Sleeping Giant Trail (from the North) is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kapaa, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
We have done this trail a number of times. it has some really nice vistas of the east shore and is really not a difficult trail to hike. It is one that recommend to a lot of visitors.
first hike on Kauai & loved it! it was a bit overcast but that was much appreciated. bring lots of water and a snack to enjoy your time up there. found a rope swing there too! loved the views all around
It was bit slippery and muddy after the rain but what a view when you get to the top.
This trail was a great way to see sweeping views on all sides. Absolutely beautiful on a sunny day. Keep going past the picnic tables for a little keyhole cave and amazing views.
Not a bad hike. Pretty easy uphill, nice views. Watch for spiders.
I'm giving this hike a 5 star solely on the amount of effort, location, and reward. It is not to the level of Nualolo, Kalalau, or Awaawapuhi but this is a just a great normal hike with an achievable distance, good burn from elevation gain and the reward at the end reveals some great sights. Not a difficult trail but is a great overall trail.
Nice, reasonably easy trail.
Trail was short and sweet. Great views at the top. When you get to the top there is a picnic table look out. Go to the left and there is a trail that tops out the peak with some slight safe scrambling. Well worth doing. There is a sign that says trail ends. But it clearly doesn't and keep going. I would make sure not to hike during or after rain. We hiked up and it started raining after we were going down and it was very VERY slippery. There were tourist looking people hiking up while we were down hiking and I'm sure there experience was not fun.
Make sure to use the switch backs. A lot of people cut off the switch backs and now trail erosion is visible. They need to put some logs to fix this.
Nice trail to follow and has some steep rocks to climb at the top. Beautiful view from the top. We missed the puka below us. You will notice a small trail to the side and that has a view from a hole in the mountain.
Awesome trail! We went all the way to the top for amazing views!
this hike was hella swag def would rec
Beautiful hike when the sun is shining. We went all the way up to the top of the Sleeping Giant, that hike round trip was 6 miles. The last .5 mile is up and up and some rock climbing...
Nice little hike that you can take your kids on... high traffic with a couple of tricky spots with ledges. Pretty views of the east side of the Island from the top.
Since everyone else said how amazing it is, here's a few tips:
Parking - you can park at the end of Lokelani or Crossley. Either takes you to the trail.
After the first .25-.5 miles, the trail forks, and unless you're looking for it, you might do what I did and take the wrong way. Once you're on the trial, it's uphill. If you're on a trail and there's any amount of level or downhill, you're on the wrong trail.
It was dry when I went. If raining, this would be a slick trail. That said, there are trees that drop these big "needles." Watch your footing on those - they have a tendency to roll.
Timing - this western approach was great for a morning hike. Shade all the way to the top. However, looking east in the morning (about 9 am) is almost impossible- the sun is reflecting off the ocean and it is blinding! Mid-day would be good for this hike (still lots of shade - there's a canopy most of the way).
If you go up fairly early, watch for spider webs. If you're not watching you will run into a web. Then you will attempt to karate-chop your way out of that mess in the most embarrassing display of slapstick since Abbot and Costello - and it is at that point that someone will see you. Just keep your head up, that's all I'm saying.
Amazing views on top. Make sure you go all the way to the end. A little scary if your afraid of heights. You get to the top so easy and its just incredible how much of both sides of the islands you can see. Felt like we were in the clouds. Not much parking and felt like we took the wrong trail way to much. A must for all!
This hike was great. It's definitely not 4 miles though. Felt more like 1.5 miles going up, if that even. The views are fantastic. You can see all the mountains around the whole island from the very top of the sleeping giants "chin". It takes a little climbing to get to the very top, but it's very doable and worth the effort.