Mile 328

Sunset Beach, Clatsop Plains
Clatsop County

Latitude: 46.065459757036
Longitude: -123.931589346190
Vehicles:
  • Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time between the Peter Iredale Road (46° 10.6950', Mile 336), southerly to the beach ramp at Gearhart (46° 01.8570', Mile 326).
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Sunset Beach, Clatsop Plains
Mile 328 Reports (16)

2015

July 30, 2015 - Jann Luesse
A beautiful, warm, sunny morning. Lots of dead crabs & parts freshly washed in were a feast for the gulls. People playing and relaxing along the shore, no doubt preparing for the 90 degree day ahead. Early enough in the day that there were only six adults and two children,...read more

2014

June 30, 2014 - Jann Luesse
A beautiful sunny day with a bit of wind. The heat brought people to the beach along with their fireworks and campfires. Unfortunately they leave the debris behind. Styrofoam is still showing up along with lumber covered with barnacles. A few pieces of drift wood escaped the campfires. A notable...read more

2012

September 13, 2012 - Jann Luesse
Hundreds of birds were swarming along the surf line, from pelicans to small shorebirds. They were so thick they blackened the horizon. Quite an amazing event. Can't believe I didn't have my camera! Elk grazed in the dunes on this very warm calm evening.read more
February 3, 2012 - Jann Luesse
Another beautiful, sunny, calm day at the beach. Low tide exposed lots of beach and many sand dollars and other shells. People walking with dogs, some on leashes, some not. Some large wood at high tide line and evidence of wood cutting and removal. One large pile of woody yard...read more

2010

December 29, 2010 - Jann Luesse
Lots of blowing sand in the high winds. The most notable change is the growing height of the dunes. I've had to add an extension to the mile markers as the dune height continues to grow.read more
October 13, 2010 - Jann Luesse
warm sunny day at beach.read more
May 2, 2010 - tsunami
Nice day, a bit windy. Moderate number of cars on the beach. Most behaving themselves but a couple speeding (~40 mph). Several came uncomfortably close to us as we walked -- I can't help but wonder why they would do that with the whole wide beach to play with. Low...read more
March 6, 2010 - tsunami
Lots of cars and people on the beach today, several speeding close to people. One very sad display of disrespect for our natural resource (and safety of others on the beach) -- a truck dragging a La-Z-Boy type recliner down the beach and in circles at high speed (with children...read more
  • Some jerk dragging a La-Z-Boy recliner around with his truck before dumping it on the beach.
  • The same guy after removing the rope, takes off down the beach at high speed.
  • Now SOLV gets to deal with it.

2009

October 24, 2009 - Jann Luesse
A very windy day on the beach. No live birds affected by algae foam seen on this mile. Very little foam in surf.read more
April 9, 2009 - Jann Luesse
Very slight wrack with small bits of kelp. Drift wood up high. Both land and sea based debris: plastic beverage containers, shoes, plastic bags, rope, plastic bucket.A vehicle was stuck straddling a large piece of driftwood.read more
March 2, 2009 - Jann Luesse
Strong wind and blowing sand had covered most everything on the beach.read more

2008

September 27, 2008 - tsunami
Pretty calm overall, didn't spend much time in the driftline, walked mostly down at the water's edge for the low tide. Nice tide pools, but the water is COLD. Very little litter -- thanks SOLV. A fair number of cars but far less than would he here before labor day...read more
  • Crab about 4' above the low tide line; hunkered down between the tire tracks, probably hoping the tide will get to him before he gets run over.
  • Watched this guy pull up to about a 2.5' tall sand castle someone had made, then back up and make a run at it... here's the result. A county sherriff happened to be driving by a few minutes later and stopped... presumably to administer an IQ test?
September 20, 2008 - Jann Luesse
Not much new this month. Lots of kelp in the wrack line.read more
February 3, 2008 - tsunami
Found 4 bird carcasses with zip-ties around the two bones of one wing. Checked it out and found out that this is a method beached bird survey groups use to identify the number of days a dead bird has been on the beach. Ironic (stupid in my opinion) that they...read more
  • desk dumped in the sand
  • One of four bird carcasses (look like gulls) each of which had several zip ties around the two bones of one wing (dead bird survey method).
  • Looks like nothing so much as a piece of shag carpet but the seagulls picking at it had exposed the pink flesh underneath -- ewww....
January 27, 2008 - tsunami
Light traffic today, very few other people on foot or in cars. The usual evidence of people driving up onto the protected dunes (5 sets of tracks), a bit surprising given the recent erosion and resulting steep dune base.One small heap of trash (beer cans) from where someone parked and...read more
  • tire tracks in protected dunes
  • tire tracks in protected dunes
  • typical trash
  • Trail marker post showing dune height growth -- shorter post used to be 8' tall (3 years ago), taller one was 8' tall last summer, now 6' tall.

2007

June 8, 2007 - Jann Luesse
Usual quiet weekday, with three people walking the beach.read more