Mile 54 Report

March 14, 2007
by mvolson

South of Cape Blanco, access road to Elk River
Wednesday 3:45 PM
60° F
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
0.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Driftwood removal·Litter
Apparent Violations:
signs of sawmill on 3/31
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
15 sanderlings
Dead Birds:
one rhino. auklet
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Visible retreat of solid bluff
This was my first look as a Coast Watcher at mile 54, so I am still trying to establish a baseline.
Other Mile 54 Reports (16)


April 16, 2021 - rtempesta
Elk River backed up by sand bank and not flowing into ocean. Access to this streach of beach just opened back up March 1st.


August 3, 2018 - rtempesta
February 23, 2018 - rtempesta
Wind started out from the SW, then rotated up to the NW. Also, there were 15 or so sheep feeding on the bluffs and cliffs. Quite a bit of erosion on the bluffs close to the Elk River. A large hole...
  • Mouth of Elk river.


May 17, 2014 - mvolson
Fifteen people were using the beach or surf, along with 6 dogs. Children played in the creek, most adults were walking or playing with dogs. A large group of gulls, along with several pelicans and a...


September 12, 2012 - mvolson
Mile 54 was clean and quiet. Fewer dead birds than in the past. One dead seal. No evidence of sawmill activity.


April 21, 2011 - malachite
Lovely day on the beach at Cape Blanco state park. I noted that (going from bottom to top) base dark, clayish layer, shell strata grading into sand then gravel strata looked as though they'd all...
  • Photo taken from just below parking closest to the beach at Cape Blanco.  Camera has time listed as about 8am, apparently it never corrected for DST.  Probably right around low tide.
  • Photo taken from almost same location as first uploaded photo but approximately 2 hours later.
  • "Black" clay strata w/channels formed by (probably) rain/runoff, & some very small slides.  South end of mile 54.


August 8, 2010 - mvolson
Mile 54 showed signs of heavy human use: vehicle tracks, driftwood construction, several campfire sites. Nevertheless, there was very little trash, and most of that looked as if it had washed...
February 24, 2010 - malachite
A windy walk on beautiful beach. The beach appearance was quite different from my last visit (May 2009)--this is not my mile, I'm just 1/2x/year visitor. The number of driftlogs on the beach...
  • looking north along the beach, showing low tide beach.


May 30, 2009 - mvolson
No significant changes since last visit except for lots of vehicle tracks on dunes near base of bluff.
May 14, 2009 - malachite
Pleasant "evening on day after at a storm" beach walk. Vulture, possible eagle, cliff swallows and brown pelicans observed. Dead seal on beach. A solitary walk on a very beautiful beach.
March 21, 2009 - mvolson
A total of 18 people were on the beach, most seemingly beachcombing. Two played in the surf. Two of the 4 dogs were on leash. One vehicle parked on the beach near entry.A few seagulls and partial...


July 14, 2008 - mvolson
No significant changes since last report. The beach was extremely clean of all human-produced debris, even though there was evidence of considerable use in recent weeks--many driftwood structures,...
March 29, 2008 - mvolson
This beach is always quite clean. The extra debris this time was probably mostly from winter storms. It did look as though the northern dune area near the base of the bluff had taken a beating.
January 1, 2008 - mvolson
This report is to take the place of the December report. The beach was very clean, peaceful, and relatively unchanged from last quarter.


September 3, 2007 - mvolson
Although the beach had obviously been heavily used over the Labor Day weekend, there was virtually no human-generated trash. Everything looked fine except for the tire tracks in the dunes near the...
June 18, 2007 - mvolson
The beach was very clean and empty, except for the few people and one vehicle and a couple of dogs. There were many more tire prints than previously. Usually one would see more birds, at least sea...