Mile 174 Report

November 14, 2022
by GasiorowskiM

Baker Beach west of Alder Dunes CG, north of Sutton Creek
Monday 11:00 AM
48° F
Moderate from the E
Tide Level:
3.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Footprints indicated a third person had been on the beach recently. There were also hoofprints on Mile 175 and the northern part of Mile 174, presumably from nearby C&M Stables.
Apparent Violations:
There was a limited amount of litter on the beach. Most seemed to be seaborne.
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 2
Activity Comments:
The car and Rs were at the Baker Beach trailhead and campground. Baker Beach Trail provides access to the northern part of Mile 175, at green-florescent navigation marker 95A. (See photo.) The only easy way to access Mile 174 is via Baker Beach Trail and Mile 175, since Sutton Creek blocks access from Mile 173.
Notable Wildlife:
The only wildlife I saw were a few shore birds at the southern end of Mile 174. They seemed to be snowy plovers.
Dead Birds:
Apparent snowy plovers.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Most shells on the beach were from razor clams, but there were also many crab shell remnants and a few round clams and cockles.
New Development:
There were no signs or barriers delineating snowy plover nesting sites on Mile 174 or Mile 175. A previous posting indicated there were such signs on Mile 174 in 2014. They may have been covered by sand, or perhaps this is no longer a restricted area.
Natural Changes:

Mile 174 is largely deserted, mainly because it is easily accessible only from the northern part of Mile 175.  There was some litter on the beach, together with various shells and seaweed.  A few shore birds were scurrying about at the southern end of Mile 174.

  • Entrance to Mile 175 beach from Baker Beach Trail, with navigational sign "95A."
    November 14, 2022
  • Southward view from north end of Mile 174 beach.
    November 14, 2022
  • Northward view from north end of Mile 174 beach.
    November 14, 2022
  • Shore birds (snowy plovers?) at south end of Mile 174.
    November 14, 2022
Other Mile 174 Reports (26)


May 11, 2014 - panda174
Footprints leading quite a ways into the snowy plover restricted area. They went right around the sign saying to keep out. Beach Ranger has been contacted.Hugh collection of trash along the high...
  • Clearly coming from passing ship.
  • This is all I found from the Tsunami Debris.
  • As far as the eye could see, buoys and trash litter the beach.
  • Footprints leading a long way into the snowy plover restricted area - right around the sign clearly saying to say out.
March 7, 2014 - panda174
A lovely, quiet and sunny day at the beach.


December 2, 2013 - panda174
Blustery Day! Took 2 pictures just as "King Tide" was abating. One facing North, one South.
  • Facing South just after the King Tide
August 22, 2013 - panda174
Two loud thunder rolls and then rain! What fun - sun came out eventually to a beautiful day. Found several things as mentioned: possibly dead pelican, 2 dead sharks, plover protection fence...
  • A 3-1/2 foot shark.
  • About 3 ft. long
  • Possible pelican?
  • Snowy Plover fence being covered by sand in several places.  Photo was taken in rain - hope you can see.
  • Sun shining on "my" mile after thunderstorm.
June 27, 2013 - panda174
Log washed up with numerous shells attached. Haven't seen that before. Uploading photo.Lovely overcast day on beach. Not any people or dogs on my mile except one transient. He appears to have come...
June 21, 2013 - panda174
Bad day for Dungeness Crabs! Millions of newly hatched crabs washed up along shore line & high tide line - as far as the eye could see! Pictures do not do the numbers justice. Also, took...
  • Millions washed up, as far as you could see North & South.
  • Could this be the cause of buckets of dead newly  hatched Dungeness Crabs?


December 2, 2012 - cheshire
The whale reported as being on this mile appears to actually be on mile 175. Please see that mile for details and photos.
November 18, 2012 - cheshire
The Siuslaw News reports that a 28-foot male humpback whale has washed ashore on this mile. It was spotted last weekend by a Coast Guard flyover. Apparently the whale died after something bit its...


October 25, 2011 - Foulkes
It was a lovely solitary walk along mile 174, with no major changes observed and no wildlife sightings.
September 16, 2011 - Foulkes
Three people walking on the beach had crossed over from the Sutton Creek Campground. Otherwise the beach showed little sign of human or wildlife activity. There was remarkably little litter or...


December 1, 2010 - Foulkes
Lots of kelp has washed up along with bird carcasses. A flock of sanderlings populated the low tide line.
August 19, 2010 - Foulkes
I encountered a sleek, youthful sea lion that raised its head as it first detected me passing by about 15 feet away, then got up on all four flippers and charged directly toward me. Fortunately for...
June 7, 2010 - Foulkes
Lots of litter washed in from the ocean, mostly bottles and jars. One dead seal. No roped-off areas for snowy plover protection.
March 4, 2010 - Foulkes
I was alone on the beach and saw no other living creature anywhere along mile 174. Lots of new driftwood has been washed ashore, including some very large logs and tree roots and occasional pieces...


December 3, 2009 - Foulkes
Very little change from the last report. Two dead seagulls, but little else to report.
September 17, 2009 - Foulkes
It was a calm day, the beach was clean, and there were no other people or animals around. The rope fence for Snowy Plover protection has been taken down, and there was evidence that walkers and...
February 8, 2009 - Foulkes
There were an extraordinary number of amber, sand-dollar-sized jelly fish washed up on shore along both mile 174 and 175. Large concentrations were gathered at the driftline and other strata, but...


September 23, 2008 - Foulkes
The beach was very clean. No birds were present, although marks in the sand indicated they had been there feeding earlier. Nothing unusual to report.
August 14, 2008 - Foulkes
Snowy plover fencing on the southern half of the mile has been blown or covered over in several places. A large Windermere Realty free brochure box has washed up.
March 13, 2008 - Foulkes
Lots of large driftwood washed in during winter storms.Bulldozer has smoothed the Baker Beach crossing to the beach.


October 31, 2007 - Foulkes
It was a beautiful morning on a relatively clean beach. I was passed three times be a white Forest Service truck that was driving along the beach going north, then south, then north again. The...
September 18, 2007 - Foulkes
A single lone seagull was the only living thing I observed. Diatoms marked the high tide line. Collections of horse droppings were the only unpleasant aspects of an otherwise beautifully clean...
August 9, 2007 - RPurscelley
Snowy Plover area, wire ringed and well marked to protect the nesting Plover.
May 15, 2007 - Foulkes
Long, telephone-like poles washed up to high levels on the beach. Many small crab carcasses at the shoreline and high-tide mark. Snowy plover roped protection for the mile, with the exception of a...
March 13, 2007 - Foulkes
The usual sanderlings, seagulls, and blackbirds were not present. Some large pieces of driftwood have washed up to the edges of the dunes. The caterpillar that is clearing areas both south and...


December 1, 2006 - Foulkes
Six large, tangled piles of Kelp all along the shore. Lots of new driftwood brought in by the recent storms.