Mile 156 Report

September 8, 2010
by JELong

Location:
Douglas
Oregon Dunes NRA, over dunes from Tahkenitch Creek
Conditions:
Wednesday 1:00 PM
Sunny
63° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the S
Tide Level:
8.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
0
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
5
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Mile 156 is a somewhat remote stretch of beach, so on a weekday it is rare to find people here.
Notable Wildlife:
5 Sea Gulls; a large crab walking along the top of the surf line (it eventually dug itself down into the sand, I didn't know they did that!); 15 to 20 Sanderlings.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
1
Medium sized dead seal carcass, mostly devoured at this point, lying in the sand just above the recent high tide line.
Fish & Invertebrates:
2 jellyfish, just below the recent high tide line.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Shells·Small rocks
several plastic bottles, very large plastic survey stakes, a peeled wooden pole, 3 foam floats.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Not much out of the ordinary for this stretch of beach. The summer winds had blown sand back onto the beach and filled in along the base of the foredune, covering a lot of the more permanent old driftwood stumps and logs as well as other debris. The only evidence of humans were the tire tracks of the Forest Service truck that the biologists use to monitor the Snowy Plover nesting area on the sand spit north of the mouth of Tachenitch Creek.
Summary:
Not much out of the ordinary for this stretch of beach. The summer winds had blown sand back onto the beach and filled in along the base of the foredune, covering a lot of the more permanent old driftwood stumps and logs as well as other debris. The only evidence of humans were the tire tracks of the Forest Service truck that the biologists use to monitor the Snowy Plover nesting area on the sand spit north of the mouth of Tahkenitch Creek.
Other Mile 156 Reports (9)

2015

February 22, 2015 - Radioguy
I had been wondering how I could get all the trash off my mile of beach since it is relatively remote in an area where vehicles are not normally permitted. The Surfrider beach cleanup was a welcome...
January 22, 2015 - Radioguy
I cross Mile 157 to get to mile 156. Not much going on on this remote section of beach. Saw a few footprints of walkers but no motorized tracks. There's some trash washed up, floats, bottles and a...

2014

August 19, 2014 - Radioguy
My first trip to mile 156. I had to cross mile 157 to get to "my" mile. Both miles had no significant issues to report. About a four hour round trip walk from the Oregon Dunes Overlook parking lot...

2012

June 20, 2012 - JELong
The entire length of mile 156 is now a protected nesting zone for Snowy Plovers. It has been roped off from behind the fore-dune to approximately 10 feet above the summer mean high tide line. This...

2010

October 8, 2010 - oldMGguy
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...
March 23, 2010 - JELong
What a great March day on the Oregon Coast! Almost still in the morning, no clouds or wind, temp around 60, just my dear friend Bonnie and I hiking the dunes and the beach north of the mouth of...

2008

June 21, 2008 - JELong
We saw very little wildife activity, only a few small shorebirds and the one eagle. There were extremely few items of any kind washed ashore, they had probably already been buried under the influx...
March 8, 2008 - JELong
I hiked with my friend Bonnie on her mile, 157, then we headed south down my mile, 156. We both noted the almost total absence of foredune erosion or sand scouring on the upper beach. Although the...

2007

May 26, 2007 - JELong
I saw more people on my mile this time than ever. I believe this was because it was Memorial Day weekend, and a group of about 8 people had hiked in and camped on one of the oxbows of Tahkenitch...