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Sleeping Giant Trail

Nounou Road, Nonou West Trail, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96747
+1 808-464-0840
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“east side” (48 reviews)
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Nounou Road, Nonou West Trail, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96747
+1 808-464-0840
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Reviewed yesterday

We approached this trail from the east, leaving the car in a VERY small parking area. If this area has experienced a lot of rain, you are going to navigate some pretty slippery sections. The best advice is to focus on good quality hiking boots,...More

Thank A M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good way to see the Sleeping giant mountain ridge. we took the Kuamo'o-Nounou trail head to go on the hike. It had been raining the previous week so the trail was muddy and slippery in spots. Other than that it was a...More

Thank daveb914
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

3 different trails to the same goal. We did the Kuamo'o-Nounou trail, where the parking is on the Kauamo'o road, parking on the right side .5 miles past the 2mile marker past the Opaeka'a falls view point. This trailhead is easy to find once you...More

1  Thank Kip F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice hike for almost anyone. Make sure you go past the picnic tables and continue the short hike to the top. There are some boulders to climb but they look harder than they are. I managed with a bad ankle to complete the hike and...More

1  Thank Darcie1129
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

views are incredible!! if you like rocky heights go past the picnic tables onto his "face" it's a rush!! amazing view from the top...i suggest taking off early morning...like 7ish....it gets pretty warm on the east path on your way up.

Thank Erin L
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Easy hike, great warm up for bigger hikes on the Island. Awesome views from lookouts throughout and the summit. The Giants Chin was fun, a very narrow ridge walk to the chin with a steep drop makes it nerve racking for folks who have fear...More

Thank Thomas C
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

This is a hike/climb with 2-3 minor rock 6ft climbing sections, total of over 1,000ft assent. I would suggest planning for to be on trail for 2-3+ hours depending on your fitness condition. Bring good hiking shoes, (leave your Zumba shoes at home), plenty of...More

Thank Ramon S
Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Kapaa, so this trail was very close to us! Beautiful trail which you can start close to the highway or at another point near a residential area, which we did. Be careful when you start, we made the mistake of turning right...More

1  Thank Lorraine B
Reviewed 21 September 2017

This hike can be quick! The east trail is right up the side of the mountain and the views are breathtaking. With a healthy handful of water breaks, and some exploring at the top, the whole thing was done in 2 hours for my husband...More

1  Thank Kathryn N
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Fun hike. Not overly difficult. Can be hot so start out early. We got there about 8am. Took us about 3hrs round trip. Wear hiking or tennis shoes no flip flops. Bring plenty of water. My husband and I are 51 and in average shape.

1  Thank tomnypets
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24 May 2017|
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Response from TJHolland | Reviewed this property |
if im not mistaken, the beginning is the same. However, about 50-100 yards up the trail splits and go right or left ( east or west). we took the well traveled east (Left) route. its was moderate to diffult. A local... More
20 July 2016|
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Response from deela13 | Reviewed this property |
This hike is definitely best in the mornings during the summer months. Check the forecast for rain before you go.
5 September 2015|
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Response from KauaiHITraveler | Reviewed this property |
I would say to take the Lokelani Rd. Entrance. It's a shorter hike and it also brings you to the opposite side of the mountain to avoid the early morning sun. Start early and bring water and mosquito repellant. There are... More