Mile 220

Yaquina Head north, Schooner Creek south
Lincoln County

Latitude: 44.682215008324
Longitude: -124.073750023220
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  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the Tillamook County-Lincoln County line (45° 02.6706', Mile 247), southerly to Yaquina Bay (44° 37.0374', Mile 215), except for the following locations within the corporate limits of Lincoln City:
    (A) A distance of 150 feet on each side of the westerly extension of North 35th Court;
    (B) A distance of 150 feet on each side of the westerly extension of North 15th Street.

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Yaquina Head north, Schooner Creek south
Mile 220 Reports (121)


January 19, 2023 - Hillsideshack

Continued changes on 220 due to the rains, high tides and normal loss of sand in winter. Found 1 WEGR dead (not COASST tagged), saw 2 live black oystercatchers. Most of the beach was fairly clean due to the King Tides but there were areas where there was lots of microplastics/ more


December 17, 2022 - Hillsideshack

Including photos of a black plastic pipe sticking out of Mile 220 bluff and odd milky fluid coming out of bluff and over rocks. read more

October 17, 2022 - Hillsideshack

Very cool jelly on Schooner South an iceberg!read more

October 16, 2022 - Hillsideshack

Bummer of a day walking onto our beach and seeing the bluffs spray painted. Lots of bull kelp and sea palm washed up along with mole crab shells. Lots of beached birds including 3 tagged for COASST. 2 large Big skate egg more

August 31, 2022 - Hillsideshack

A foggy start to a beautiful walk, saw 8 Turkey vultures. Plovers (Snowy?) and whimbrel. Lots of summer sand on the beach allowing for entry through the south "cave" to the beach beyond (always fun when that happens).read more

August 16, 2022 - DKPowell

It was a nice clear day, with a slight breeze. In general the sand didn't erode/scour as much during the winter, so there is more sand on the beach.

I normally go on the beach around 8AM--I waited until 10AM to catch low tide.

There was extra glare of being on more

July 19, 2022 - kmalarkey

Beautiful day with many people. Sand is so high on north side of Yaquina Head so there was easy access through the tunnel to the mini beach which is rare. Saw the greatest number of orchre sea stars in  several years. Appeared healthy except for 2 and were a more

July 5, 2022 - Hillsideshack

A beautiful day to be on 220. Not much trash, the high tide may have taken it out. Some nice rock cairn art at the northern part of my mile. The cliff continues to erode along with rock fall and vegetation coming down. The 3 black pipes continue to more

June 18, 2022 - kmalarkey

Possible Sea Star Wasting disease observed in sea star across tidepool with binoculars and photo. Enlarge left section of dark area above pool. Note small light circle. Sea star with backwards drooping arms is to the right of the light spot. No other sea stars observed in this area. more

June 15, 2022 - kmalarkey

Beautiful  -2.7 tide @ 8 am. Saw 5 immature eagles flying or sitting on nearby tree branch. High sand levels near Yaquina Head have created a "sand forest" of dead snags on upper beach near trail to 55th St. Bright green algae growing on rocks below Yaquina Head might indicate some more

May 16, 2022 - DKPowell

A nice day to walk the beach. With few winter storms, Starfish Beach (the old name on older maps) is full of more

March 24, 2022 - Hillsideshack

A nice Spring day on 220. Lots of timy stryofoam bits in the wrackline. The bluff is still falling down with the black drainage pipes showing themselves more every month. 2 Turkey Vultures overhead. Quick nurdle hunt more

February 15, 2022 - DKPowell

It was a quiet day on the beach. The person and car at NW 68th arrived about 8:30AM, about the time I was almost done walking the beach.

Rather than have a bunch of photos of cliffs eroding under houses, or pipes eroding from cliff I decided to concentrate on more

January 29, 2022 - Hillsideshack

Beautiful day but sad to see the path to the beach widened significantly with the creek changing path due to the back hoe that was in the process of rip rapping the property just to the north of Mile more

  • Signs saying closed to access mile 220
  • Signs stating Beach access was closed.
  • Back hoe moving large rocks to rip rap just north of Schooner Creek
  • Another photo of the rip rapping of beach by back hoe.


November 16, 2021 - DKPowell

A cold partly cloudy day. The tide was already high enough that reaching "Keyhole" at north cliff of Yaquina wasn't possible.

