Mile 282

Lost Boy Cave, Short Beach
Tillamook County

Latitude: 45.472810152834
Longitude: -123.971320416610
  • 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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Mile 282 Reports (11)


June 16, 2021 - [email protected]

Fairly crowded for a weekday. Stairway still in poor condition, handrails missing in many places. Beach clean. Portapotty now available at beach entrance. read more


August 4, 2020 - EJD

I walked this mile today and just wanted to note the abundance of newborn sea stars inside Lost Boy Cave and the surrounding tide water. I have just never seen them this small before in the wild!read more

May 15, 2020 - [email protected]

Beach quite clean despite being popular. No porta-potty as usual; I anticipate human sanitation issues. 

Staircase in poor shape, and missing handrails have been draped in yellow danger tape. read more


May 26, 2019 - [email protected]

Increase in human activity, new path along bottom of cliff. Need for bathroom facility. read more


August 18, 2018 - [email protected]

Staircase handrails deteriorating. Driftwood bridge across creek. Gravel on beach has flattened out since last visit. More dirt coming down cliff at north end. No litter. read more


July 9, 2017 - [email protected]

Increased human and dog activity at this beach, which has no bathroom facility at the trailhead or on the beach. 

Common Murre seen on beach at north end. read more

  • Common Murre, Short Beach
January 16, 2017 - [email protected]

Beautiful day. Beach very clean overall. Recent rain and snow have resulted in very full waterfalls. One small tree has slid down the hill in front of the house that has some long-standing drainage pipes. There is a new yellow sign "30A" facing the ocean, meant to help locate vicitims in case more


May 13, 2016 - [email protected]

This was our first official visit to this mile. Last winter's storms left a veritable cliff of rocks, topped by large logs, close to the bluff. We found a small amoint of litter including a plastic boat toilet. There is a slide toward the north end of the beach; more

  • Toilet found in beach debris, Tillamook County, Lost Bay Cave, Short Beach
  • Pool at base of waterfall
  • Logs, Lost Bay Cave, Short Beach
  • Landslide, Short Beach


September 12, 2009 - nicgartland
The weather was nice, though cloudy but the tides were pretty high throughout the day so parts of the mile were inaccessible. Visitors were friendly and the ones I saw were all being very tidy with packing up their litter, etc. Their dogs all were well behaved and kept more
  • Lots of rocks and a high tide day
June 28, 2009 - nicgartland
The mile was in really nice shape on this particular trip. There was a bit of sea plastic washed up on the southern edge of it, but otherwise the area was clean of litter. The tides were very low that week, and I was able to observe lots of more
March 21, 2009 - nicgartland
The mile was very rocky this day. There was a small area at the far southern end that had a lot of sea plastic, small plastic pellets and styrofoam.Rock hunters were carrying out lots of bags filled with agates and several people were climbing onto the rock walls and more