Sleeping Giant Via Nounou Mountain Trail

MODERATE 42 reviews

Sleeping Giant Via Nounou Mountain Trail is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kapaa, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.6 miles 964 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Climb the face of the fabled sleeping giant, and prey you don't wake him! Local legend tells of a giant who feasted so much at a party in his honor that he laid down for a nap and never awoke, and when you see the mountain's resemblance to a sleeping giant from the nearby town of Kapa'a you can see why the legend persists. This is a nice little hike if you're in the area, and a great way of sampling some of Kauai's exotic plant life and bird population. Certainly it's not the greatest trail on the island (particularly when it's up against such stiff competition) but if you're planning to be spending some time around the leeward side soaking up some rays, then it's worth checking out. The trail ends at a picnic shelter on the "chest" of the Sleeping Giant in Nonou Forest Reserve, where there are vistas of the ocean coastline, as well as inland to the Wailua River and Mount Waialeale. The west side trail joins this trail near the 1.5 mile post.

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1 month ago

Super hike. Once you get to the picnic table/rest area, make the effort to go up to the peak. A little more technical but worth it! Spectacular views.

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1 month ago

Great hike, hard incline but worth it. Took two teenagers and they did just fine.
Go all the way to the tip top!

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3 months ago

I hike this at least once a week if I can, it's the best exercise!

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4 months ago

Vista views along the way...about 4 miles total round trip if you go from the trailhead on the app. Once you get to the picnic tables on top, you can keep going to the left to the "nose", which is narrow in places and very high!!! The sign says that the trail ends. Worth the view. Definitely more of a summit-type hike. The first 1.5 miles are switch backs with a moderate incline and the major reward (for me anyway) was at the tip top.

Very fun in and out trail with some great views. Moderate incline until the peak nice picnic tables on top. I will do this one again.

4 months ago

was so beautiful, and my 4 and 9 year Olds loved it!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike, steep going up, beautiful scenery, a great workout, a hike you can do everyday!

5 months ago