The beach only had 2 persons, but I got several pictures of partial rainbows.

With chicks fledged, total bird count 50-75.

The sand was clear of microplastics, although several larger Styrofoam more

  • Houses-Beach Erosion (north side of NW 56th-west of Meander)
  • First expose pipe location (equivalence of NW 61st Street)
  • First expose pipe location (equivalence of NW 61st Street)
  • New Water Source = between 1st and 2nd pipes, first noticed August 15, 2021
  • Two concrete sections on beach (equivalence of NW 62nd Street)
  • Most of second pipes hidden by erosion, but more recent/newer pipe seen
  • Third exposed pipes location (equivalence of NW 63rd Street)-south
  • Third exposed pipes location (equivalence of NW 63rd Street)-north
  • Fourth Pipe location (equivalence of NW 66th)
  • Fifth pipes (equivalent of NW 68th)
  • Fifth pipes (equivalent of NW 68th)
  • Sand still on the beach-looking South toward Yaquina Head
  • Sand still on the beach-looking North toward NW 68th Street
  • Lighthouse from NW 68th Street-north end of Mile 220
  • Plastic on beach, removed and put in trash
  • Partial Rainbow
  • Partial Rainbow
October 31, 2021 - Hillsideshack
  • Looking South on 220
  • Looking North from Schooner Creek
  • Bluff continuing to fall Mile 220
  • Closer photo of bluff and trees falling
  • One of 3 drain pipes continuing to be exposed on Schooner South
  • The 3 pipes exposed from the bluff Mile 220
August 15, 2021 - DKPowell

The continued exposure of pipes shows continued erosion along the shore cliffs/bluffs. Since I went later in the day there were more people (and dogs) present.

I have changed my routine--I am no longer going down to the northern rock face of Yaquina Head for the "keyhole photo". The slippery more

  • Houses-Beach Erosion (north side of NW 56th-west of Meander)
  • Sign on up from beach. Near Houses-Beach Erosion
  • irst expose pipe location (equivalence of NW 61st Street)
  • irst expose pipe location (equivalence of NW 61st Street)
  • irst expose pipe location (equivalence of NW 61st Street)
  • New Water Source = between 1st and 2nd pipes
  • Two concrete sections on beach (equivalence of NW 62nd Street)
  • Second exposed pipe location (equivalence of NW 62nd Street)
  • Third exposed pipes location (equivalence of NW 63rd Street) South pipe
July 31, 2021 - Hillsideshack

Chilly windy morning on 220. Lots of birds: 2 squadrons of pelicans flew over, 4 eagles, 9 Turkey vultures, a bunch of shorebirds and 2 separate gulls who were behaving out of the ordinary. One gull was up against the bluff sitting and not moving (other than his head) more

July 5, 2021 - Hillsideshack

So thrilled to only find one (!!!!) piece of fireworks debris this morning years past it has been 2 large trash bags on the 5th of July. It's possible that someone picked it up before me but I also didn't see any 4th of July remnants near the more

  • Schooner So looking south.
  • Black plastic hard pipes coming out of bluff
  • Closer view of one of the pipes
May 13, 2021 - DKPowell

Jesse Jones asked about the pipes along the beach. I was working a Covid clinic for Lincoln County at Waldport where I met a county property assessor. I mentioned the pipes along mile 220, and the erosion there (it is affecting several houses). He concurred with my idea that more

April 30, 2021 - Hillsideshack

Not as many sea stars as I would have liked to see on the minus tide but they are definitely there. Only one sea star looked like it might have wasting disease (see photo)read more

February 17, 2021 - Hillsideshack

Rainy/cloudy/sunny day on 220. First time I've seen so many small sized Vellela vellela, I usually see the larger ones washed up. Lots of marine debris/land debris on 220 today. Most of the sand has been pulled off the beach in the northern section of 220 by storms. Quite more

February 15, 2021 - DKPowell

   I was suprised there was anyone on the beach--between the rain and wind gusts of 20 mph. NOAA had forecast a surf height of 16-20 feet. There was also a weather warning about sneaker tides. I didn't go to my usual "Keyhole" location as it was already obstructed more

January 22, 2021 - Hillsideshack

A nice sunny day on 220. Got a very long piece of rope (approx 25 meters) off the beach along with trash. One LIGU, not yet tagged. So much more visible erosion this winter, seems every week it is even more pronounced. Trees, bluff slumping down towards the sea. more

January 13, 2021 - DKPowell

Third day of January 2021 King Tides.

