Mile 158 Report

November 9, 2013
by oceanwalker842

Oregon Dunes NRA, west of south end of Carter Lake
Saturday 12:00 AM
54° F
Tide Level:
2.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
Apparent Violations:
Vehicle tracks at the beach
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
There were ten people playing in the sand dunes approximately one mile from the beach. Plus, one couple and their dog was headed in the beach direction upon my return to the parking area.
Notable Wildlife:
One gull, and three groups of one: approximately 200; Group two: approximately 100 and group three: appox 80
Dead Birds:
too badly decomposed. Size would indicate that it was a gull of sorts
Fish & Invertebrates:
Shells·Small rocks
1 empty gallon milk container, 1 empty fried-chicken paper bag
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Nothing new
Absolutely no wind...nada! I attempted to get some reaction by dropping a dry leaf...went straight down each time. Very unusual for the Oregon coast.Lots of vehicle tire tracks on the beach for an area that supposedly is off limits for vehicles..see photos.Unlike the last report, there were very few shell (mainly clam), no crab casings, only bits of sea vegetation plus a very, very small scattering of gravel.As reported last time, once again there was no sign of tsunami debris. I was nearly to the north end of the mile and had just noted that, other than myself, there was nothing alive on the beach..then, when I turned to head south, a flock of about 200 sanderlings proved me wrong. Then another flock of about 100, then further south, another flock of 80. I then spotted one lonely seagull walking forlornly on the beach. It (the gull) just stayed about 200 yards ahead of me on my southward trek.At the end of the mile hike (approaching the climb up the hill to the parking area) I noticed the ten people and one heard but not seen dog playing in the sand dunes. And, as I reached the top of the hill, one young couple complete with backpack and a small dog were heading in the beach direction...Did they make? I'll never know. Weather conditions made it an effortless rain, no wind and mild temps.Many colorful, non-edible mushrooms on the downward trail. My computer wouldn't let me rotate the photo, so you have to look at it sideways. Enjoy!
  • Part of the large (200) flock
    Part of the large (200) flock
    Near north end of Mile 158
    November 9, 2013
  • Too many tracks for an area where no vehicles are allowed
    Too many tracks for an area where no vehicles are allowed
    North end of mile
    November 9, 2013
  • Russula emetica (I think)
    Russula emetica (I think)
    On trail to beach
    November 9, 2013
Other Mile 158 Reports (13)


July 2, 2014 - oceanwalker842
Mid 70's at the beach with little wind....nice! Interesting fog/mist seemingly coming out of the sand (see photo)....reminiscent of Twilight Zone where creepy creatures come out of the haze. No such...
  • Close up of velella velella
  • These velella velella won't make another trip
June 3, 2014 - oceanwalker842
Another beautiful day at the beach. High cloud cover that almost burned off by the time I finished the walk. Temperature started at 59 and worked itself up to a cloud-filtered warm 70 by the time I...
  • Foxglove greeting visitors to the beach trail.
  • Yarrow making the mile long walk to the beach more delightful.
  • I think this very small snake (about 9 inches long) was a bit lost. It was just off the dry sand heading toward the water.
  • This was almost the average concentration of broken-to-smithereens clam shells for much of the mile.
  • There were several areas of high concentration of broken clam shells similar to this. These patches were up to 400 sq ft in size.
  • Typical cloudy day at the beach complete with a bit of sea foam and a very mall black dot on the horizon which was actually two of the people seen on the beach.
May 13, 2014 - oceanwalker842
Beautiful, warm, sunny day with only moderate winds from the north. On a stretch of beach that is normally devoid of traces of humans, seeing the many scattered pieces of broken Plexiglas, plastic...
  • View from the trail..just missed the eagle.
  • Probably from the tsunami. Or maybe Tom Hanks' long lost companion.
  • Plastic tray  approximately 12" x 24" see writing in next photo.
  • Writing on tray
  • typical net floats
  • Typical plastic bottle with Japanese characters on lid.
  • Many, many crab casing along with broken clam shells and a few sand-dollars.And, NO this isn't a "staged" photo...there were MANY casings along the tide line.
  • Two larger plastic net floats approximately 12-14 inches in diameter found in the beach grass near the trail sign at the beach end of the trail. Evidently someone was "hiding' them.


August 12, 2013 - oceanwalker842
Nice hiking weather. Mid 60's with very little wind in the 3-4 1/2 mph range. Intermittent fog/heavy overcast, but sun's radiation through the overcast made wearing even a light jacket seem too warm...
  • tubular "things" approximately 1/8 inch in diameter. If you have any idea what these are, please let me know.
  • Many dead crabs and crab parts
  • One of the trail's inhabitants.
  • Crabs parts etc
  • more parts
June 3, 2013 - oceanwalker842
Beautiful, very windy day. Started out at 63 degrees and by the time we finished, the temp rose to 73. Many scattered small pebbles (1 1/2 inches and smaller) plus small pieces of broken shells,...
  • That's it
April 1, 2013 - oceanwalker842
Very quiet...peaceful...void of humanity...nice!First, there was no sign of tsunami debris from Japan. Looked as though the dog (according to the tracks at the beach) might have been more interested...
  • What more can I say...driftwood and sand
  • View from the trail leading to the shore


April 3, 2008 - Foggy
Closest access to this beach is the Dunes Overlook. Trail is well-maintained, about a half mile long, and does not require any wading. Very light human use on this beautiful warm day.
  • Beach is almost paved with clam shell fragments, sanddollars, and a few medium rocks
  • Lone snowy plover about 50 feet outside marked and restored nesting area, apparently looking for suitable camping spot.
  • Adult gull in flight. Just a 90mm lens, so this guy was pretty close.
  • Large areas of the foredune had been bulldozed and leveled to restore plover nesting areas. These areas were very well-marked with signs and roped off. Humans were observing the restrictions.
  • Macro shot of test (shell) of recently-deceased excentric sand dollar, Dendraster excentricus, about 3 inches diameter. Sand dollars are Echinoderms, distant relatives of sea stars and urchins.
  • Aircraft are supposed to keep at least 1000 feet AGL over the beach, I believe. This helicopter was zipping down the beach at 100 feet or so.


November 20, 2007 -
Found 10 dead birds, 8 possibly Northern Fulmars. The Army Corps is still preparing the sand for snowy plover. Fishing line entangling kelp shows ODFW Permit # 96011, Tier # 300, Tag # 47, 2006-07...
  • Permit # 96011, Tier # 300, Tag # 047, 2006-07 Season
November 19, 2007 - VKnox2
My last Year's end Report (I've moved). The National Guard continues their work on the Snowy Plover enhancement project. A variety of animal tracks peppered the beach, including scavengers looking...
March 6, 2007 - VKnox2
The National Guard is nearing completion of the Snowy Plover nesting area enhancement project. The grade is nearly perfect at 4% slope. Great job! Happy Crew!
  • Lunch Break photo-op!
February 12, 2007 - VKnox2
The Guard is doing a great job of removing beach grass and sand thereby enhancing habitat for the Snowy Plover. Sadly, beach grass expansion has engulfed several areas populated by Spiranthes,...
  • Enhancing Snowy Plover nesting habitat by removing introduced exotics and the growing medium.


September 17, 2006 - SNoble
20-40 people on the mile, nearly all were doing the SOLV Clean-up, also Sheriff's work crew were removing ropes and signs for the Plover areas as season has ended.
June 11, 2006 - SNoble
This visit was at ODNRA dune access. No people at the Overlook but eight on the trail and four on the mile to the beach. The areas where the restoration project took place are starting to vegetate...