Mile 156 Report

October 8, 2010
by oldMGguy

Oregon Dunes NRA, over dunes from Tahkenitch Creek
Friday 1:00 PM
68° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
One gull, one crow, the third was too far gone to ID.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Occasional bits and pieces of Moon jellies washed up.
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells
Black plastic net floats with Asian markings were strewn along the beach ( about a dozen in all)
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Due to the nice weather, I hiked the entire 4.5- mile US Forest Service's Oregon Dunes Overlook Loop Trail #1334. From the parking lot, it's a short mile to the beach, then 1.1 miles down the beach to the southwest loop trailhead that loops back to the parking lot via a sand trail thru dunes, a tree island, and deflation plain.If you want to have a mile of Oregon beach entirely to yourself, do this hike on a weekday!Nothing out of the ordinary to report, except there's quite a pile of floats, crab pot rope, styrofoam, plastic bottles, etc at both beach trailheads that hikers have pulled off the beach and deposited back behind the first dune line.
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