The expected Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top happened. It will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to "Grand Central" and then back down to Cliff Top.

Any shift of my “Cliff Top” more

January 12, 2021 - DKPowell

Second day of January 2021 King Tides.

The expected Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top happened. It will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to "Grand Central" and then back down to Cliff Top.

The tidal surge was mostly reaching more
January 11, 2021 - DKPowell

First day of January 2021 King Tides.

Erosion between normal 75 feet from beach access to Cliff Top will mean several minutes delay between photos as I have to retrace up to "Grand Central" and then back down to Cliff more


December 15, 2020 - DKPowell

Another King Tides Day.

High Tide was at 11:48 AM at 10.5 ft. NOAA had a Surf Height of 14-18 ft.   One last thing: AT NOON a High Surf Advisory went into more

December 14, 2020 - DKPowell

King Tides Day

High Tide was 10.6 ft. NOAA also has Surf Height at 17-21 ft. I could have walked to "Rock Line" which is about 15 feet from my normal entrance onto Star Fish more

November 16, 2020 - DKPowell

Another good day for King Tides.

High Tide was at 12:08PM at 10.3 ft. NOAA had a surf height of 10-14 ft. The weather was 50 degrees, with wind blowing from the south at 20mph. Cloudly sky, and what felt like ultra, ultra, ultra fine mist--so didn't count it as more

November 15, 2020 - DKPowell

A good day for King Tides.

High tide of 10.4 feet at 11:27AM. NOAA had Surf Height at 20-25 feet.

I was able to shoot from my normal beach spot-75 feet from normal beach access, didn't take a photo--took a movie clip. At the cliff top where I normally take a more

November 11, 2020 - DKPowell

It was a nice day. About 50 degrees, a slight wind, and clear skies. Since I didn't get down at a negative tide, I had a longer scramble along rocks to get to normal "Keyhole" position and didn't get any good pictures of Sea Stars. The lack of plastic more

August 16, 2020 - DKPowell

It was a quiet trip to the beach--being early at 6-7 AM.

Mostly clear, with a slight marine layer which was already burning off by 7AM.

I am concerned about the picnic table--will it be removed before winter storms or will it become more

June 21, 2020 - Hillsideshack

Hard to see the second needle and syringe (in the past 2 weeks!!) on our beach, lots of dogs and kids who easily could have stepped on it. The sea grass amount was notable. Eagles and turkey viltures abound...esp near the carcass of the Juv sea lion. Still quite more

June 7, 2020 - DKPowell

NW 68th street is open. The city has moved its pumping station closer to HWY 101 and sealed off the former gravel parking with a paved lot with 5 slots.

A total of 4 walkers and a more

May 16, 2020 - DKPowell

A rainy day--Hatfield had 0.05 inches in the hour I was on beach, while my backyard rain gauge had 0.08 inch (my daily total was 0.24 miles).

On the walk down from 57th street--there are now some trail markings. There are more surfers using this way to access Sea Star Beach. more

May 3, 2020 - Hillsideshack

What a fabulous day on 220! I am pretty sure I found a Laysan Albatross, what a majestic bird, the wings so long but incredibly light. We had quite a storm last night with hail and wind...perhaps what blew the bird onto the shore? He was a recent arrival more

April 26, 2020 - Hillsideshack

A first for me (and sadly not alive), an octopus in the rocky area. Still beautiful, even in death. Large plastic/rubber mat was on top of one leg but I doubt that is why it more

March 15, 2020 - Hillsideshack

A beautiful day to have to practice social distancing at the beach! Tons of small plastics in the north half of 220, very little to none in the south 1/2. 4 beached birds, 3 NOFU's and 1 cormorant. Way too many plastic and cement pipes coming out of the more

February 16, 2020 - Hillsideshack

A large amount of debris on the beach, more than 15 pieces that were over 50cm in length. Lots of rope from crab/fishing, an intact Pacific Seafoods white tote, 2 pieces of possible tsunami debris: 1 fridge or freezer (47cm square) with Asian characters on inside and biofouled as more

February 15, 2020 - DKPowell

It was not a good day. It was cloudy, and during the 1.5 hours I was scrambling along the rocks, taking photos, etc. it rained 0.03 inches according to Hatfield. The wind was 8-12 miles/hour. Wave height was 11-15 feet according to Weather Service Surf more

February 10, 2020 - DKPowell

King Tides. 10-14 feet waves meant I could get down to 25 feet mark from normal beach access to SAFELY take more

February 9, 2020 - DKPowell

King Tides. Note that first two pictures show the 75 feet mark log shown by last month's King Tides picture is no longer present. Waves are 17-22 feet. A lot less more

February 8, 2020 - DKPowell

Another King Tides day. Weather has 47F, winds of 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Waves are 19-23 feet.

