Mile 192 Report

June 15, 2009
by mcrobbins

Cape Perpetua north
Monday 1:00 PM
65° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
1.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
We saw 2-3 dozen pelicans. Also we saw a pair of oystercatchers that seemed to be exhibiting nesting behavior.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
The day was sunny and warm, with a light breeze, and only a few other people were out exploring. The tide was low, giving us opportunity to explore the edges of the rocky shore. Much sand has returned to inlets and coves, and there are large areas of sand in various places on the flat, rocky shelves along the shore. Because of the low tide we were able to see large numbers of seastars clustered along the bottom of the rocks close to the water, more than we have seen in one place before. Mussels were thickly clustered on all rocks close to the water, and there were barnacles and limpets. There were many young barnacles on rocks even at the fringes of the intertidal zone, as well as many small snails. There were many fresh water pools, fed by seepage and runoff, full of tadpoles and water insects. We saw a large, open egg casing in a tidepool, which we speculated might be a skate casing. We sighted one whale close to shore, headed south at a good pace. Like last year at this time, there was not a lot of bird activity on the surface of the ocean. We did see 2 or 3 dozen pelicans skimming the waves, many gulls on the rocks at the south end of the mile, cormorants on the rocks and diving for fish in the water, and a few pigeon guillemots. A pair of oystercatchers was very territorial about one rocky area of the shore, and we assume there must be a nest there. We did see sealions on the rocks and in the water. We gathered some litter, of both marine and land origin, but overall the rocky shore was fairly clean without much visible impact of human activity. Like last year at this time the wildflowers were impressive, particularly sea thrift, foxgloves, wild irises, and seep spring monkey flowers.
Other Mile 192 Reports (12)


December 29, 2019 - [email protected]
Very bad year for the seagulls and oystercatchers on the Cleft of the Rock sanctuary.  All of the seagulls hatchlings were killed by eagles or other natural reasons.  The eagles seem to be thriving...
  • 63 Windy Way South
  • 93 Gender Drive
  • 93 Gender Drive
  • Gender Drive Facing West
  • North Face of Cape Perpetua
  • Cape Perpetua
  • Cleft of the Rock sanctuary


December 31, 2018 - [email protected]
Since much of my mile is rocky with steep embankments, I can't really get down to view it from eye level.  As such, the most significant things I notice are a lot more large stumps and more debris. ...
  • North Cape Perpetua area, looking north during low tide.
  • North Cape Perpetua looking north at high tide
  • North Cape Perpetua area looking west low tide
  • North Cape Perpetua area looking west high tide
  • Windy Way, Yachats High Tide
  • Windy Way, Yachats OR, South


November 10, 2017 - [email protected]
I can't get down to the water on much of my mile but I will try as soon as I get a dry day.  Most of these observations are from cliffs above the water.  Suprised by how much large wood and tree...
  • Calm day at gull colony
  • Next day at the gull colony


February 21, 2010 - mcrobbins
Despite warmer than normal temperatures since December, the main sign of the coming change of seasons was the widespread growth of bright green algae around pools and runoff areas on all the rocky...


August 29, 2009 - mcrobbins
The weekend was mild, but foggy and damp from the recent rain, and mile 192 was deserted except for a couple enjoying a walk on the rocks and a man walking two small dogs. There was quite a bit of...
March 13, 2009 - mcrobbins
Spring is not very much in evidence on mile 192, although there are subtle signs of change. There is plentiful new algal growth in and around areas of seepage and runoff in the rocky areas,...


September 21, 2008 - mcrobbins
Despite the mild weekend weather, we did not see much human activity during our walk, except at the beach access directly off Yachats Ocean Road. There was a house being remodelled at the north end...
June 8, 2008 - mcrobbins
The day was sunny, though cool and breezy. We saw 10 people walking on the rocks and sand close to public access points. There are many signs of the recent rainfall. Creeks and runoffs are quite full...
March 2, 2008 - mcrobbins
We observed no significant erosion or changes due to winter weather or human activity, hardly surprising considering the rocky nature of the shoreline on this mile. As happened last year there was...


September 18, 2007 - mcrobbins
Like our last mile observation, today was uneventful. There were a few people taking in ocean views at Yachats Ocean Road, but elsewhere there was little evidence of human activity. The rental house...
June 18, 2007 - mcrobbins
This mile observation was pretty uneventful and there was little to observe other than normal seasonal changes. We noted no new development along the mile. There was quite a lot of new driftwood at...
March 11, 2007 - mcrobbins
We noticed remarkably little evidence of damage or erosion from winter storms. There was minor slumping of some bluff edges at the south end of mile 192, but nothing major or significant. There was a...