Mile 249 Report

January 31, 2009
by Alex Derr

Location:
Tillamook
Cascade Head, Two Arches
Conditions:
Saturday 1:17 PM
Sunny
45° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
5.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
No evidence of human activity below the top of the cliffs.
Notable Wildlife:
None noted. Sea lions frequent this area, but I didn't see any today. There was a whale about 1/2 mile offshore.
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
New Development:
Modifications:
none
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Visible retreat of solid bluff·Landslides/major boulder falls
Comments:
A landslide started near the top of the bluff at Cascade Head and swept hundreds of trees into a pile at the shoreline. Some trees and a lot of dirt have been swept into the ocean. I believe this occurred within the past two weeks, based on conversation with another pilot who flies this route frequently.
Summary:
A landslide started near the top of the bluff at Cascade Head and swept hundreds of trees into a pile at the shoreline. Some trees and a lot of dirt have been swept into the ocean. I believe this occurred within the past two weeks, based on conversation with another pilot who flies this route frequently.
  • View of the landslide from the northwest. This clearly shows the freshly exposed dirt near the top and rock farther down, as well as the huge pile of trees at the shoreline.
    View of the landslide from the northwest. This clearly shows the freshly exposed dirt near the top and rock farther down, as well as the huge pile of trees at the shoreline.
    January 31, 2009
  • View of the landslide from the southwest. This is a bit higher perspective, and it shows all of Cascade Head so you can see exactly where the slide occurred. Also note the muddy water at the base of the slide.
    View of the landslide from the southwest. This is a bit higher perspective, and it shows all of Cascade Head so you can see exactly where the slide occurred. Also note the muddy water at the base of the slide.
    January 31, 2009
  • View of the landslide from the west. This photo shows the trails and the rocky beach just south of the slide.
    View of the landslide from the west. This photo shows the trails and the rocky beach just south of the slide.
    January 31, 2009