Foam was past the 75 feet mark from normal beach access. Last month erosion was up to the 75 feet mark--so I made a new 100 feet more

February 6, 2020 - lacyajane

There are erosion, slides and new rock deposited.   Lots of larger debris on beach   Difficult to access, trail issues may need to be addressed after the last king tideread more

January 12, 2020 - DKPowell

Another day of King Tides--the waves didn't come as far up, but the "foam" came further.

The waves were 17-21 feet.

Wind was 20mph --gusts to 30 mph.

Another note: with the erosion near the cliff wall, I will probably be moving this point further inland because of cliff more

January 11, 2020 - DKPowell

Arrived 1 1/2 hours late of King Tide maximum--I had another appointment. And it was a good thing--as waves eroded up to my 75 foot mark from normal beach access!

Waves were 30-35 feet.

Wind was 15 mph--with gusts of 20 mph.


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January 10, 2020 - DKPowell

Catching some photos during King Tides.

Winds were 20 mpg--with gusts to 30mpg

Waves at 13-17 feet.

I was able to get to the point which was only 25 feet from "normal" beach access and take some more


November 27, 2019 - DKPowell

A cloudy day, although tide slightly less than yesterday by 0.1 foot it was further up my usual entrance of more

November 26, 2019 - DKPowell

A drizzly day for King Tides--Hatfield reported over an inch of rain for the dayread more

November 11, 2019 - DKPowell

A nice evening--mid 50's, setting up of a good sunset. The sand is still on the beach, with winter decrease still to come.


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November 11, 2019 - Hillsideshack

Beautiful sunny day on 220. Amazing to see the big chunks of rock/bluff/hillside continuing to fall onto the beach. 3 long black pipes are sticking out of the bluff (not further out than they had been previously). The substation project appears to be going full force, road has been widened more

September 28, 2019 - Hillsideshack

The big tides have brought lots of bull kelp to 220 along with styrofoam pieces and a good length of fishing gear (ODFW tag # in photos). Counted at least 8 dead birds, I did not see tags on them yet. The black drainage pipes seem to continue to more

  • Road is getting wider
August 30, 2019 - DKPowell

A quiet day at Sea Star Beach. With the City of Newport continuing work on treatment substation at NW 68th and closing the road they have limited the number of persons using the portion of the more

August 19, 2019 - Hillsideshack

Second Harbor seal found in as many days on Mile 220, this one bigger and a bit more decomposed than the smaller one found yesterday (who is also on the beach today- further south). 10 turkey vultures waiting in the trees on the bluff more

August 17, 2019 - Hillsideshack

A wrackline filled with eelgrass, jellies and crab carapaces. Also a dead young harbor seal noted by the South end where the houses are over the bluff. 3 Turkey Vultures were nicely starting to clean it up for us. read more

  • Thanks for the free clean up turkey vultures!
August 5, 2019 - Hillsideshack

Still restricted access to 220 due to the sewage project. Quite a large rock fall off the southern end of Mile 220. The bluff continues to eraode and slide. 6 COMU noted. Small amount of plastic debris. read more

June 2, 2019 - malachite

This report was filed primarily to note observation of black oystercatchers feeding/hanging out on rocks exposed by low tides on this mile. On June 1, I observed between 4-6 black oystercatchers, on June 2, 2-4. I haven't been seeing them often on this mile in the past year or more

May 6, 2019 - DKPowell

A nice day on Sea Star Beach--with just a few persons. The birds are back at Yaquina Head, and the hill near my "Keyhole" picture is still eroding--causing slight change to get photo of ocean through a hole in the more

April 9, 2019 - Hillsideshack

Found a Brown Booby (sula leucogaster brewsteri) on the southern portion of Schooner South while doing my COASST Marine Debris survey!! That's a first for me!!read more

