Mile 212 Report

February 1, 2009
by MAshley

Holiday Beach north, Moore Creek, Grant Creek
Sunday 12:00 PM
68° F
Tide Level:
-8.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
11 men were playing flag football
Apparent Violations:
tire tracks again on beach
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
everyone who wasn't playing football were collecting rocks.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
one was unidentifiable. The other was a male Black Scoter.
Fish & Invertebrates:
There were literally thousands of small dead jellies (Velella velella, or "By-the-Wind Sailors) on the beach. They were scattered from low tide to the cliff face.
Small rocks
New Development:
Bluff development·Drainage pipes·Steps down bluff
Natural Changes:
Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Landslides/major boulder falls
The site of new construction is a serious concern. The cliff face is separating and sliding down to the beach in sections. There is terraceing below the home and above the cliff face in an attempt to slow down the erosion. There is also a new stair case built here down to the beach usuing wood, metal posts and concrete. Lastly, there is a cluster of corregated black drainage pipe coming out of the cliff face. Looks like a disaster.
I walked north from Thiel Creek to Moore Creek. There were thousands of jellies from low tide line all the way to the cliff face. This makes it obvious that high tide is reaching the cliff face and will continue to erode the area. Adults and children on the beach, that were not playing football, had a bucket, sock, or bag to collect agates, jasper, fossilized bone ect...I discovered one cave in the cliff face that water was pouring out of. I could not tell if this was natural or caused from the development above. The cave was about 20 feet into the cliff then water poored down from above. Mid way between the cliff face and the tide line were a number of large pieces of drift wood mostly buried. There were also many mounds along the beach that looked like large rocks, but with closer observation discovered that they were mud stone. My biggest concern in this area is with the new steps and serious erosion problems here.
Other Mile 212 Reports (20)


May 20, 2020 - PhilBSB
Two new bluff-top houses currently under construction.
  • New House under constructionin the Pacific Shores development.


December 24, 2019 - PhilBSB
Relatively unchanged since the last walk.  Beach is clean and flat due to large tidal swings.


December 30, 2018 - PhilBSB
Nice day for a walk after the recent rains and huge surf.  Not much new except the short stairway on to the bech from neighborhood acess (For full disclosure I live in the neighbohood but don't know...
  • bull Kelp
  • New stairway to Beach.
August 11, 2018 - PhilBSB
Warm, calm morning with a few people out enjoying the super low tides.  A number of ancient trees are currently exposed that I have not seen in the past 25 years.  Lots of sand has bee moving around...
  • Ancient tree
  • Bluff Erosion


November 24, 2017 - PhilBSB
Nice late fall day and several goups enjoying the beach.  Lots of bull kelp and interesting organisms on the beach.  Some sort of egg sacks possibly.  A few birds but a fair number of people and high...
  • Property where bluff stabilization has taken place and where stairway to the beach was removed
  • Netting tangle in driftwood in Moore Creek.
April 16, 2017 - PhilBSB
Nice day on the beach with lots of people out enjoying the low tide.  Mostly calm with surf around 4-5'.  Many rock hunters, several people with clipboards doing surveying something(?) and several...
  • New drain pipe extending to beach
  • Old Stairway
  • Picnic Table


December 25, 2016 - PhilBSB
I have Photos of the Rip-Rap areas and the unstable crack in the bluff
  • Unstable bank shoreward of crack
  • Re-stacked Rip-Rap Oct 2016


July 24, 2012 - philandjan
Nice morning for a stroll on the beach, 21 others thought so too! The 15 whimbrels feeding near the water's edge were a treat, as were all the flowers- wild rose, monkeyflower, beach rocket, fireweed...
July 11, 2012 - philandjan
The beach was pleasant and sunny, with 11 people and one dog enjoying the morning before the afternoon fog bank came ashore. People were walking, running, sitting, flying kites and playing soccer....
  • Wind shelter built of large driftwood, one of several near the mouth of Grant Creek.
May 18, 2012 - PhilBSB
Moved lawn mower to rocky area near the bluff and contacted State Parks to see if Beach Ranger could remove it. Too heavy for me to carry out.Contacted Phillip Johnson about riprap permit...
January 28, 2012 - philandjan
An unusually large number of people and a few dogs enjoyed walking on the beach on this sunny Saturday after the series of storms that the central coast has been experiencing. The driftline...
  • Some of these rocks fell from the cliffs beginning last fall, and more pieces continue to fall to the beach, indicating active erosion.
  • This ancient tree stump, remaining from a 1600-year-old forest that was buried in sand, is beginning to be exposed at the surfline 5 feet above MLLW.  Sand covered it during the summer.


