SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – August 2012

Top 3: Beach Campsites

Fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves in these remote sandy spots—no boardwalks allowed.

by: Kristy Holland and Rachel Zurer

all to yourself: visit toleak point on a weekday for more solitude. (Justin Bailie)
all to yourself: visit toleak point on a weekday for more solitude. (Justin Bailie)

Kohala Forest Reserve, HI
Waimanu Valley   
Visit a waterfall-framed black-sand beach. 

Paradise found: a perfect beach, 40 miles from the nearest resort crowds, with a palm-shaded camp at the mouth of a lush valley. Did we mention the 2,000-foot lava cliffs, freshwater cascades, and endangered monk seals? Hike to this idyllic spot on the Big Island's northeast coast via a 16.9-mile out-and-back from Waipio Valley. Wait until low tide to ford the knee-high Wailoa Stream (pack spare closed-toe shoes) before zigzagging up 1,200 feet in less than a mile. For the next 4.5 easy miles, trace the corrugated base of an ancient lava flow cut by a dozen creeks, then drop to black-sand Waimanu Valley beach. Spend two nights to swim, sun, and hike 2.4 round-trip miles to visit 1,000-foot Waiilikahi Falls (year-round hunting, so dress loud). (808-974-4221; camping.ehawaii.gov) Trip data backpacker.com/hikes/1672595

The way From Honokaa, take HI 240 N 6.6 miles; fork right on Kukuihaela Rd. In a mile, park at Waipio Valley Artworks ($15/night; 800-492-4746).  




Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):

Reader Rating: -

READERS COMMENTS

Red
Aug 23, 2012

Someone's never been to Florida. The state tree is the SABAL palm. Not SABLE. Sable is a fish, Sabal is a tree.

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Gear
What brand boots?
Posted On: Aug 29, 2014
Submitted By: HuntersHikes
Gear
Hiking on rocks
Posted On: Aug 29, 2014
Submitted By: Silock
Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions