile 261), southerly approximately 400 feet to (45° 13.0632', Mile 261), motor vehicles essential to and engaged in boat launchings, boat recoveries, transferring equipment or supplies onto boats, unloading equipment or catches from boats, or emergency repairs of other vehicles or boats will be allowed at any time during the year;
    (B) From (45° 13.0632', Mile 261), southerly approximately 700 feet to a line located north of and parallel to the beach ramp near Cape Kiwanda, the point of intersection of said line and the line of vegetation being at (45° 12.9684', Mile 261), operation or parking of motor vehicles used for towing boat trailers or essential to boat launchings will be allowed.

  • Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time from the mouth of Sand Lake (45° 16.6920', Mile 266) southerly to the base of the headland north of Cape Kiwanda (45° 13.3248', Mile 262), except as follows: From the mouth of Sand Lake (45° 16.6920', Mile 266), southerly to the approximate north boundary of Cape Kiwanda State Park property (45° 14.7900', Mile 263), motor vehicle travel is prohibited May 1 through September 30 and from sunrise to sunset on legal holidays (as defined in ORS Chapter 187) and on Saturdays and Sundays between October 1 and April 30.
Tides: NOAA Tide Predictions. Click on the station nearest to your location to see predicted tides in graphical and tabular formats.
Cape Kiwanda State Park
Mile 262 Reports (18)

2018

October 3, 2018 - Linda Fink

The ocean continues to move inland, undercutting the bank. "Dune stabilization" efforts don't seem to be working, mostly because of natural erosion apparently. Vehicle tracks show lots of vehicles have been driving on beach in allowable areas. Sand and rocks have filled in between Cape Kiwanda and offshore rocks where...read more

  • snail shells in wrack line
  • shell with barnacles
  • looking south from north end of mile
  • sand filling in formerly deep water
  • sand and rocks filling in
  • cliff erosion
July 13, 2018 - Linda Fink

Most people were on the north side of the dune, not in my mile. Two hang gliders and 3 vehicles with helpers/onlookers with them. A few people walking the beach, two with dogs. A couple kids playing in the waves. Very wide beach on this minus tide with a wrack...read more

  • view to the south of entire beach
  • view from south end of beach looking north
April 23, 2018 - Linda Fink

About 20 people, all but 2 from cars parked below the dune, walking on beach and climbing the north side of the dune, with 2 dogs. Jillions of little sand crabs in the low tide zone burrowing in the sand and gathering in little pools. I have never seen the...read more

  • sand crabs
  • sand crabs
February 13, 2018 - Linda Fink

Very clean, flat beach abruptly ends at vegetated hillside. North side of dune gently sloped enough for 1/3rd of the way up for vehicles to have gone up that far, judging from the tracks in the sand. Lots of little rocks on beach at north end. Lots of big rocks...read more

2017

December 4, 2017 - Volunteer Coordinator

At high tide, there was no beach in sections. The other photo is taken on my way back of that same stretch of beach but looking north instead of south. On the way, I had to scramble up the bank to avoid the waves. You can see from the second...read more

  • King Tide - waves hitting the base of the dune Bob Straub Beach Kiwanda State Park
  • Sea foam left- King Tide receding 10:44am Bob Straub State Park
October 16, 2017 - Linda Fink

A beautiful, sunny, windless day just after high tide. More dead birds in the driftline than I have seen here before. All the signs are gone that had indicated the vehicle-prohibited areas, presumably because the dune (north side) where the signs had been has been cut back farther than ever...read more

August 2, 2017 - dslinger

Large amounts of algae noted.read more

July 5, 2017 - Linda Fink

A foggy, windless day on very wide beach with abrupt cliff edge; lots of illegal fireworks this day after the 4th of July and lots of picnic junk including clothing! Most people were driving around in vehicles; one surf-fishing; 3 walking/running. PEFA plucking gull kill.read more

  • McPhillip's Park sign.
  • Illegal fieworks.
  • illegal fireworks
  • sign
  • Vehicle tracks behind sign.
  • Peregrine Falcon.
May 6, 2017 - Linda Fink

Clean beach and very wide this time. No signs left saying where vehicles prohibited but no one was trying to drive up the dune. Two hang gliders sailing. Nice day and people enjoying the beach, most with their dogs.read more

  • View of CoastWatch Mile 262
  • North side of Cape Kiwanda dune
  • Hanggliders
March 10, 2017 - Linda Fink

Warm windless day. Picked up one sack of trash. Lots of driftwood, lots more bank and dune erosion. No vehicle tracks in prohibited area, even though sign down.read more

2016

December 13, 2016 - Linda Fink

more debris than we could pick up including refrigerator casing. We hauled off ropes and plastic big pieces. Most junk I've ever seen there. Large eroded hollowed out (eroded) area at north end of dune. New signs telling people to not go beyond... dangerous area. And new no camping signs,...read more

October 12, 2016 - dslinger

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/72157673244006880 Many more photos of the beauty and ongoing destruction of this natural area.read more

July 7, 2016 - Linda Fink

Amazing change to the beach and dune. Tons of sand gone from the edge of the dune... it's now a cliff. Cape bluff more collapsed with lots of rocks at shoreline. Sand gone from beach leaving exposed lava flows.

More photos here: http://mycoastwatch.blogspot.com/2016/07/july-7-2016-mile-262.htmlread more

  • Photo of Cape Kiwanda, north side.
  • Photo of north edge of Cape Kiwanda, cliff collapsing.
May 7, 2016 - Linda Fink

sand has been washed off the beach uncovering lots of rocks. Dune no longer descends gently to beach... high steep cliff instead. My camera quit after the first few photos.read more

  • shore erosion
  • closer view of eroding cliff
  • rocky beach, ocean has washed the sand away from beach exposing lots of rocks
February 9, 2016 - Linda Fink

Lots of erosion of bank and dune from recent high tides and storms. Many photos here: http://mycoastwatch.blogspot.com/2016/02/february-9-2016-mile-262.htmlread more

  • bank erosion
  • north side of dune erosion

2015

December 25, 2015 - Linda Fink

Most dramatic was the debris (logs, etc.) blocking the access road so there were no vehicles on the beach. Next was the obvious (by foam and flattened vegetation and erosion) overtopping of waves on the vegetated foredune, plus the dune remodeling. Photos here: http://mycoastwatch.blogspot.com/2015/12/dec-25-mile-262.htmlread more

  • The north side of the Cascade Head sand dune remodeled during December 2015
  • The McPhillips Park access road was completely blocked by logs and kelp and debris
November 25, 2015 - Linda Fink

Always lots of vehicle traffic here... less today because of extremely high tide (King Tide). Vehicles routinely park on the beach beyond the signs saying no parking beyond this point but this is the first time I've seen car tracks up the dune itself. I did not recognize the mass...read more

  • vehicle tracks beyond sign saying no vehicles past this point
  • another view of illicit car tracks

2011

July 7, 2011 - [email protected]
The arch at the tip of Cape Kiwanda (northern face) is now gone. Apparently it crumbled in February, as one person told me on Facebook.read more
  • Taken last year, perhaps aug. 2010