December 31, 2011 - philandjan
New Year's Eve, the first nice day after several stormy days, brought out more than the usual number of people (18) walking or jogging and enjoying the beach. It was a good day for raptor sightings...
  • Fairly large sand and rockfalls and vegetation undercuts indicate continuing erosion of the bluff below houses
October 6, 2011 - philandjan
There were 11 people including 2 babies enjoying the sunny weather, walking and sitting, with 3 dogs running (chasing gulls). There was a beach hut made of driftwood just south of Moore Creek. The...
  • A large chunk of the cliff face separated and fell to the beach south of Grant Creek.
  • Large rocks and sand fall from the cliff north of Moore Creeek.
  • A rather massive frame for a beach hut made of driftwood replaces the one observed in June along this same stretch of beach.
June 21, 2011 - philandjan
We celebrated the last few hours of spring with a walk on a foggy, breezy but beautiful beach. Plants in bloom brightened the sand, including wild rose, sea rocket, monkeyflower, sedge, clover,...
  • A spiral of colorful stones was created on the north bank of Moore Creek - we added a stone.
  • A driftwood beach shelter was built along the south shore of Moore Creek, near the high tide line.
  • Significant erosion occurred below the rim of bluffs below houses built near the bluff edge.
  • Sand and rock slides below the bluff where houses have been built near the bluff edge.
March 7, 2011 - philandjan
We walked beach mile 212 today under partly sunny skies with a light SE-SSW wind and comfortable temperatures (43-47 F). We noticed numerous fairly large sand slumps eroding from the cliffs and many...
  • This shows the latest (3/7/11) stage of erosion of the large chunk of the sand bluff that separated from the cliff just north of Grant Creek in 2006.  The vegetated top is gone, and the chunk is eroding significantly.


October 14, 2010 - philandjan
We did our mile walk at a beautiful sunrise this morning. Nothing new or unusual to report, just a few gulls foraging at water's edge, four people and three dogs enjoying the cool clear weather, the...
May 14, 2010 - philandjan
One person was on the beach, apparently rock hunting. A few birds were flying over or foraging on the beach. There were four pigeon guillemots in the surf - a few nest in burrows at the top of the...
  • In January, 2006 a major crack appeared in the beach cliff just north of Grant Creek, separating a large chunk of the beach cliff.
  • The chunk has eroded to a vegetation-topped pinnacle.
  • One of the ancient stumps left from an earthquake centuries ago is exposed at low tide just south of Moore Creek.


January 14, 2009 - MAshley
I walked south from Surfland subdivision to the south end of Pacific Shores subdivision. I noticed many small fresh landslides. These slides were filled with fossils. There are numerous drain...


March 16, 2008 - philandjan
This is a sandy beach, with 2 creeks, Grant Creek near the north end and Moore Creek near the south end. The beach is backed by sandstone cliffs, bluffs and vegetated dunes with houses along the top...
  • The cormorant was stranded in the surf wash zone, but still alive - the eagle carried it to a rock and ate it.
  • This chunk of cliff separated in January 2006 and is still eroding.
  • This shows the bluff overlooking the beach on Mile 212, with strata representing thousands of years.
  • This shows the general nature of the beach on Mile 212 at low tide, with houses on the bluff overlooking the beach.


March 12, 2007 - philandjan
The beach sand has been scoured away by winter storms, exposing cobbles and flat mudstone reef structure, with fossils and agates. Small sand and rock slides, lots of water coming from drainage pipes...