Mile 135 Report

February 11, 2011
by Foggy

Location:
Coos
Oregon Dunes NRA, west of Beale Lake
Conditions:
Friday 1:50 PM
Cloudy
50° F
Wind:
Moderate from the SW
Tide Level:
3.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
25
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
6
Activity Comments:
Everyone I saw was riding a quad ATV, at reasonable speed, and looked like they had the legal equipment. Groups were a wide range of ages, probably families. There were no people on foot, and no footprints.
Notable Wildlife:
Seal in runnel just off beach (see photo). Otherwise nothing unusual; just the regular gulls and a small flock of Sanderlings.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Shells
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:
The Hauser Sand Road (Photo 2) is 2.5 miles of deep, soft sand from the Hauser ATV Staging Area (fee area) over the dunes to the beach at Mile 135. It's primarily used by ATVs, but is OK for high-clearance street-legal vehicles with very wide tires, too. It's a long slog on foot. ATVs are legal on the beach on Mile 135 year-around (Photo 1).The beach was very clean of debris on this cool, windy weekday. A ridge/runnel system lies just offshore of most of Mile 135, with waves breaking far offshore leaving a quiet strip of water closer in, giving a Harbor seal a great spot to search for dinner. (See Photo 4 at full size.) The entire width of beach was traced by ATV tracks in some areas. Wildlife was very sparse: just the Seal, a few gulls, and one small flock of Sanderlings; there was no driftline to speak of.
  • These 2 ATV riders were appreciating a few quiet moments before heading home over the Hauser Sand Road. Note their required equipment: flags and helmets.
    These 2 ATV riders were appreciating a few quiet moments before heading home over the Hauser Sand Road. Note their required equipment: flags and helmets.
    N 43.50730, W 124.25309
    February 11, 2011
  • It's a "road" in name only -- just soft, deep sand, 10 to 20 feet wide. Here, it cuts through the foredune onto the beach at the south end of Mile 135.
    It's a "road" in name only -- just soft, deep sand, 10 to 20 feet wide. Here, it cuts through the foredune onto the beach at the south end of Mile 135.
    February 11, 2011
  • Saunders Lake Sand Road leads 1.5 miles toward Highway 101 from Mile 137. Here's what it looks like through the forest strip.
    Saunders Lake Sand Road leads 1.5 miles toward Highway 101 from Mile 137. Here's what it looks like through the forest strip.
    February 11, 2011