Mile 192 Report

March 2, 2008
by mcrobbins

Cape Perpetua north
Sunday 1:30 PM
Party cloudy
51° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
1.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
We saw a number of birds foraging among the rocks: gulls, oystercatchers, and several groups of (we believe) black turnstones. There were surf scoters in the water, but not in the same numbers as later in the year. We did not see pigeon guillemots or pelicans this time.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
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 some minor slumping of bluff edges at the south end of the mile and at the mouth of Gender Creek, but really not much erosion. There were new accumulations of driftwood at all inlets, and some marine debris and garbage, but less than we have seen previously. Most sandy deposits on the rocky shelves adjacent to the water are gone, but most of these same rocky areas within 100 feet or so of the water are thickly carpeted with barnacles. Mussel colonies are abundant and there are many of the dark colored ochre seastars. Deposits of mussel shells, particularly at the inlet at the south end of Yachats, are evidence of many birds feeding. There was much bird activity, noteably several flocks of, we think, black turnstones feeding among the rocks and bathing in the numerous pools of water. There were also several oystercatchers, some rock sandpipers,surf scoters and a grebe or two in the water. In the rocks south of Yachats Ocean Road access we found numerous "beach balls", those spherical conglomerations of sticks, seaweed and other debris that are formed by wave action and average in size 4-6 inches in diameter. Interestingly, the majority of these started forming around bits of rope, netting, or other debris of human origin. This is the first time we've seen these here, and we found them only in this one area the mile.
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...
June 15, 2009 - mcrobbins
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...
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...


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...