March 7, 2019 - Hillsideshack

Difficult to stay upbeat along Schooner South today as the "microplastic" debris is overwhelming. In doing a COASST survey on the same day in a 20"x20" survey square I had 225 (!!!) pieces of plastic with 62 nurdles, 57 pieces of styrofoam and multiple other pieces. We also had more

February 20, 2019 - DKPowell

Some King Tide photosread more

February 19, 2019 - DKPowell

Some King Tide photosread more

February 18, 2019 - DKPowell

Some photos at King Tideread more

February 17, 2019 - DKPowell

I wanted to take this survey on Feb. 14th or 15th--middle of the quarter but there was rain. This survey was taken the evening before King Tide.

The winter has caused erosion exposing more pipes, more landslides, etc.

Nice weather, a negative tide, and got several photos of sea stars--Lincoln County more


December 3, 2018 - Hillsideshack

A surprisingly nice day on 220. Beautiful sunshine and the wind was a lot less harsh down on the beach. The cliffs continue to erode dumping sand and rocks onto the beach below. More of the man-made pipes are showing and looking like they will break off and fall more

  • Eroding cliff
  • plastic pipe falling down cliff
  • Cliff sliding
November 19, 2018 - DKPowell

Several things come to mind.

First, I attended more

November 11, 2018 - Hillsideshack

220 continues to slide into the sea. A beautiful sunny day to walk our beach. Quite a bit of short polypropylene rope in the wrack line today along with other plastics (small) and rubber fishing lure pieces. 7 dead birds. Lots of sand to walk on. Many folks (24) more

  • Big Skate egg case
  • Second Big Skate egg case
  • Inside view of trash off 220
October 1, 2018 - Hillsideshack

A warm but wet day on Mile 220. 3 surfers and 7 walkers along with 3 dogs were out enjoying the spritzing. The bluff and vegetation continue to slide towards the sea. A small Harbor Seal has been slowly disintegrating on the north section of our beach, 7 dead seabirds more

  • Harbor seal at northern Mile 220
  • Vegetation slide
September 3, 2018 - Hillsideshack

Another stunning day on Schooner South! Quite windy but beautiful sunshine. 23 folks out enjoying the beach along with 4 dogs and a bike had gone by as well. The cliff/bluff continues to erode and further exposes the drainage pipes all along this mile. In doing large debris surveys more

  • Drainage pipe exposed
  • Southern end of Schooner
  • Bluff eroding
August 16, 2018 - DKPowell

It was a pleasure to walk the mile as the sand has filled in the cobble near NW 68th Street and rock sections near Yaquina head.

I have a new hiking Garmin -- there are several changes in positioning. First, the landslide at Yaquina Head has caused me to move more

July 7, 2018 - Hillsideshack

WOOD CHIPS!!!! Soooooo many of them all along the entire stretch of Mile 220. They are in the surf line and high wrack. Also a fresh Common Murre was being eaten by a Turkey Vulture. Lots of people and more

July 4, 2018 - Hillsideshack

Lots of washed up jellyfish: counted over 30. Also a seal (alive) on the beach near southern end of the beach. Two dead seabirds (one COASST tagged), appearred to be LIGU's. read more

June 4, 2018 - Hillsideshack

Nice to see a few folks out enjoying this gorgeous day! 6 people and 1 dog. Lots of small rocks in the north section of 220, LOTS of sand in the southern end. Able to go through the southern end "cave" to check on the beach on the other more

  • bluff deterioration
May 16, 2018 - DKPowell

The walk started with a very light mist, and then cleared off. The birds have returned to the Lighthouse area, I could have easily counted a thousand.

I noticed there is new plastic pipe showing at the equivalence of NW 61st Street from erosion near the top of the more

March 6, 2018 - lmabeggs

The beach was clean of debris except for some scattered items coming in from the water.  There were significant plastic pieces in the driftline along the sandy areas of the beach.  Lots of rocks exposed today.  There has been a great deal of erosion over the past year.  There are more

March 5, 2018 - Hillsideshack

A sunny day on 220. Lots of rocks and very little sand on the first 1/2 of the walk South , then lots of sand. Texted Fawn to have State Parks come and pick up garbage at Marine Debris sign as it was piled up quite high. The cliffs more

February 14, 2018 - DKPowell

A nice beach walk. Good weather (50F, calm breeze, mostly sunny) added to neutral tide (0.0ft. at 5:50PM) plus more sand this winter than usual on the more

January 3, 2018 - DKPowell

I was three times at the beach.

