Mile 315 Report

May 30, 2018
by JDPphotography

Chapman Beach north, Chapman Point, Ecola SP
Wednesday 2:15 PM
65° F
Tide Level:
2.6 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Playing in surf:
Apparent Violations:
remnants of a campfire on the beach
Activity Comments:
There were two couples on Crescent Beach, plus me. One couple sat for a while on a driftwood log, then went into the surf for just a few minutes. One person was walking along the beach while their partner reclined on a large rock and rested. There was an installation of driftwood in a formation as a shrine/ritual/religion that included the driftwood logs (small) with sticks and other washed up matter, plus a feather. Clearly, a manmade installation of natural objects found on the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
A few birds overhead and on the rocks. A large flock of birds churned the air and settled in the water between a couple of sea stacks.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
A crab trap had washed up to the furthest drift line (close to the cliff) or could have been pulled in by a human.
New Development:
Natural Changes:
This was my first visit to Crescent Beach. I will be able to compare after next visit.

Crescent Beach is incredibly pristine and secluded. It is not easy to access the beach. While there are two trails, they both feed into the single trail down to the beach.


Crescent Beach, below Ecola State Park and just north of Chapman Point/North Chapman Beach, is pristine, secluded and difficult to access. There were a total of five people on the beach - two unrelated couples and me. It was sunny and there was a moderate, chilly breeze. Most notable observations were a manmade shrine/altar made of driftwood with other found objects and a feather, as well as a crab trap washed up to the back of the shore almost against the cliff. I did not remove the crab trap. It was bulky and I wasn't sure I could manage to bring it up to the street level because of the trail climbing difficulty.

  • driftwood and crab trap
    Driftwood and Crab Trap washed up against the cliff
    Crescent Beach near stairway
    May 30, 2018
  • Crescent Beach and sea stacks
    Crescent Beach and Sea Stacks
    Center of Crescent Beach at point of access stairway
    May 30, 2018
  • Driftwood shrine
    Manmade religious symbols at the south end of Crescent Beach
    Near cliff at south end of Crescent Beach bordering Chapman Point
    May 30, 2018
  • Driftwood campfire remains
    Driftwood campfire remains
    Near entrance to beach by the stairway
    May 30, 2018
  • Washed up in the tide line
    Washed up in the tide line
    At the center of the entire beach and various locations on the beach.
    May 30, 2018
  • Two people recreating on Crescent Beach
    Two people recreating on Crescent Beach
    North of the stairway entry to Crescent Beach
    May 30, 2018
  • Two people walking barefoot on Crescent Beach
    Two people walking barefoot on Crescent Beach
    Center of Crescent Beach from the stairway above
    May 30, 2018
  • Free street parking inland from Crescent Beach
    Free street parking inland from Crescent Beach
    At the corner of 8th Street and Ash, Cannon Beach - above Crescent Beach.
    May 30, 2018
  • Direction signs above Crescent Beach
    Direction signs above Crescent Beach
    On the trail just inside Ecola State Park entrance gate.
    May 30, 2018
  • Tree trunk as driftwood
    Tree trunk as driftwood - very young and not weathered
    Just south of the center of Crescent Beach.
    May 30, 2018
Other Mile 315 Reports (24)


June 15, 2022 - tabeag
Lots of tide pooling activity because of the -1.9 tide. Three or four black oystercatcher pairs in this area and Ecola Point, one pair likely nesting, another pair appear to be considering a nesting...
May 4, 2022 - tabeag
Quiet day on the beach, minimal visitors.
March 26, 2022 - tabeag
A resident was walking from Chapman Point toward the river when two dogs, a husky and a black lab, ran up to her, barking and chasing her.  The dogs had leashes trailing on the ground, but no owner...


October 15, 2021 - tabeag
Beautiful day to hike in to Crescent Beach.  Saw gulls chasing an adult eagle by Chapman Point, a pair of hawks gliding overhead for over an hour and a half, and six black oystercatchers foraging on...
July 11, 2021 - tabeag
Quite a few people enjoying a Sunday morning walk on the beach at low tide, able to walk to Crescent Beach via the sand bridge by the first Bird Rock.  Significant amount of mussel harvesting on the...
June 16, 2021 - tabeag
A tourist attempted to climb the west end of the first Bird Rock at Chapman Point for a photo opportunity, flushing two black oystercatcher parents from their nest and away from their chicks.
June 15, 2021 - tabeag
Hiked in and out to Crescent Beach.  Tide pools look healthy and abundant.  Live mussels were dropped at regular intervals along the trail from Crescent Beach to Ecola Road, left to die and decay.  ...
  • Mussels Dropped Along the Trail at Crescent Beach
May 22, 2021 - tabeag
Most of the people on Crescent Beach hiked over before low tide.  The sand bridge by Chapman Point was knee deep at low tide, so a few people crossed to Crescent Beach during that interval.
May 15, 2021 - tabeag
All dogs off leash.
April 3, 2021 - tabeag
Hauled a couple wood pallets to the bottom of the northern set of stairs to combine with large trash others have hauled there previously.
  • Crescent Beach
  • Crescent Beach Trash
March 4, 2021 - tabeag
A rare rainy, windy winter day with no activity on the beach.  Unsuccessfully attempted to clean up wet sand microplastics with a strainer, but the strainer grid was too small.  It is difficult to...
  • North End Cannon Beach
February 18, 2021 - tabeag
Quiet on Crescent Beach today, no one else there but me.  Picked up trash - 34 bottle caps, 19 tube ends, 6 plastic ?, 1 plastic bottle, and 1 intact light bulb.
  • Plastic Trash
  • Trash Plastic Micro
  • Crescent Beach
February 4, 2021 - tabeag
Quiet day, picked up lots of trash on Crescent Beach.  Lots of microplastic.
  • Crescent Beach Trash Plastic
  • Crescent Beach Trash


