Mile 262

Cape Kiwanda State Park
Tillamook County

Latitude: 45.225714913978
Longitude: -123.974519764100
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  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the base of the headland north of Cape Kiwanda (45° 13.3248', Mile 262), southerly to a point north of the beach ramp near Cape Kiwanda (45° 12.9684', Mile 261), except as follows:
    (A) From the base of the headland south of Cape Kiwanda (45° 13.0950', Mile 261), southerly approximately 400 feet to (45° 13.0632', Mile 261), motor vehicles essential to and engaged in boat launchings, boat recoveries, transferring equipment or supplies onto boats, unloading equipment or catches from boats, or emergency repairs of other vehicles or boats will be allowed at any time during the year;
    (B) From (45° 13.0632', Mile 261), southerly approximately 700 feet to a line located north of and parallel to the beach ramp near Cape Kiwanda, the point of intersection of said line and the line of vegetation being at (45° 12.9684', Mile 261), operation or parking of motor vehicles used for towing boat trailers or essential to boat launchings will be allowed.

  • Motor vehicle travel is allowed at any time from the mouth of Sand Lake (45° 16.6920', Mile 266) southerly to the base of the headland north of Cape Kiwanda (45° 13.3248', Mile 262), except as follows: From the mouth of Sand Lake (45° 16.6920', Mile 266), southerly to the approximate north boundary of Cape Kiwanda State Park property (45° 14.7900', Mile 263), motor vehicle travel is prohibited May 1 through September 30 and from sunrise to sunset on legal holidays (as defined in ORS Chapter 187) and on Saturdays and Sundays between October 1 and April 30.
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Cape Kiwanda State Park
Mile 262 Reports (37)


October 3, 2022 - Linda Fink

Mostly I took photos for the CoastWatch Fall Challenge project on iNaturalistread more

  • sea star in gull mouth
  • erosion
  • new erosion of bluff
August 27, 2022 - BlueSand831

About 30 people and six dogs. read more

August 13, 2022 - BlueSand831

Lots of people. Great warm weather. Water was warm more

July 31, 2022 - BlueSand831

Actually a really quiet calm warm more

July 21, 2022 - Linda Fink

nice day, lots of people and their dogs enjoying the beachread more

April 27, 2022 - Linda Fink

Finally, the park has put up a no vehicles beyond this point sign that will last and not get buried in sand. It is at the north end of the more

  • no vehicles sign
April 6, 2022 - Linda Fink

lovely day with people enjoying the sunshine, no problems to reportread more

March 24, 2022 - Linda Fink

A beautiful day during spring break week brought many families to this beach with no crowding because of the very wide beach at a minus tideread more

  • Hang glider
  • north side of Cape Kiwanda at low tide


October 18, 2021 - Linda Fink

strange bright liquid oozing out of bluff bank (photo attached), trail down bluff well used and causing erosion (photo attached)

3 of the 16 people hunting for nurdles, toxic plastic pellets, as part of a world wide catalog in October of the extent of nurdle pollutionread more

  • beach cliff exudate
  • eroded illegal trail
  • Cape Kiwanda State Park
July 29, 2021 - Linda Fink

lovely morning on the beach with people enjoying themselves. Very low tide allowing access to normally water-surrounded cliff-side rocks. More cars and people were arriving for the afternoon when I left. A training tepee had been set up in the McPhillips Park access parking lot, by the time I more

  • Cape Kiwanda north side
  • Black Oystercatcher
April 5, 2021 - Linda Fink

very low tide so much broader beach than more

  • Cape Kiwanda park looking north
  • Black Oystercatcher
March 17, 2021 - Linda Fink

Beautiful sunny day with few people enjoying the weather and the beach. Most significant change was the natural sinking of the north side of the big dune creating access to vehicles (judging by the tracks). No signs prohibiting such more

  • north side of dune
  • vegetated dune erosion
  • illegal path


October 7, 2020 - Linda Fink

A foggy day with few people. Vehicle tracks on beach show that vehicles had been there the day before, where they are no longer allowed. One pickup was on the beach today. McPhillips Park access is blocked off so they must have come from Tierra del Mar direction. Perhaps more

  • foggy day at Cape Kiwanda State park
  • low tide and fog Cape Kiwanda State park
  • kelp at low tide
July 21, 2020 - Linda Fink

The north bluff face of Cape Kiwanda is a sheer cliff now, much eroded from my last trip. There was evidence of many campfires in front of the vegetated dune all the way along my mile. Some, unfortunately, had been buried in sand by folks not realizing that just more

  • eroded cliff
  • dune erosion
March 18, 2020 - Linda Fink

beautiful day with people keeping the prescribed distance apart on this Covid-19 sequester day. The vegetated cliff is now a sheer cut off with many small streams running out onto the beach. Two Black Oystercatchers were foraging on a shellfish covered rock offshore that was uncovered at this low more

  • eroded path
  • streamlets
  • cliff
  • eroded cliff
  • north side of Cape Kiwanda
  • Black Oystercatchers


October 24, 2019 - Linda Fink

Nice day with few people, no major problemsread more

  • water seepage through iron oxide in cliff
  • cliff slide
  • north Cape Kiwanda
  • Cape Kiwanda State Park
July 22, 2019 - Linda Fink

Most everyone enjoying the beach in a responsible manner. All cars but one in allowed area. Always seems to be one group that thinks the rules are not for more

  • north side of dune
  • tracks up dune
  • beach goers
June 11, 2019 - Linda Fink

very wide beach at low tide with people widely separated enjoying themselves in various waysread more

  • enjoying the beach
  • vehicle in not allowed area
  • hang gliders
  • dune, north side
  • sign showing legal vehicle area
  • low tide
  • kite
February 13, 2019 - Linda Fink