The times were 8:30AM (four hours before King Tide, 4.9 ft.), 10:30AM (two hours before King Tide, 8.65 ft,), and 12:26PM (10.5 ft.)

The first two times I took pictures North and West from a point 45 ft. Southeast of normal entry to beach. more


December 5, 2017 - DKPowell

Two things of note.

I have included several photos of the lead up to King Tide. The pictures at my usual entrance (path down from 57th and Meander) are roughly 50 feet back from where I normally enter the beach. I have also included pictures of the plastic pellets--I don't more

  • 10:45AM-nearing KingTide, looking north.
November 27, 2017 - Hillsideshack

A sweet day on Mile 220. 8 people and 4 dogs. First time I had seen the single wheeled skateboard used on the beach! The loss of land continues as the solid bluffs fall to the beach, more exposed cement and plastic drain pipes noticed. Lots of vegetation/bushes/trees falling down. Not more

  • Erosion with large boulders.
November 17, 2017 - DKPowell

I could not get to the Yaquina cliff--the tide was higher than low tide (which was at 5AM), there was extra wave height. The beach is losing its sand--which also prevented my making Yaquina cliff, would have tried to walk cobblestone access but wasn't sure I could even get more

  • Erosion of pipes
  • Some concrete on the beach-from pipe erosion,
  • Second set of eroded pipes.
  • Loss of sand, returning to cobble beach.
August 24, 2017 - Hillsideshack

Beautiful but frustrating day on Mile 220. Five people on the beach, one of whom, despite my polite results to stop the activity, was 3/4 up the cliffs and digging soil out of the cliff. 

Driftline contained a lot of beautiful long kelp and the usual small plastic pieces. Saw three more

August 15, 2017 - DKPowell

The beach is continuing to fill with more sand. The prevention of cars going to the NW 68th street parking is probably reducing the amount of plastic/trash. Although it is summer, erosion continues at Yaquina Head cliff and exposing more

  • Increase of erosion at Yaquina Cliff.
  • Increase of erosion of pipes.
  • New set of pipes seen from erosion.
  • Concrete blocks preventing parking at NW 68th street.
June 22, 2017 - Hillsideshack
May 19, 2017 - DKPowell

Compared to last report--sand is coming back to this beach area. I got to Yaquina Head cliff wall, plus the rocky beach now is some areas mostly sand with some more

  • Yaquina Head Cliff
  • Basalt erosion.
  • Yaquina Head
  • Exposed pipes.
  • Sand filling in rocky beach.
  • Sand filling in rocky beach.
April 8, 2017 - Hillsideshack

Beautiful day on Mile 220, one bag of trash collected. A fair number of folks out today enjoying the sunshine. The erosion continues along our mile. Thousands of Vellela vellela making for sparkling blue lines along the entire beach. Unable to do farthest south section due to large rocks which more

March 18, 2017 - Hillsideshack

Winter weather and water continue to erode the bluffs along Mile 220. March 18, 2017 visit saw continued plastic trash, 1.5 bags within just the rocky section at the beginning of the walk. One dead grebe, no bands. Four people out enjoying the sun. read more

February 15, 2017 - DKPowell

This is an update to yesterday's report.

The jaw bone and two fragments found near NW 68th Street were taken to Hatfield today. William Hanshumaker gave the identification as "seal".

I am including several more jpgs showing slippage. 1268=Path to top of Yaquina head at 57th-erosion of trail. 1270=cliff erosion. 1272-these more

February 15, 2017 - DKPowell

Three observations: First, there is more slippage than when I last went this way in fall of 2016. Second, the NW 68th access is a site of a pumping station for Newport. Today, I noticed that a new post has been placed there--it contains empty bags for persons to collect more

January 24, 2017 - lmabeggs

The beach had very little sand on it.  It was mostly rocks of various sizes.  There was no debris except for isolated areas of plastic pieces.  I was there at a very low tide, but the signs of high water and heavy surf were apparent on the beach.  There more


