Mile 263 Report

September 3, 2022
by ShelbyG

Cape Kiwanda State Park north end
Saturday 7:45 PM
558° F
Tide Level:
7.6 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
So foggy it was hard to see what folks were doing. Saw 3 men sitting by a fire.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Could see quite a few cars and trucks and there could have been more than I was able to count due to the fog.
Notable Wildlife:
12 seagulls walking along the beach line 1 robin walking along the access from the parking lot at Mc Phillips Beach
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
New Development:
Natural Changes:

Got to the beach at 750 p. m. expecting to see the last sunset after 8 p. m. for 2022 but fog had rolled in and it was to foggy to see much of anything. Could make out a few cars about 1/4 mile from the north end of Mile 263. At the access from the parking at McPhillips Beach there was a truck parked just to the south. Could make out other vehicles to the south and north but it was to foggy to actually see how many. 

  • To fogged in to see anything. This photo was about 1/4 mile from the north end of Mile 263
    September 3, 2022
  • The few cars I could see at the north end of Mile 263
    This photo was taken from the side of the road above the beach area at about 1/4 mile from the north end of Mile 263
    September 3, 2022
  • Walking down from the parking area at Mc Phillips Beach
    September 3, 2022
  • Looking north from Mc Phillips Beach Mile 263
    September 3, 2022
  • Looking south at McPhillips Beach Mile 263
    September 3, 2022
  • Looking towards the ocean from McPhillips Beach at the access from the parking lot above.
    September 3, 2022
  • Looking up the access road from the beach area Mile 263
    September 3, 2022
  • McPhillips Beach parking lot...tho to cloudy for the sunset we managed a photo of the moon
    September 3, 2022
  • Potholes in the access road from the parking lot at McPhillips Beach Mile263
    September 3, 2022
Other Mile 263 Reports (17)


September 1, 2022 - ShelbyG
3 drivers in trucks doing donuts in the sand. 2 motorcyclists flying a drone. One van of 5 adults & 7 children. Kids ran into the surf then to large rocks to climb. Lots of crab and clam shells. 


October 29, 2017 - emrae2887


March 8, 2013 - connierbruce
Nothing out of the ordinary for a sunny weekday afternoon.The old sinkhole repair at Cape Drive and Ferry Road is beginning to erode away. From the beach one can see drainage pipes which were buried...


July 29, 2012 - connierbruce
Nothing notable or unusual. Used McPhillips beach access. Four or five vehicles came and went during my hour's walk using this access.
January 23, 2012 - connierbruce
Over the past year (reports intended each time) we have walked and observed this and miles to north and south many times. It would be hard to gauge the increase in people using these beach accesses,...


December 4, 2011 - olsonko
December report: joyriders driving up bluffs. See report for details.


June 17, 2010 - connierbruce
I am often on the Cape and view mile 262 into 263. I often drive past the other part of 263. The 29 autos is the most I have noted on summer weekends of the past.


March 12, 2009 - connierbruce
We observe 262 & 263 several times a week. Usual and typical activities: 3 or 4 cars, walkers with dogs or looking for agates, 3 or 4 jet skis in surf, and occasionally tracks of jeep or...


December 9, 2008 - connierbruce
Not much activity mid-week wintertime.
September 15, 2008 - connierbruce
Normal usage nowadays is up over the years. Very little litter considering the many fire pits.
June 4, 2008 - olsonko
Driving on beach dangerously fast & using pickup to load driftwood. Six large illegal fires very close to dunegrass & shrubs. More litter than ever; broken glass bottles in cave. Bright...
May 26, 2008 - connierbruce
Relatively light use on a cloudy and cool Memorial Day: 16 people, 6 dogs, 2 jet skis, 14 vehicles on beach
March 1, 2008 - olsonko
Yearling harbor seal stranded in land cave 1/2 way down mile as tide receding. Called Jim Rice at Hatfield Marine Sci Ctr at office (541-867-0100) Then on Marine Mammal Hotline (541-270-6830). He...
February 25, 2008 - connierbruce
Other than the storm related sand removal uncovering many rocks as it does every winter, nothing unusual noted
January 21, 2008 - connierbruce
Sand at McPhillips access is gone, exposing cobbles and gravel. The base of the slide area is crumbling; otherwise much the same as in previous winters.


August 19, 2007 - olsonko
The Cape Kiwanda State Park access point continues to experience high vehicle counts. People drive at excessive speed, often using trucks with dogs running behind to exercise them. Litter and...
June 13, 2007 - connierbruce
No noticeable change in slide area. Rocks on beach uncovered at low tide. Large (30?) group of pelicans fishing, even larger group of gulls. No shorebirds. Not much in the way of human made beach...