Mile 55 Report

April 21, 2011
by malachite

South of Cape Blanco, north of CG beach access road
Thursday 8:30 AM
48° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
-1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Activity Comments:
When I arrived, the only vehicle in the parking lot was mine. When I left (after walking Mile 54 too), there were two. I saw only people on mile 54 when I walked there, saw none on mile 55.
Notable Wildlife:
Saw a Canadian goose sitting by the water, saw two others flying around, trying to land in a hollow high up in what I think is called needle rock at north end of the mile. Otherwise, saw only gulls, maybe a comorant.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Wood pieces
New Development:
perhaps additional work had been done on beach access road & drainage system.
Natural Changes:
No action to take.
Great morning on a beautiful beach. Although ORVs are allowed on this beach, I saw no tire tracks this morning. Tide was out. Beach was mostly clean, I saw some plastic bottles & what looked like something used in fishing (plastic also) among the driftlogs & rocks at the base of the bluff. This isn't the first time I've seen Canadian geese at the beach and I wonder if perhaps they are start to fill or trying to fill ecologic niches that used to be filled by other avian species. But those species have been hit harder/more easily decimated by human activities and loss of winter habitat (if migratory) or food supplies than the perhaps more adaptable Canadian geese. A very beautiful beach. Observed at least 3 plant species growing on higher reaches of the huge "needle" or whatever that huge rock is called that rises out of the beach near the north end of the mile.
  • April 21, 2011
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January 10, 2016 - Anonymous
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December 25, 2015 - Anonymous
A beautiful day for my first mile summary; a Christmas present, indeed. The beach was, as usual, sparsely populated around sunset/low tide. Not much wildlife to be seen, other than the usual tidepool...
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  • Needle rock is usually in the tideline and can't access the west side.


December 17, 2011 - [email protected]
A very nice day. Sunny and warm. Very little activity which is normal here. No erosion that I noticed.
October 15, 2011 - [email protected]
Beautiful dayHi Ed I filed a report today. I did my mile last week but did not get around to filinf till today. No problemsDon Mile 55
April 9, 2011 - [email protected]
Nice day for a walk. Very little wildlife except for some Canadian geese. I was alone but on my return walk two cars driving on the beach passed by. This is legal on this beach and not a concern.


February 22, 2010 - [email protected]
Started my coast watch walk at 10:00 AM. Parking lot was empty. No one was one the beach. Not one dead bird and no erosion to report. Beach access was clear. After my walk there was a retired...


October 30, 2009 - [email protected]
I arrived at the parking area which was full. The state park had few campers but there were many people visiting the beach. I asked one person who told me that the salmon fishing season had begun...
September 24, 2009 - [email protected]
I arrived just after 9 AM. No cars in the parking lot. I walked the mile and saw no dead bird or litter or evidence of erosion. The beach goes along a steep cliffside and I was surprised that...