October 15, 2016 - malachite

Exhilarating time on the beach.  There was enough beach to walk safely from the access near my house to NW 68th street, but storm surge made it not possible or too risk to try to get around the little "point" to the north of NW 68th street access (& more

March 26, 2016 - lmabeggs

The beach was very rocky with large rocks that are difficult to walk on exposed. There was an unusual amount of debris on the beach, much of it in this rocky area. This beach has always been pretty clean of debris, but today was a different story None of more


December 6, 2015 - malachite

Low tide at the HMSC dock was 3:18 p.m. Mile 220 is the closest beach to my home, so I walked down to see what the incoming storm weather looked like fairly close to low tide. Since the dead pelican was fairly close to the then (around 3:45 p.m.) more

  • Dead Pelican
August 22, 2015 - lmabeggs
The beach is very sandy, covering large rocks that are visible in the winter months. Very little plastic or man made objects noted on this trip. This beach does not have a large number of people on it. Today I counted 15 people and only one group had put more
  • Creek on the beach is further south before it curves west to go to the ocean.
May 25, 2015 - m219walker
Memorial day on Schooner Beach South.21 adults and children (usually just adults), 2 dogs.Two adults retrieving larger driftwood logs.No physical changes.Wrack mostly skeletons/casings(?) of Velella velella.Beached Lion's Mane jelly fish, 13" more
  • Cyanea Capillata~13" diameter
May 10, 2015 - lmabeggs
The major feature of the beach today was the presence of Velella velella all along the beach. Since my last visit there has been continued erosion along bluff exposed to wave action. There are areas where trees have been uprooted and come down closer to the beach. The beach more
March 30, 2015 - m219walker
The wrack along Mile 220 consisted of thousands of (what I think are) Velella medusae and a few adults. See photos. ?? Is this normal ??13 people, 2 dogs: surfing, tide pooling, rock hunting (maybe, poking at cliff).Smaller rotting sea lion gone; larger one still remains.Mostly gulls, scoters, and two more
  • Wrack mostly Velella velella, thousands of medusae?, few adults
  • Closeup of wrack along entire Mile 220 that included thousands of Velella medusae ?, dense in places
  • Adult w/ finger for scale
March 19, 2015 - kmalarkey
Carcasses of a California and a Steller sea lion have been on the beach for more than a week and have been reported. Moderate amounts of marine debris (half--bag collected). Drainage pipes being exposed by erosion and likely to collapse on more


December 26, 2014 - m219walker
Partly cloudy with some sun. Glorious sky!More than usual (usually small, often zero) number of people on the beach the day after Christmas, and following 'King Tide' and an atmospheric river touchdown. 5 or 6 people making admirable effort to retrieve litter.No starfish observed but not particularly low tide.Three more
September 20, 2014 - kmalarkey
A spectacular day brought many people to the beach. It looked more like California than Oregon. There is remarkably little litter or trash although there seems to be a disturbing trend of people picking up after their dogs, but leaving the droppings in the plastic bag on the beach more
June 15, 2014 - malachite
Very low tide this morning, - 2.5' at 8:44am (HMSC dock), walked this mile and part of Mile 221 to look for sea stars/starfish. I saw a fair number in one location, a rocky area at the south end of the mile, near the base of the Yaquina Head more
  • Photos of starfish, north side of Yaquina Head at low tide.
  • Starfish/seastars, rocky area near/adjacent to north side of Yaquina Head, exposed only at very low tides.
  • Same location as other photos.  Also present were anenomes.
May 31, 2014 - kmalarkey
Sea star wasting disease is now rampant on this beach, especially close to the head. This side of Yaquina Head is now the preferred dining area for the local raptors. A pair of juvenile bald eagles are here most days I walk the beach. The bluffs continue to erode more
  • Sea star with detached leg nearby
  • Note puffed and bulbous flesh of sea star. Very mushy to the touch. Also note contorted legs on other star
  • Note the legs hanging on the rock in my shadow. Very sad.
  • Barely hanging on. End stage of SSWD
May 13, 2014 - lmabeggs
This beach was remarkably free of debris. The sand has come in and covered rocks that are visible in the winter months. A few birds seen, but nothing more
April 4, 2014 - kmalarkey
17 people are a crowd, but it is spring break for Washington and Montana. The sun after rain was a welcome sight. The beach is remarkably clean and the sea stars seem healthy on this beach. Several surfers in the water today. The bluffs have a lot of new more
  • This star shows no sign of sea star wasting, but seems a bit chubbier than usual.
  • These two trees uprooted and fell on the beach last month during the storms.


