Mile 181 Report

October 5, 2022
by lectricriderone

Carl G. Washburne SP, Blowout Creek
Wednesday 12:00 AM
62° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
3.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 3
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Seagrass, kelp, crab, gulls.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Sand retreating and rocks exposed.

Very small surf.  


The beach at mile 181 appears natural and free of changes.  There are very few areas of dry sand or dunes.   The tide comes almost to the cliff and path to the entrance.  A few logs are visible at the high tide line.  The beach is very flat and sand is firmly packed. The cool and foggy weather seems to limit the length of public visits on the sand.     Errosion is minimal.  

  • Washburne Beach entrance
    State marker for entrance to parking area.
    State marker for mile 92,
    October 5, 2022
  • Tide line
    1/10 of a mile south of beach entrance trail.
    October 5, 2022
  • Looking south from Washburne Beach entrance.
    Dune and beach looking south east.
    .2 miles south of beach main entrance.
    October 5, 2022
Other Mile 181 Reports (31)


April 7, 2022 - lectricriderone
Mile 181 is evolving on a natural path with very little human caused changes.  I walked right past the stairs to the day use parking area because it's camouflaged well.  Logs, driftwood, and clean...
  • Blowout Creek


December 17, 2021 - lectricriderone
It appears that the normal pattern of beach evolution is happening at mile 181.   Erosion, large waves, high tides and wind.    I see Blowout Creek is higher than my last visit.   Large logs are...
  • Carl Washburne walkup
  • Blowout Creek
  • tide line
August 11, 2021 - lectricriderone
It was a quiet morning at mile 181.  I didn't find any litter or plastic.  The waves were small.  The beach had dunes which had trapped small ponds of water.  Weeks of windy days has caused this....
  • Carl Washburne entrance
  • Looking south at Heceta Head.
  • Trapped seawater


December 5, 2020 - lectricriderone
It seems a perfect storm of covid, high tides, floating logs, and restrictions on facilities has kept people from visiting mile 181 recently.  There's still a lot of sand near the walk up to the...
  • mile 181
  • Washburne Beach logs
  • Blowout Creek
August 19, 2020 - lectricriderone
Fewer people using the beach generally over the summer and shorter visit times is helping to keep mile 181 wild and clean.  The high sand keeps most of the beach above the tide.  It protects the path...
  • Mile 92 sign. mile 181
  • Blowout Creek
  • Parking Advisory


October 23, 2019 - lectricriderone
It was all quiet along mile 181 today.  Few people and almost no trash to be found.  Sand: clean..Water: clear, Birds: appear well fed.  Sand level high.  No dunes.  Blowout Creek water level is low...
  • Carl Washburne Trail Marker
  • Tideline. mile 181
  • Mile 181 South view
  • Blowout Creek Oregon
August 6, 2019 - lectricriderone
There were lots of people enjoying the roads and campground at mile 181, but not many people on that paticular beach.  Cool and cloudy weather on a weekday may explain part of the reason.  A few...
  • Mile 181 Northern boundary
  • Tide line
  • Blowout Creek
April 30, 2019 - lectricriderone
I saw lots of dungenous crab shells and sandcrab shells.  I remember last year had remains of crabs in spring.   In the morning it's uncrowded and even more so due to school still in session.  I saw...
  • Carl Burnside
  • Carl Washburne Walkup trail
  • Blowout Creek
February 21, 2019 - lectricriderone
Lots of wood in the tide line suggests to me the recent storm action is at work.  Driftwood was partly blocking the trail to the beach.  There was water surging up Blowout Creek when the water came...
  • Blowout Creek
  • Tide line


February 7, 2016 - PhotoJim
Lots of people on the beach, parking lot full, people trolling for parking spots, both at the day use and at the 101 Hobbit beach parking. Logs at edge of bluffs.
  • From the beach trail head looking south
  • Looking North up the beach from the Day Use entrance to the beach
  • A log appaently washed up against the bluff edge.
  • Some one once told me that the antennas just north of the Day Use were OSU research antennas. Also shows more of the logs washed up along the bluff


October 27, 2015 - Anonymous
Few humans, clean beach, probably scoured by King Tide which occurred the night before. Only one piece of litter found, a 12" piece of rope. The photos, taken at mid-tide (receding) show an all sand...
  • Standing at N. end coordinates of mile 181, with Heceta Head to South (2 miles distant). Used GPS with +/-9' accuracy.
  • Two small bunches of Bull kelp were found on the beach.
  • Driftwood found only at vegetation line.
  • Blowout Creek was low flow rate and volume, 6" max. depth in spots, but generally flat and widening as it met the ocean. Easily crossed in shoes with a few hops.
  • These rocks are within 25' of the south coordinates for mile 181 (per GPS at +/- 9').


