Mile 280 Report

December 21, 2011
by dmurray096@aol.com

Location:
Tillamook
North of Happy Camp, south of Oceanside
Conditions:
Wednesday 12:00 PM
Sunny
52° F
Wind:
Calm/Light
Humans / Pets:
People:
18
Dogs:
4
Activities:
Walking / Running:
12
Playing in sand:
4
Sitting:
2
Concerns:
Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
Activity Comments:
Lots of tracks going up and down a sand slide that goes from the top of the bluff to the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
15 gulls in the surf11 gulls on the beach
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
1 dead sea gull--looks like predator got it. Belly cavity eaten
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
several small jellyfish in the drift line
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
beach grass
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
Comments:
2 foot ledge developed between the flat beach and the bottom of the dune/cliff edge especially along the stabilization fence below the housing development at the top of the bluff.
Summary:
Beautiful December day at the beach. Families enjoying the winter holidays in unexpected sunshine. Dogs are mostly well-behaved and under voice control. Little signs of using leashes but no one seems to mind.Winter storms seem to have brought down a couple of large rocks close to the cliff wall.
  • The sand has dropped below the erosion fence since our last visit
    The sand has dropped below the erosion fence since our last visit
    December 21, 2011
  • lots of tracks going up and down the sand slide to the top of the bluff
    lots of tracks going up and down the sand slide to the top of the bluff
    200 yds from Happy Camp parking lot
    December 21, 2011
  • This is a substantial driftwood structure that appears to have been there a very long time. It includes signatures with dates, poetry on the walls, paper and pencils in sealable containers.
    This is a substantial driftwood structure that appears to have been there a very long time. It includes signatures with dates, poetry on the walls, paper and pencils in sealable containers.
    North end of mile in the bushes up against the cliff
    December 21, 2011
  • large rock dislodged from the cliff face
    large rock dislodged from the cliff face
    about 300 yards north of Happy Camp parking lot.
    December 21, 2011
Other Mile 280 Reports (10)

2020

August 2, 2020 - angelaarena
February 2, 2020 - CharmerDale
There was quite a lot of erosion of the cliffs and sand dunes near THE CAPES gated community.Otherwise, the beach was clean with little debris following our recent KING TIDES!
January 20, 2020 - angelaarena

2019

October 24, 2019 - angelaarena
Clear and warm. Very few people out. Watched the sunset. Saw one fishing boat at mouth of bay.
  • Sunset Netarts/Oceanside
  • Fishing Boat Netarts Bay

2018

July 2, 2018 - angelaarena
8 people on the beach.  Large piece of driftwood smoldering from a fire that had not been properly extinguished. Monday morning observing the remnants of human activity over the weekend. Besides the...
  • Sand Shelf
  • Rock Beds
  • Driftwood Fire

2014

November 29, 2014 - Volunteer Trainer
We found this mola on the beach north of Happy Camp Saturday November 29.We weren't doing our"official" mile survey, just taking a walk! It was about 12" long. We have never seen anything like it in...
  • 12 inch sunfish

2012

April 14, 2012 - dmurray096@aol.com
A busy spring day at the beach. Lots of people enjoying the resource in appropriate ways. It is interesting that there seems to be very little overlap between the groups that come in from Happy Camp...
  • The driftwood structure is completely destroyed. Remnants are scatter in front of the previous location
  • new beachgrass planted behind the drift fence at the base of the cliff

2011

September 20, 2011 - dmurray096@aol.com
Beautiful September day at the beach with 33 people enjoying the sunshine. Most were fishing for crab just in front of the Happy Camp boat launch. Several were out-of-town visitors who have come back...
  • Small stream that flows down from the bluff and across the sand in a fairly direct line. Someone had added a driftwood "bridge" to walk across midway up the beach. The stream can be easily waded at most places.
  • Stand of iris growing at the base of the cliff just in front of the "Sunset Shack". This driftwood structure has been there for a very long time and is decorated inside with poetry, notes, and initials carved into the supports and ceiling logs.

2009

October 8, 2009 - BCWolff
The south end of Mile 280 is easily accessed from Happy Camp parking lot. There were always lots of small boulders to carefully walk over in front of this parking lot,It was low tide. Sea weed...
June 7, 2009 - BCWolff
There were always lots of small boulders to carefully walk over, but the area is a lot wider now and has a lot more boulders surrounding Fall Creek. There are still large enough logs over the creek...