Mile 55 Report

September 24, 2009
by [email protected]

South of Cape Blanco, north of CG beach access road
Thursday 9:12 AM
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:
Dead Birds:
Dead for awhile could not identify it except that it had webbed feet.
As I approached the end of mile 55 I saw one dead seal. There was nothing remarkable about it. It did not look to have been dead very long.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Needle Rock is developing an undercut with a hole going through it.
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 there were not more rocks and boulders having fallen. There was a lot of driftwood along the base of the cliff but nothing unusual. No cars on the beach (legal here) no dogs and only one other person. The campsite was full and it was a beautiful day but the beach was deserted except for the two of us. As I approached the end of mile 55 I saw one dead seal. There was nothing remarkable about it. It did not look to have been dead very long. As I returned I looked at the erosion on needle rock. The side facing the ocean is undercut and a couple of holes about a foot in diameter are bored through the rock. I could not tell if this is due to wind or water. The holes may be above the high tide level so I am guessing wind. I have not walked this mile in 5 to 10 years. The holes are new since then. This is my first walk as a coastwatch walker. I am taking over for my mother who use to do it. The erosion is natural and nothing is threatened except the rock apppears to be a nesting place for a flock of coramants. I will take a photo on my next walk.
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...
  • Propane Tank Trash
  • 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 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...
  • 5-ft buoy washed ashore
  • 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 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...