Mile 40 Report

May 7, 2014
by azbeach

North of Sisters Rocks, cliffs south of Arizona Beach
Wednesday 11:40 AM
57° F
Moderate from the NW
Tide Level:
1.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Only 2 of the remaining 3 sheep seen. BLOY heard but not seen. Elk footprints and scat.
Dead Birds:
No dead birds found.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Small rocks
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff
The drainage pipe toward the south end of the mile (below the Pigeon Pt. area), photo posted in previous report, is now gone. Photo included showing where it used to be.
The welcoming Arizona Beach Motel office/dwelling has been lost to what appears to be a recent fire. 2 floats, "Made in Japan" Ubejushikako Co. with Common Goose Barnacle attached, approx. 12" in diameter, the other with tiny mollusks attached, all writing Asian.Sheep looking weary and rag-tag -- maybe just a seasonal shed. Where is the 3rd of this regular trio?While not abundant, Yellow Sand Verbena, Beach Morning Glory, Seashore Lupine, Pacific Silverweed, Beach Sagewort, and Yarrow, mostly all in bloom.Only nature and us on this beautiful, wild mile.
  • Flows due north and opens just before large rocks on Mile 39
    Flows due north and opens just before large rocks on Mile 39
    north end of mile
    May 7, 2014
  • Arizona Beach Lodge Office/Home lost to fire
    Arizona Beach Lodge Office/Home lost to fire
    May 7, 2014
  • Large pipe formerly protruding from the bank, now gone.
    Large pipe formerly protruding from the bank, now gone.
    Pigeon Pt. area
    May 7, 2014
  • south of Pigeon Pt. area
    May 7, 2014
  • rocky point south of north end of mile entry
    May 7, 2014
  • larger float, Ubejushikako Co., 12" diameter - Common Goose Barnacles attached
    larger float, Ubejushikako Co., 12" diameter - Common Goose Barnacles attached
    south end of mile
    May 7, 2014
  • north end of mile
    May 7, 2014
  • Shows "Box" Island grazed down by the sheep
    Shows "Box" Island grazed down by the sheep
    Frankport site -- looking north
    May 7, 2014
Other Mile 40 Reports (27)


January 12, 2017 - azbeach
This is not a full report -- a placeholder for our 4th qrtr 2016 observations.  We started at the north end of the mile, Arizona Beach access, during the high King Tide.  The photos show wave...


September 9, 2016 - azbeach
Beautiful day on beautiful beach.  Today's temperature was 79 when we started and 84 when we finished.  In August, 2015, one year ago, the temperature was 63 -- nearly 20 degrees cooler.  To the non-...
April 2, 2016 - azbeach
Mussel Ck. meanders and now enters south of AZ Beach -- the mouth has moved significantly south. ATV trail (approx. mid-mile) access from beach now blocked by large rocks. Sand now covers beach area...
  • Now flows north before making an abrupt turn to the south before entering ocean
  • Entering ocean, Mussel Creek
  • Last quarter this was a sandy beach
  • Last quarter this beach was all boulders -- now sand
  • Pigeon Pt. access from house to beach
  • Erosion, Foredune disappearing
  • Interesting kelp - near Pigeon Pt. access on mile


December 19, 2015 - azbeach
The mile could not be accessed from Arizona Beach -- Mussel Creek was impassable; the southern access from Frankport site was flooded, we parked in the area south of that. Because of high seas with...
  • Arizona Beach parking lot
  • Mussel Creek Impassable
  • Erosion at north end of mile
  • Picnic area on top of bluff - north end of mile
  • BLOY! to the World
  • Frankport Site parking area
  • View from the South End of the Mile
  • More from the South End
August 26, 2015 - azbeach
Tracks of apparently illegal vehicle spotted. Black oystercatchers, turkey vulture, osprey observed.
  • Crusted and cracking sandy shore
  • OHV operation is prohibited, unless the operator has a specific permit.
  • easy going because of sand levels
  • Meandering Mussel Creek, looking south to Humbug Mtn.
June 22, 2015 - azbeach
Seasonal sands have arrived, making this mile very accessible. No problem to walk the entire mile without bouldering or going overland. Lots of footprints, minimal debris, land or marine-based.
  • Flows to the north, then west - empties at Mile 41.
  • access thru this arch
March 19, 2015 - azbeach
Mussel Creek channel is meandering, narrower and deepening. This mile remains relatively free of human/marine-caused debris.The new signage at the Arizona Beach end and Sisters Rocks end makes clear...


November 16, 2014 - azbeach
Mussel Creek continues to flow south to north, and then west to join the ocean. The water volume is lower and sand mounds interrupt the usually free-flowing waters.From observation, the BLOY...
  • feeding at the waterline, eventually moving to islands as tide receded.
  • trail to the north of Frankport site now covered with sand, easier going
  • creek split by sand mounds, lessening flow
  • Meadowlark at parking for Arizona Beach
August 7, 2014 - azbeach
This usually pristine, wild mile was wrought with human activity this day. Rogue sheep not seen except for the remains of one, replaced by horses bearing riders; a new trail for access across rocky...
  • 3 sheep last seen in May; none in August
  • Flows north, and then west at beginning of Mile 41
January 25, 2014 - azbeach
The mouth of Mussel Creek has moved south, with the creek running north, meandering, and then west to the sea.Except for the 3 curious, cautious sheep, minimal animal life. Another beautiful day!


October 29, 2013 - azbeach
Just another day in paradise . . . Heartened to continue to see less human-caused debris.
  • The 3 wait for the low tide for access to this off-shore island
  • Flows south to north and then west into the ocean.  Requires a wade
  • Curious, but not alarmed.
July 29, 2013 - azbeach
Another beautiful, exceedingly windy, yet warm day. Unable to cross Mussel Creek. Swollen, running south to north, with no visible outlet..Seasonal sand drifts covering boulder areas, so crossing...
  • 3 sheep on the beach and bluff
  • Frankport site trail
  • Not previously seen
  • locust
  • running south to north, with no apparent outlet
April 28, 2013 - azbeach
Correction to previous reports, inadvertently identifying the grazing roamers on our mile as domestic goats. I've been informed, and confirmed, that these are actually sheep. I'm posting this in...
  • split upper lip, tails down -- a couple clues I just discovered
April 4, 2013 - azbeach
Starting in dense fog, and returning with the skies lifting. Mussel Creek, requiring crossing in SOLV bags, is full and flows due north into mile 41.Another intriguing trek, especially since the...


October 25, 2012 - azbeach
Domestic goats again roaming, grazing at the south end of Mile 40, Frankport site area.
August 12, 2012 - azbeach
A mile of discovery and intrigue -- this time, domestic goats!Despite dog-days of summer being enjoyed by humans engaged in pleasurable activities, no dogs! Minimal debris, both marine and land-...
  • 4 female domestic goats, two with collar and tag.  Imagine our excitement in thinking they were wild!
  • Grazing goats . . .
  • Grazing goats . . .
  • Not a challenge to cross.  The south-headed creek ends in the sand, before reaching the sea.
  • Another beautiful day at Mile 40
May 10, 2012 - azbeach
Very low tide permitted access to most of this mile, north to south (except for "the point" which was observed from above and from the south). Gorgeous day -- windy beach protected by Humbug Mtn....
  • When visible, this piece of machinery (from old Frankport operation) is usually embedded in sand
April 15, 2012 - azbeach
An abandoned fire took our time and attention on the south end of the mile (north from Sisters Rocks). Due to winter storms, we were unable to cross the hugely expanded Mussel Creek at the Arizona...
  • What we thought would be an uneventful day
  • Boys shouldn't play with fire!  Unusual behavior, and ultimately abandoning a sizable driftwood fire.No plates on front of vehicle, and Oregon plate on back was obscured.
  • Huge and uncrossable, Mussel Creek now runs a long way north before cutting west to the sea.  Much deeper than it looks!


November 27, 2011 - azbeach
Mussel Creek now opens directly west -- wading to cross required. Seasonal sand removal makes this a "bouldering" mile -- difficult to walk it. Very little evidence of marine or human debris...
  • This wheel is exposed seasonally
July 28, 2011 - azbeach
The outlet of Mussel Creek has significantly moved to the south. The portion of Mussel Ck. that traverses the sand has created a dividing line between the west side wave-swept beach where there is...
  • Concrete/cement bag steps at Pigeon  Pt. access to beach.
  • "Steps" to beach below houses at Pigeon Pt.
May 24, 2011 - azbeach
Although this stretch of coastline is remarkable in itself, nothing of moment to report this time. Mussel Creek has again altered southward, where it now opens. Must be waded for beach access....
  • direction change
  • re-built staircase
  • Erosion - bluff deterioration
  • More erosion
January 2, 2011 - azbeach
Again, a great way to start a New Year, new decade. Most notable, the cliff erosion below established dwellings. On a positive note, marine and land debris minimal - less than a full SOLV bag. The...
  • Drainage pipe, rutted soil


September 30, 2010 - azbeach
Like having our own private beach . . . not another footprint. Another beautiful day on the mile. Most pleasantly, the marine/beach debris was significantly not present. Time of season?...
  • Photogenic BLOY group
  • Drift line content - amazing amounts of Sea Palms and algaes
  • Concrete mix bags placed to form steps below wooden stair structure
July 15, 2010 - azbeach
Beach to ourselves until the return trip. Mussel Creek shallower, easier to cross. Less marine and human/land debris this time. Lots of "bouldering" on this mile; had to complete the most...
  • Bank above foredune flowing to the sea . . .
  • One of adult pair that had been sitting in the sand
  • Concrete bags
April 18, 2010 - azbeach
Another terrific adventure along this wild mile. Spring flowers including iris, strawberry, aster, wild cucumber. We had to complete the mile from two access points because low tide still did not...
  • Swollen creek about 25' across, flowing north to ocean.  Water about 2' deep.  Brrrrr!
  • Looking north from impassable point.  (We then returned to AZ beach access and completed the mile north to south -- to this point)
  • Invasive species - Ice Plant quite abundant
  • Evidence of non-permitted vehicles entering from Frankport Site gate (opening at edge of gate large enough for vehicle access)
  • Arches and slots
February 7, 2010 - azbeach
This is an "interim" report. Mile 40 was mostly impassible, though a low .8 tide at 1:30 p.m. We observed from Arizona Beach and then walked as far as possible north from Frankport site, and viewed...
  • authorized vehicle entry?
  • Gate and access between gate and eroding bluff at Frankport site
  • making access along Mussel Creek north (Mile 41) impassible


December 28, 2009 - azbeach
Bicycle, road sign, tires, glass, plastic, styrofoam, tin - the only sign of humans was what they left behind. Garbage and debris, both discarded and drifted in from offshore activities, is very...
  • overview, from whence we came - starting above Frankport site
  • rock fields for foot paths; more erosion
  • looking north above homes on Pigeon Point