Mile 280 Report

September 20, 2011
by dmurray096@aol.com

Location:
Tillamook
North of Happy Camp, south of Oceanside
Conditions:
Tuesday 11:00 AM
Sunny
66° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
33
Dogs:
5
Activities:
Walking / Running:
20
Playing in surf:
1
Fishing:
12
Concerns:
Litter
Apparent Violations:
One deserted campfire with 12-14 beer cans, some partially burned
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
12
Activity Comments:
People generally staying within Mile 280 having accessed the beach from the Happy Camp boat landing. No one seen to have come down from Mile 281, Oceanside.Several of the people we chatted with were from out-of-state having come on annual visits.
Notable Wildlife:
Only 7 seagulls seen within the mile. This seems like too few, but this is our first walk so we have no frame of reference.
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Shells·Small rocks
Almost exclusively sea grass in the drift line. No sign of bull kelp on this day. Scattered pebbles, a few broken shells
New Development:
Modifications:
We took several photos of existing modifications so that we can be aware of changes in future reports
Natural Changes:
There are signs of cracks in the bluff up high and slides from the dunes down lower. We noted current conditions to compare with future visits
Comments:
We are excited to be new volunteers and getting to know "our mile". Am I correct in thinking the The Capes development on the top of the bluff was surrounded in controversy several years ago? Are there specific things we should be looking for with regard to this area?
Summary:
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 to this spot over several years. 5 dogs walking with owners who were keeping them well controlled. There were recent tracks from vehicles in the sand but none present.The drift line was almost exclusively sea grass with no evidence of bull kelp. Scattered pebbles, broken sand dollars, mussel shells, and a couple of razor clam shells but overall, the beach was very clean sand the entire length of the mile.This was our first official visit so we took many pictures to set a baseline for observing any future changes.
  • 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.
    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.
    September 20, 2011
  • 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.
    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.
    N 45.4514 W123.9650
    June 15, 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

December 21, 2011 - dmurray096@aol.com
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...
  • The sand has dropped below the erosion fence since our last visit
  • lots of tracks going up and down the sand slide to the top of the bluff
  • 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.
  • large rock dislodged from the cliff face

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...