Mile 48 Report

November 6, 2021
by Skip-Jane-Legacy

Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek
Saturday 9:30 AM
Party cloudy
53° F
Calm/Light from the W
Tide Level:
4.9 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
A woman (and her husband) was cleaning up plastics around mid-beach. Said they take it to the place that makes art out of it. We gave them some things we found.
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
The OHV looked like an adapted e-bile or very small motorcycle. Wasn't doing much other than riding out and back - not much beach available.
Notable Wildlife:
Just the "usual" birds - seagulls - on the beach and some other water birds (don't know the species) out beyond the surf.
Dead Birds:
Don't know the species - see photo.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Lots of trash, probably washed in on the first of the King Tides. Sea-based debris was green nylon ropes.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff
Saw some downed trees that I think are newly washed down the cliff, some signs it being new are the muddy rivulets of water at the base of the root wad of a tipped over tree. See pix.

Couldn't get to the south end of the mile due to the King Tide waves running up too high. Risked getting cut off from being able to get back to the parking lot. Took pix down the beach from the middle. Didn't see any huge issues or concerns, other than the amount of debris that had been washed up and wondering about cleanup efforts after the series of King Tides is over. Looks like it would take a LOT of effort to clean up, and curious to know if anything is planned. We drove to Hubbard Creek access and went down on the south side of the creek (not Mile 48) but couldn't get across the creek to walk the southern section of the mile.

  • Muddy water from fresh fallen tree
    Muddy water from fresh fallen tree
    About 1/4 of the way south from the parking lot.
    November 6, 2021
  • Winter sand build-up washed away from rocks
    Winter sand build-up washed away from rocks
    About 1/3 mile south from wayside parking lot.
    November 6, 2021
  • View south from the center of the mile
    View south from the center of the mile, where we turned around. Tide was already running high enough we worried we couldn't get back if we went all the way. 5.29' at 9:42 (High tide wasn't until 1pm)
    Mid-point of the mile.
    November 6, 2021
  • Waves stacking up between the rocks at mid-mile
    Waves stacking up between the rocks at mid-mile - pic doesn't do it justice.
    November 6, 2021
  • Don't remember seeing these two downed trees before
    Don't remember seeing these two downed trees before
    About 1/3 mile south from the parking lot.
    November 6, 2021
  • Dead bird - species unknown to me
    Dead bird - species unknown to me. Only one I saw on Battle Rock Beach.
    About 1/3 of the way south from parking lot.
    November 6, 2021
  • View north from Hubbard Creek
    View north from Hubbard Creek - we couldn't get across to see the southern half of the mile.
    Southern bank of Hubbard Creek, looking north/northwest.
    November 6, 2021
Other Mile 48 Reports (15)


May 5, 2022 - JaneSkipLegacy
The beach looked clean, people and dogs were well behaved. The landslide from January 2021 is stabilizing.
  • Plant life is returning to the area that slid last winter.
  • Long view of the slide area
  • Comparison pic
March 29, 2022 - jessejones
A group of nine people today were part of a training for a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) marine debris survey training. CoastWatch coordinated and led the training, which was...


December 31, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy
The beach looked good today. Not much litter or storm debris. The previous high tide packed down the sand all the way to the boulders so it was easy walking. A few unique objects: an office chair at...
  • micro pieces of plastic in the wrack line
  • Why bag the dog poop if you're not going to pick up the bag?
  • WTF??
  • The wrack line was at the edge of the beach
  • Down tree that fell last summer or fall
  • Still no vegetation growing on last winter's landslide
  • Some little kid must be sad to lose this guy
  • Pallet in Hubbard Creek
July 31, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy
Hubbard Creek has "drifted" pretty far north/northwest, but it appears to be natural.There were several groups of people on the beach and coming down while we did the report. I only counted the cars...
  • Landslide near Battle Rock Beach
  • Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
  • Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
  • Depth of Landslide at mid-point Battle Rock Beach
  • Carcass of some kind of marine mammal
  • Carcass of large dead marine mammal
  • Carcass of large dead marine mammal
  • more of the landslide
  • more of the landslide
  • Hubbard Creek
  • Fire ring at driftwood structure
  • Foundation of driftwood structure
  • remains of surfer's camp structure
  • signs of campfire that wasn't in a ring, or put out
  • Dead tree still hanging in there
April 18, 2021 - Skip-Jane-Legacy
Saw a cement culvert in the water near one of the sea stacks. Found a piece of coral that still had pink on it - not sure if that means it's fresh or not. Did not see any others. Sand was still high...
  • Ochre Sea Stars on Battle Rock
  • Foggy day among the sea stacks on Battle Rock Beach
  • Foggy day at low tide - Battle Rock Beach
  • Anemones look fat and happy.
  • Landslide - for comparison to photo from last (winter) report
  • Fish head found on beach
  • Elaborate driftwood structure near Hubbard Creek.
January 14, 2021 - JaneSkipLegacy
This visit was just a day after a series of king tides and heavy rain. More logs on the beach than usual and one massive new landslide. I asked a two of the few people I met on the beach about the "...
  • Sunrise over Port Orford Beach
  • Pyrosome
  • New Landslide
  • New Landslide
  • New Landslide
  • New Landslide


October 16, 2020 - JaneSkipLegacy
The beach was quiet on this beautiful autumn day. We saw two people riding horses on the beach, which we had not seen here before and someone flying a kite. The ride was dropping toward a minus tide...
August 22, 2020 - alaingamerica
Very pleasant day. Many people enjoying the beach. Dead birds distributed throughout mile, at least 3 different species. Removed a grocery bag full of litter including firework leftovers and dog poop...
  • Spineless sea urchin
  • Sea stars
  • Litter conundrum
  •  tiny sea star
  • Camping?


October 23, 2019 - alaingamerica
Took a short walk on the beach and found 10 "intact" beached birds, most likely Common Murres. (no gloves!)


July 4, 2015 - alaingamerica
Just taking a walk on the beach, and noticed a large amount of immature sand crabs in the wrack line.
  • A remarkable wash up of little sand crabs, I believe they are immature.
  • A closer look at what I believe is called Emerita


November 5, 2014 - [email protected]
First time ever walking this beach after many many times observing it from the public rest area on the bluff above. Surprised at the amount of people using the beach at this time of yearVery surprise...


April 4, 2012 - Muriah
Finder of the huge float said that it looked like the one in the photo in the newspaper that was said to be possibly from the Japanese Tsunami. I sent this photo to meteorologist who sent it to NOAA...
  • Eanshin name embossed into huge float


May 7, 2008 - cprince
eveything was relatively peaceful and clean! this will be my last report for this mile, as i am moving to portland.thanks everyone for caring for our beautiful coastline!
February 16, 2008 - cprince
another beautiful day, more than average human/dog/vehicle traffic on the beach. the small black and white birds i saw last week were gone, found a few dead seagulls and one black and white gull,...
  • this is one of many dead gulls i saw down near hubbard creek. that is their main hang out, right along the creek. i assume they perished in the bad weather. no oil or any obvious cause of death.
  • rock piles on beach 1/2 way down mile 48. very un-typical of this beach, at least in the 5 yrs. i have walked it.
February 11, 2008 - cprince
the most notable difference from the last time i visited, about a month ago, was that there were large piles of rocks 1/2 way down the mile. it was difficult walking over them, and they lay from the...