Mile 55 Report

December 25, 2015
by Anonymous

South of Cape Blanco, north of CG beach access road
Friday 4:00 PM
50° F
Tide Level:
-1.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
The minus tide allowed for more observation of a robust population of large green anemones (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) and several orange and purple sea stars. A few nesting coromants, not as many as I've seen.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
A 5-ft diameter buoy had washed into rocks and two people were rolling it down the beach
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Erosion of vegetated foredune
Landslides/major boulder falls; Minor landslides on sandstone cliffs, sand pileup next to cliffs, caves dug out of cliff with debris inside them, lots of big and small driftwood, including logjam of 20 feet or so in front of the road access to beach, blocking it from vehicles.

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 creatures. Could observe the ocean side of needle rock and the usually offshore smaller rocks, and was able to climb around the lighthouse point to see the hidden beach on the other side (but I didn't go because it was getting late). The shoreline and beach saw the effects of the storms and king tides, with landslides, new sand drifts, debris, and driftwood pileup along the top of the beach near the cliffs, including a logjam of about 20 feet of large logs blocking the access road completely and making it difficult to get through without climbing. Someone found a large 5-ft buoy in the rocks at Lighthouse point that he decided to take home, rolling it down the beach. Other marine debris (perhaps from the Jamie K, which wrecked there in fall?) had washed ashore near the point.

  • 5-ft buoy washed ashore
    5-ft buoy washed ashore
    Needle rock from shoreline, below Cape Blanco Light on Cape Blanco Beach.
    December 25, 2015
  • Needle rock is usually in the tideline and can't access the west side.
    Needle rock is usually in the tideline and can't access the west side.
    West side of Needle Rock, north side of Cape Blanco Beach
    December 25, 2015
Other Mile 55 Reports (9)


April 17, 2022 - KFunk
This beautiful beach is accessed by a road in the campground in Cape Blanco State Park. There were many people collecting rocks at low tide and a few cars collecting driftwood. In general, the beach...
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  • Tire Trash


January 10, 2016 - Anonymous
Wanted to document the driftwood pile-up that's been in place for the past few weeks at Cape Blanco beach. The good news: it blocks auto/ATV ingress on the access road. The bad news: it is a bit hard...
  • Logjam blocking the access road, near a particularly high tide (over 8 ft).


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 21, 2011 - malachite
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...
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...