November 23, 2013 - hellion3
Most beautiful day I have ever seen there. Clear sunny sky as far as you could see. No major problems noted.Will submit photos on next walk.
November 14, 2013 - hellion3
Cloudy day. Temperature moderate. No debris visible.
October 18, 2013 - hellion3
Very foggy albeit quite comfortable. Could see no changes to be noted. More sand from recent winds, not as flat as before near the entrance from the Washburne entrance.
October 12, 2013 - hellion3
Quiet afternoon on the beach. Little debris.
September 27, 2013 - hellion3
Lovely afternoon walk. Almost no activity on beach. Overcast and misty.
June 23, 2013 - hellion3
Quiet foggy day at the beach.


July 1, 2012 - McKimens
Unusually flat sea. Found a piece of foam with broken copper pipe and plastic pipe...perhaps from a boat, but was clean, nothing clinging to it...Picked up a full grocery bag full of pieces of foam...
February 1, 2012 - McKimens
There seems no stopping the need to climb and dig in bluffs..."graffiti" many of this seems to come from the Hobbit trail north... Picked up one bag of garbage


December 27, 2011 - J&KRICHARDSON
Was happy to see the beach so clean, no large garbage and very little plastic debris. More driftwood up on shore. Happy to see Mile 181 in such great shape.
  • Nothing like last year. Very little plastic. More wood than anything else.
  • Whatever they were doing - they were very busy and not bothered by us or our dog.
  • where we use to see tons of plastic
  • Very small compared to a year ago.
  • This where lots of plastic would collect. Now we are seeing heavy logs.
  • Brrrrrrr. it was a cold day at the beach, but once you start going you get lost in the beauty.
February 5, 2011 - McKimens
Ancient stumps uncovered, one I haven't seen in years past toward bluff near stairs. Some cobbles uncovered, agate hunting folks from Port Orford.


August 4, 2010 - J&KRICHARDSON
A wonderful day on the beach. It seemed everyone was out enjoying the day today. Many more birds and people with pets on the beach. It was nice and mild, with a light wind and a nice fog.A little...
  • A glimpse of the shoreline.
June 7, 2010 - [email protected]
Beautiful day, very sunny. Lots of dead crabs and shells, some ocean debris on beach and just a little litter left by visitors.
January 31, 2010 - J&KRICHARDSON
This was our first walk on this portion of beach. Low tide was at 7:30 a.m. and we ventured onto the beach from Hobbit Beach Trail around 10:00 a.m. A very mild day, light wind with clear skies. We...
  • Parking on 101, You enter the Hobbit Beach Trail.A beautiful hike in almost an enchanted forest. A nice trail that sometimes can become slippery. The trail tunnels (with trees and brush closing in on all sides) and then you are on the beach.
  • The arrow points to a group of rocks just off shore, this is our starting point of Mile #181.As you can see, a beautiful day.
  • from June 2009. I can't believe it lasted.
  • Just beyond this photo the shoreline becomes low and grassy.
  • Well really just rope, plastic and paper.See ya next time!Kyle, Jackie & Worf


July 23, 2008 - [email protected]
Beautiful windy day, people and dogs enjoying sunny weather. Lots of crab molts, very little litter.
February 25, 2008 - McKimens
The most deserted we have seen it...some parts of ancient stumps still visible above sand...


September 23, 2007 - [email protected]
Beautiful day, calm and sunny. Lots of crab molts. Noticeable changes in sand levels creating uneven sand dunes and exposing some large rocks. Picked up two small bags of trash.
June 19, 2007 - McKimens
Sand removed by currents. Ancient stumps and roots exposed cobbles in view north.
May 27, 2007 - [email protected]
Beautiful day, lots of people and dogs enjoying the coast. Low tide and ocean was calm. Lots of little crab molts and stones on beach. Picked up garbage bag full of litter from people and fishing...
March 4, 2007 - [email protected]
People and dogs enjoying the area. Some litter, Shorebirds foraging in the surf.
January 3, 2007 - [email protected]
Windy and rainy day, more rocks exposed with washed up kelp and animal casings.