July 9, 2020 - jessejones
  • Large hermit crab with barnacles attached, and a small snail


September 28, 2018 - JDPphotography
On this visit to Crescent Beach, I concentrated on the north section of beach directly beneath Ecola State Park parking lot.There were seven (7) people on the beach when I and my party of three...
  • Crescent Beach driftwood lodged
  • Broken sea shell Crescent Beach
  • Barnacles on sea stacks
  • Close up of dead jellyfish
  • Dead jellyfish in relation to location on beach
  • Broken fence on side of bluff
  • Feather with insect
  • Sunbathing on Crescent Beach
  • Feather stuck in the sand
  • Dragon in the sand
  • Nathan (heart) Jasmine
  • Cairns and waterfall on Crescent Beach
  • Cairns and rocks on Crescent Beach
  • Crab shell and sea stacks
  • Seashell and bird rocks Crescent Beach


September 24, 2017 - JDPphotography
Original report was saved and published before I added all the images (I'm new to this system, so please forgive). This Dispatch is simply to add all the images I have for this report.
  • Crescent Beach from Ecola State Park.
  • Tillamook Rock Light.
  • Ecola State Park near parking lot.
  • Giant driftwood on North Chapman Beach.
  • Fire pit on North Chapman Beach.
  • Wide angle view of Chapman Point and Bird Rocks.
  • Rising tide on North Chapman Beach.
  • Wind blown trees capping basalt rock North Chapman Beach.
  • Basalt rock at surf line low tide.
  • Chapman Point from North Chapman Beach.
  • Driftwood at surf line below Chapman Point.
  • Chapman Point water line.
  • Vertical panorama of Chapman Point.
  • Haystack Rock from North Chapman Beach.
  • Dog and Master on the beach at rising tide.
  • Sand eddies from rising tide on North Chapman Beach.
  • Vehicle on the beach with seagull - North Chapman Beach.
  • Sunbather waiting for surfer - North Chapman Beach.
  • Games at the beach - North Chapman Beach.
  • Path to 7th and Ash from Chapman Beach.
  • Path from 7th Street to Chapman Beach, Chapman Point and Bird Rocks
September 24, 2017 - JDPphotography
As this was my first visit to my mile, I wanted to get baseline images so that on subsequent visits, I will be able to note any changes in the topography, and any other issues that a CoastWatcher...
  • Ecola State Park Monument
August 27, 2017 - BJOsakoda
It was a nice, clear sunny day. Numerous amount of people walking along the beach with families and pets. Tide was very low today, not many sea stars can be seen in the tidepools. Driftline had quite...
  • Chapman Point view south to Haystack Rock
  • Chapman Point view north- tree line debris field
  • Chapman Point view NW with shorebirds and juvenile gull
  • unidentified dead bird
  • Unidentified dead bird
  • Chapman Point Healthy sea star 1
  • Chapman Point Healthy sea star 2
  • Chapman Point wrack line mole crab molts
  • Chapman Point wrack line sand dollar remnants
  • Chapman Point Reflections
July 4, 2017 - newton
Crisp morning.  3 people, 1 loose dog.  4 dead birds. The pool between Chapman Point and Crescent Beach is almost filled in with sand and easily passable. 


October 23, 2014 - Volunteer Trainer
Perfect day for a Marine Debris Surveysummer-like weather between storms, beginning of transect line looking south 
  • OMDT survey beginning of transect line looking south
  • Chapman Point looking south- Beach Structure
  • wrack line looking to the north of the site
  • cloudy at the beginning of the survey


September 18, 2010 - Beachie47
Weather was drizzly but calm. Few people on beach, two sitters were under a temporary pavillion set up on beach at Chapman Pt., with chairs, as for a wedding. Most notable find was body of dead...
  • Body badly decomposed, with a number of holes in carcass (gunshot wounds?). I observed it from the south side of the creek on the day before, with gulls feeding on it.
  • Found an area with a number of bones (ribs with cartilage and backbone bits attached. Also some skin. Very old.
March 21, 2010 - Beachie47
Beach was pretty well swept clean of debris by high tides. Most notable was the settlement of baby barnacles on rocks and mussel beds making them appear gray. The erosion of the bank mentioned in the...
  • Erosion at end of Larch Street and Breakers Point Condominiums


November 29, 2009 - Beachie47
Weather was spectacular, so lots of people were taking advantage to walk on beach. Then there were the two idiots who were swimming in deep water on an outgoing tide! The beach itself was swept...
  • Shows clean beach, a few walkers and logs thrown up high on beach.
  • Small rockfall in cove at Chapman Point.
  • Young male found on banks of Ecola Creek, 11/1/09, NOT on our mile, but adjacent to (just south) of mile 315. Was ill with leptospirosis, but drinking fresh water and looking like it had a good chance to survive.
September 18, 2009 - Beachie47
Lots of sea palms washed up because of big surf. Also sea grass.