December 30, 2013 - kmalarkey
Unusually good weather with great sunsets is a year end treat. No sign of sea star wasting disease on stars I observed. Seeing the sunflower star was fun. Minimal litter picked up today only about 2/3 of a marine debris more
  • This voracious sea star was happily hunting dinner.
October 4, 2013 - kmalarkey
Beautiful sunset with a low tide so there were many more people on beach than usual. Nothing remarkable today. Pelicans, oystercatchers, gulls, crows cormorants, fishing hawk looking for dinner. Peregrines, eagles, turkey vultures are gone since murres have fledged. This beach tends to be the raptors' dining area after more
  • These recent "steps" are helping to prevent falls on the slippery rock face. Minimal disturbance to rock. Interesting to see what happens this winter.


June 23, 2012 - lmabeggs
There is a new layer of sand on this beach disguising the ocean debris underneath. Very little debris seen today. There were about 20-25 people enjoying the low tide (-1). Much more of the beach was accessible today and people were exploring the exposed areas. Erosion of the bluff more


June 17, 2011 - lmabeggs
The beach is mainly sand now. Very little debris on the sand. In the tidal area there was a lot of kelp and many plastic items were mixed within the kelp. We did see one large plastic barrel, probably used for surplus fuel on a boat. The bluff continues more
  • This is an area where a stairway provided access to the beach from a neighborhood.  We had never seen this fabric before.


April 16, 2010 - lmabeggs
Very little sand on the beach right now. Winter erosion of the sandy bluff has been significant. Two staircases that lead to Skinner's landing and a neighborhood access are gone. There was a significant increase in the plastic debris, especially tiny pieces of plastic in the shoreline. Two neighbors more
  • Area where a staircase was.


May 3, 2009 - lmabeggs
People were walking and looking at Tide Pools. There were only 15 people or so. There were small children playing in the sand and trying to fly a kite. One dog was chasing a frisbee. Other dog playing with child. Very little wildlife noted other than the usual pair more
January 18, 2009 - lmabeggs
Bluff erosion is particularly noticeable this date. This mile does not have heavy human activity so human impact is not great. There are two stairs down to the beach from Schooner Landing Condos and a nearby neighborhood. Both have been damaged signficantly by the winter more
January 4, 2009 - CoastalKaren


August 21, 2008 - lmabeggs
This rocky beach was covered with sand. An unusual amount of driftline debris probably due to recent August storm. A 10ft plus log that was covered with goose neck barnacles was above the water line. The barnacles were opening as if searching for food. Five oyster catchers were noted more
  • Log with Goose Neck Barnacles is washed ashore above the water line
April 27, 2008 - lmabeggs
This beach showed little sign of human use. The only litter was in the driftline. Some new areas of sliding on the bank were noted. A bluff visible from the beach shows lots of erosion that is coming close to more
  • The breakthrough of this flume like slide was a new observation today.  Slides of a similar size were noted at other  locations nearby
January 17, 2008 - lmabeggs
The beach showed little signs of people being there. Very little sand the first .3 mile, then some sand close to the more


July 26, 2007 - lmabeggs
The beach showed signs of increased use this summer. There was more litter (still not much), tire tracks on the beach, spray paint on a log and a large wind shelter built with driftwood and nylon rope similar to that found other places on the beach. There were more more
March 25, 2007 - lmabeggs
A beautiful day. We saw more people today than we've ever seen before at one time on this beach. We went one day after the beach cleanup project, so it was very more
February 17, 2007 - CoastalKaren
There was quite a lot of litter onl the beach this weekend. Filled a garbage bag, and could have filled another, if I had an extra with more
January 28, 2007 - lmabeggs
Much less sand than last summer. Many small rocks cover the beach. Earthen steps at access area have been washed away, so access is difficult. Landslides and erosion of bluffs is a continuing feature of this more
  • There is a stream falling down this hillside.  The land continues to slide down, taking trees with it.
January 21, 2007 - lmabeggs
Winter storms have taken their toll on this beach. The sand is gone in much of the areas close to the bluffs, exposing many rocks that make walking on the beach difficult. We noted that the tree trunk seen in October is exposed a lot more now, and that more