Mile 156 Report

August 19, 2014
by Radioguy

Location:
Douglas
Oregon Dunes NRA, over dunes from Tahkenitch Creek
Conditions:
Tuesday
Foggy
65° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
4.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
FS Trail Walker
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
6
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Lots of vehicle tracks on both miles 156 and 157 but could be Forest Service monitoring Snowy Plover sites.
Notable Wildlife:
Osprey, Swallow (not sure which one, Turkey vulture, deer tracks down to the water and back on mile 157
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Shells
Three fishing floats about 1 foot in diameter
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
No problems
Summary:
My first trip to mile 156. I had to cross mile 157 to get to "my" mile. Both miles had no significant issues to report. About a four hour round trip walk from the Oregon Dunes Overlook parking lot going west to the beach and then down the beach over mile 157 to get to mile 156. Had to stay on the wet sand because of the snowy plover restrictions.
Other Mile 156 Reports (9)

2015

February 22, 2015 - Radioguy
I had been wondering how I could get all the trash off my mile of beach since it is relatively remote in an area where vehicles are not normally permitted. The Surfrider beach cleanup was a welcome...
January 22, 2015 - Radioguy
I cross Mile 157 to get to mile 156. Not much going on on this remote section of beach. Saw a few footprints of walkers but no motorized tracks. There's some trash washed up, floats, bottles and a...

2012

June 20, 2012 - JELong
The entire length of mile 156 is now a protected nesting zone for Snowy Plovers. It has been roped off from behind the fore-dune to approximately 10 feet above the summer mean high tide line. This...

2010

October 8, 2010 - oldMGguy
Due to the nice weather, I hiked the entire 4.5- mile US Forest Service's Oregon Dunes Overlook Loop Trail #1334. From the parking lot, it's a short mile to the beach, then 1.1 miles down the beach...
September 8, 2010 - JELong
Not much out of the ordinary for this stretch of beach. The summer winds had blown sand back onto the beach and filled in along the base of the foredune, covering a lot of the more permanent old...
March 23, 2010 - JELong
What a great March day on the Oregon Coast! Almost still in the morning, no clouds or wind, temp around 60, just my dear friend Bonnie and I hiking the dunes and the beach north of the mouth of...

2008

June 21, 2008 - JELong
We saw very little wildife activity, only a few small shorebirds and the one eagle. There were extremely few items of any kind washed ashore, they had probably already been buried under the influx...
March 8, 2008 - JELong
I hiked with my friend Bonnie on her mile, 157, then we headed south down my mile, 156. We both noted the almost total absence of foredune erosion or sand scouring on the upper beach. Although the...

2007

May 26, 2007 - JELong
I saw more people on my mile this time than ever. I believe this was because it was Memorial Day weekend, and a group of about 8 people had hiked in and camped on one of the oxbows of Tahkenitch...