Mile 43

Beach south of Humbug Mountain
Curry County

Latitude: 42.655264874890
Longitude: -124.414404635090
Vehicles:
  • Motor vehicles are prohibited from Rocky Point (42° 43.3812', Mile 47) southerly to the north end of Arizona Beach (42° 37.1754', Mile 41).
Tides: NOAA Tide Predictions. Click on the station nearest to your location to see predicted tides in graphical and tabular formats.
Beach south of Humbug Mountain
Mile 43 Reports (15)

2015

September 4, 2015 - Dale Lee
Stepping on to be beach I was greeted by a healthy supply of summer sand, low swells and blue water with changing shades of color and contrast as the puffy clouds blew over from the northwest. The storms from last week had started to cut into the beach that had...read more
  • Basic beach shot
  • Banner class of adolescent mole crabs bring sand to life
  • Phocoena phocoena
  • Seeking a peaceful coexistence.
April 4, 2015 - Dale Lee
Save the Monkeyfaced Eel. There were 5 or more of these adult creatures that had died and were near the rocky shore's edge. Most of the Velella (thousands ) from last week were no longer present, but a few were still around. The wayward dock was right where I left...read more
March 28, 2015 - Dale Lee

Large dock on Mile 43. It has few to zero sea creatures attached to it and moss growing on the sides, plus little damage so I think it is somewhat local, and was probably lost from fresh water. Three sections are approximately 4x8 each. Bottoms are Fiberglas filled with low-grade...read more

2013

December 23, 2013 - Dale Lee
Over ten feet of sand has migrated from the north end of mile 43, as remnant bits of last summer's beach can still be seen high near the vegetation line. On the south end only about 2 feet has gone seaward, using a rock I often rest on as a...read more
July 23, 2013 - Dale Lee
Visiting my mile is traditionally a low tide, moderate to low swell event. Winter conditions can cause the water to reach the surrounding cliffs, which in most cases are too steep to climb. I visited during high tide for a change yesterday. Probably the most unusual thing I noticed was...read more
  • Note the seasonal sand covering rocks is more extreme this year
  • Probable tsunami debris

2012

December 9, 2012 - Dale Lee
Although it is about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the beach, ODOT did a major repair to the place I park and access my mile. Hwy 101 was raised about 10 feet along this stretch. My informal path was removed, but it is still very easy to pick...read more

2011

November 20, 2011 - Dale Lee
Nice afternoon with exceptionally clean and clear air. Water was blue, swells were 6-8 feet, and erratic. All the sand had been recently erased of any activity by the surf that had been reaching the rock cliff at high tides and during stormy weather. Not a lot of litter, and...read more
  • Taken near the border of mile 42/43
September 18, 2011 - Dale Lee
The ocean was quite foamy from a high swell at night but had subsided to around 5 feet when I was there. The water was blue and remarkably clear. I did not see many birds, but could hear lots of activity on mi 42 to the south.There was lots of...read more

2010

July 15, 2010 - Dale Lee
Walked mile on July 13 to find an unusual amount of debris. Most significant was a full, 55-gallon barrel marked "marine oil." There were two other 5-gallon sealed cans of mulitgrade oil nearby. State Parks, CoastWatch and the Coast Guard were contacted, and the Coast Guard hired NWFF environmental services...read more
  • Photo of Mile 43
  • Photo of the Contractor Crew Hired by the U.S. Coast Guard to remove oil filled containers from Mile 43
  • Photo of the oil filled barrel on the beach at Mile 43

2009

June 22, 2009 - Dale Lee
Sand movement from season to season, and year to year is always a draw of interest. Today with the am minus tide, the beach seemed especially flat and easy to walk. The grain size of the surface sand has sorted finer and is much firmer than most times of the...read more
  • Mile 43 from the North 06/30/09
  • Mile 43 from the South 06/30/09
March 13, 2009 - Dale Lee
Foam pellets always bother me. Does anyone have a good way to remove them from the beach? They are often mixed with small woody debris on my mile. There was none of the forest duff that concentrated at Crook Point, but the event did leave lots of new driftwood especially...read more

2008

December 20, 2008 - Dale Lee
What a nice break in the weather, and break in the breakers for a walk on mile 43. This beach is coarse dark sand, but wrapped by bedrock cliffs, so it can be quite dangerous this time of the year when the swell is high, even during low tide. Today...read more
April 24, 2008 - Dale Lee
Accessing mile 43 requires a 10-15 minute walk down a moderate slope on an informal game trail. With the rapidly growing vegatation, spring is the season where the trail goes from being the easiest to follow, to being the most challenging to follow. The ocean was fairly clear, blue green...read more

2007

September 15, 2007 - Dale Lee
Mile 43 is directly south of Humbug Mountain. The mountain often intensifies NW wind,similar to standing on the top of a windy bluff. When the wind is from the NE like on Saturday, the beach is protected, and the light breeze from inland can be quite warm. Waves were about...read more
June 14, 2007 - Dale Lee
Interesting flatsum for late in the year. Japanese containers present. I also wanted to report a metal 55 gallon barrel that is sealed, and appears to contain some liquid. I realize this could be a small amount of ocean water. No leaks are visable. Barrel is located 100-200 yards north...read more