Mile 280

North of Happy Camp, south of Oceanside
Tillamook County

Latitude: 45.447105021626
Longitude: -123.961240059080
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the north boundary of Nehalem Bay State Park (45° 42.2196', Mile 299), southerly to the south boundary of the Boy Scout property north of Sand Lake (45° 18.6444', Mile 268), except as follows: Motor vehicles essential to and engaged in boat launchings will be allowed any time during the year for a distance of 300 feet northwest from (45° 26.4036' 123° 57.2052', Mile 279), near Happy Camp.
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North of Happy Camp, south of Oceanside
Mile 280 Reports (13)


January 21, 2021 - angelaarena
  • Gravel beds are back
  • Sand washed out
  • Continues to slide near The Capes


December 19, 2020 - CharmerDale

Since it was a Saturday, the beach was relatively busy. Many people were walking their dogs... mostly unleashed!read more

  • Landslide
  • Typical mix of seaweed, plastic, wood and other particles.
  • People walking their dogs... unleashed!
August 2, 2020 - angelaarena
February 2, 2020 - CharmerDale

There was quite a lot of erosion of the cliffs and sand dunes near THE CAPES gated community.

Otherwise, the beach was clean with little debris following our recent KING TIDES!read more

January 20, 2020 - angelaarena


October 24, 2019 - angelaarena

Clear and warm. Very few people out. Watched the sunset. Saw one fishing boat at mouth of more

  • Sunset Netarts/Oceanside
  • Fishing Boat Netarts Bay


July 2, 2018 - angelaarena

8 people on the beach.  Large piece of driftwood smoldering from a fire that had not been properly extinguished. Monday morning observing the remnants of human activity over the weekend. Besides the smoldering driftwood, there was some litter (water bottle, Styrofoam cup, paper), and a couple of new driftwood forts. Noticed more

  • Sand Shelf
  • Rock Beds
  • Driftwood Fire


November 29, 2014 - Volunteer Trainer
We found this mola on the beach north of Happy Camp Saturday November 29.We weren't doing our"official" mile survey, just taking a walk! It was about 12" long. We have never seen anything like it in the beach there before. There was also an unusual amount of bull kelp, more
  • 12 inch sunfish


April 14, 2012 - [email protected]
A busy spring day at the beach. Lots of people enjoying the resource in appropriate ways. It is interesting that there seems to be very little overlap between the groups that come in from Happy Camp and those that come from Oceanside. The north end of mine 280 is more
  • The driftwood structure is completely destroyed. Remnants are scatter in front of the previous location
  • new beachgrass planted behind the drift fence at the base of the cliff


December 21, 2011 - [email protected]
Beautiful December day at the beach. Families enjoying the winter holidays in unexpected sunshine. Dogs are mostly well-behaved and under voice control. Little signs of using leashes but no one seems to mind.Winter storms seem to have brought down a couple of large rocks close to the cliff more
  • The sand has dropped below the erosion fence since our last visit
  • lots of tracks going up and down the sand slide to the top of the bluff
  • This is a substantial driftwood structure that appears to have been there a very long time. It includes signatures with dates, poetry on the walls, paper and pencils in sealable containers.
  • large rock dislodged from the cliff face
September 20, 2011 - [email protected]
Beautiful September day at the beach with 33 people enjoying the sunshine. Most were fishing for crab just in front of the Happy Camp boat launch. Several were out-of-town visitors who have come back to this spot over several years. 5 dogs walking with owners who were keeping them more
  • Small stream that flows down from the bluff and across the sand in a fairly direct line. Someone had added a driftwood "bridge" to walk across midway up the beach. The stream can be easily waded at most places.
  • Stand of iris growing at the base of the cliff just in front of the "Sunset Shack". This driftwood structure has been there for a very long time and is decorated inside with poetry, notes, and initials carved into the supports and ceiling logs.


October 8, 2009 - BCWolff
The south end of Mile 280 is easily accessed from Happy Camp parking lot. There were always lots of small boulders to carefully walk over in front of this parking lot,It was low tide. Sea weed formed a line at the high tide edge. 12 boats were near the more
June 7, 2009 - BCWolff
There were always lots of small boulders to carefully walk over, but the area is a lot wider now and has a lot more boulders surrounding Fall Creek. There are still large enough logs over the creek to get across if you have good balance.From this area north to more