Sunny windless morning with few people on the beach. Tracks of ORV up dune and down from earlier... some tracks on lower beach had been wiped out by earlier wave action. Dune shows sign of waves eating away still more of the bank, probably from earlier king tides. A more

  • Peregrine
  • jellyfish
  • beach looking north
  • erosion
  • track vehicle
  • tracks up dune
  • Cape Kiwanda north


October 3, 2018 - Linda Fink

The ocean continues to move inland, undercutting the bank. "Dune stabilization" efforts don't seem to be working, mostly because of natural erosion apparently. Vehicle tracks show lots of vehicles have been driving on beach in allowable areas. Sand and rocks have filled in between Cape Kiwanda and offshore rocks more

  • snail shells in wrack line
  • shell with barnacles
  • looking south from north end of mile
  • sand filling in formerly deep water
  • sand and rocks filling in
  • cliff erosion
July 13, 2018 - Linda Fink

Most people were on the south side of the dune, not in my mile. Two hang gliders and 3 vehicles with helpers/onlookers with them on north side. A few people walking the beach, two with dogs. A couple kids playing in the waves. Very wide beach on this minus more

  • view to the south of entire beach
  • view from south end of beach looking north
April 23, 2018 - Linda Fink

About 20 people, all but 2 from cars parked below the dune, walking on beach and climbing the north side of the dune, with 2 dogs. Jillions of little sand crabs in the low tide zone burrowing in the sand and gathering in little pools. I have never seen more

  • sand crabs
  • sand crabs
February 13, 2018 - Linda Fink

Very clean, flat beach abruptly ends at vegetated hillside. North side of dune gently sloped enough for 1/3rd of the way up for vehicles to have gone up that far, judging from the tracks in the sand. Lots of little rocks on beach at north end. Lots of big more


December 4, 2017 - Volunteer Trainer

At high tide, there was no beach in sections. The other photo is taken on my way back of that same stretch of beach but looking north instead of south. On the way, I had to scramble up the bank to avoid the waves. You can see from the more

  • King Tide - waves hitting the base of the dune Bob Straub Beach Kiwanda State Park
  • Sea foam left- King Tide receding 10:44am Bob Straub State Park
October 16, 2017 - Linda Fink

A beautiful, sunny, windless day just after high tide. More dead birds in the driftline than I have seen here before. All the signs are gone that had indicated the vehicle-prohibited areas, presumably because the dune (north side) where the signs had been has been cut back farther than more

August 2, 2017 - dslinger

Large amounts of algae more

July 5, 2017 - Linda Fink

A foggy, windless day on very wide beach with abrupt cliff edge; lots of illegal fireworks this day after the 4th of July and lots of picnic junk including clothing! Most people were driving around in vehicles; one surf-fishing; 3 walking/running. PEFA plucking gull more

  • McPhillip's Park sign.
  • Illegal fieworks.
  • illegal fireworks
  • sign
  • Vehicle tracks behind sign.
  • Peregrine Falcon.
May 6, 2017 - Linda Fink

Clean beach and very wide this time. No signs left saying where vehicles prohibited but no one was trying to drive up the dune. Two hang gliders sailing. Nice day and people enjoying the beach, most with their more

  • View of CoastWatch Mile 262
  • North side of Cape Kiwanda dune
  • Hanggliders
March 10, 2017 - Linda Fink

Warm windless day. Picked up one sack of trash. Lots of driftwood, lots more bank and dune erosion. No vehicle tracks in prohibited area, even though sign more


December 13, 2016 - Linda Fink

more debris than we could pick up including refrigerator casing. We hauled off ropes and plastic big pieces. Most junk I've ever seen there. Large eroded hollowed out (eroded) area at north end of dune. New signs telling people to not go beyond... dangerous area. And new no camping signs, more

October 12, 2016 - dslinger[email protected]/albums/72157673244006880 Many more photos of the beauty and ongoing destruction of this natural more

July 7, 2016 - Linda Fink

Amazing change to the beach and dune. Tons of sand gone from the edge of the dune... it's now a cliff. Cape bluff more collapsed with lots of rocks at shoreline. Sand gone from beach leaving exposed lava flows.

More photos here: more

  • Photo of Cape Kiwanda, north side.
  • Photo of north edge of Cape Kiwanda, cliff collapsing.
May 7, 2016 - Linda Fink

sand has been washed off the beach uncovering lots of rocks. Dune no longer descends gently to beach... high steep cliff instead. My camera quit after the first few more

  • shore erosion
  • closer view of eroding cliff
  • rocky beach, ocean has washed the sand away from beach exposing lots of rocks
February 9, 2016 - Linda Fink

Lots of erosion of bank and dune from recent high tides and storms. Many photos here: more

  • bank erosion
  • north side of dune erosion


December 25, 2015 - Linda Fink

Most dramatic was the debris (logs, etc.) blocking the access road so there were no vehicles on the beach. Next was the obvious (by foam and flattened vegetation and erosion) overtopping of waves on the vegetated foredune, plus the dune remodeling. Photos here: more

  • The north side of the Cascade Head sand dune remodeled during December 2015
  • The McPhillips Park access road was completely blocked by logs and kelp and debris
November 25, 2015 - Linda Fink

Always lots of vehicle traffic here... less today because of extremely high tide (King Tide). Vehicles routinely park on the beach beyond the signs saying no parking beyond this point but this is the first time I've seen car tracks up the dune itself. I did not recognize the more

  • vehicle tracks beyond sign saying no vehicles past this point
  • another view of illicit car tracks


July 7, 2011 - [email protected]
The arch at the tip of Cape Kiwanda (northern face) is now gone. Apparently it crumbled in February, as one person told me on more
  • Taken last year, perhaps aug. 2010