Sleeping Giant (Nounou Mountain) West Trail

MODERATE 177 reviews

Sleeping Giant (Nounou Mountain) West Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kapaa, Hawaii 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.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
695 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

1 month ago

Nice hike, and fun even with the insane rain. We were soaked through the whole time, and you have to take your time since rain means mud and pretty consistent rain drainage I'm the trail. It was still fun and offered a nice and quick up and down with beautiful trees and overlooks that showed how foggy it was. Would love to do again when not raining.

1 month ago

Great hike!

1 month ago

A great hike with gorgeous views. Went the wrong way at one point because there are a few forks in the road and no signs, but just made the hike a little more fun.

2 months ago

slippery and muddy, some scrambling involved, beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

A very easy to follow trail that takes you to great views of Kapaa and the ocean. Definitely slippery in some spots but well worth the hike. A walking stick is helpful up and on the way down.

hiking
2 months ago

The views are great at the top past the benches. I can see why it’s a popular trail... a little too popular for my liking but it’s still nice, short, a good workout and you can fit it into a busy day. Slippery when wet.

hiking
2 months ago

Incredibly muddy hike during this wet season which is to be expected. Going down is particularly treacherous with a lot of slick spots, even when you think you’re in the clear it’s still slippery.
Even with this, it was worth it for the gorgeous views up top. Moderately steep going up.
Definitely recommend, but for a sunny day!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy uphill to the picnic table but then
more challenging for older less adventurous hikers to the top. Lots of vegetation and tree changes along the way. .mostly shaded canopy along the way makes it a cooler hike too.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing pano views at the summit. When you get up to the picnic tables, don’t stop :) Really great hike with a few challenging spots but nothing insurmountable for most. Definitely doing this one again.

3 months ago

Awesome panoramic views.

hiking
3 months ago

Our first hike in Kaua’i. Pretty steep towards the beginning. Some places look a little more daunting when you first see the (ie: a large rock that looks like there is not way to get over it without possibly hurting yourself) but once you see someone else do it you realize it’s not as hard as it looks and proceed.

camping
3 months ago

Not too difficult, but steep so it’s a little strenuous. The climb to the nose is more difficult than the hike to the chin (with the picnic bench), but definitely worth it as it offers a great view of the area.

hiking
4 months ago

Great easy hike for beginers or less than active family. It was VERY dry when we hiked. Halfway up do not take the scramble trail through the brush unless your willing to climb a couple small rock faces. Great view points through the hike and at the top!

hiking
4 months ago

So beautiful, but very muddy! A good easy workout for an adult.

hiking
5 months ago

A few rock spots, pay attention to trail signs or you may take the dangerous way. Only two spots of rock area that may deter some hikers, one in the beginning and one right before the top. Muddy spots you may need a stick if you don’t like muddy shoes to help you get along the edge of the spots. Don’t forget bug spray and water. Humid day it can feel a bit suffocating in some spots.

hiking
5 months ago

Rando courte. Fin sympa dans les rochers. Belle vue sur la cote est de Kauai.

5 months ago

Absolutely awesome - pretty steep uphill, especially towards the end but very doable with the rocks. Great views from the top. Can be done in under 2 hours, so perfect to squeeze into a full day

hiking
6 months ago

View was incredible at the top, especially having passed the picnic table at the top to hike a little higher. If you go that route, be cautious - it’s steep! But the rocks make it a doable climb. I especially loved the forest at the beginning of the trail ... it made for a beautiful transition to dynamic views!

hiking
6 months ago

Very nice trail and an epic panorama view of the southeast side of Kauai. Make sure you have good shoes, as spots in the trail that are in the shade tend to get wet and muddy. We encountered a couple of dogs on the trail with their owners, Donita definitely pet friendly. Make sure to go .1 mile past the picnic tables at the top clearing to get to the summit of the Sleeping Giant! Hiked it on 10/10 when it was dry, not recommended after a heavy rain.

6 months ago

Early morning hike nice and cool! Steep in places wear good shoes!

hiking
6 months ago

Wish I read more into the reviews about the false summit. Even though we didn’t make it to the true summit, there were great views from where we were. The trail was very muddy, but it had stormed the whole day before we went on this hike.

7 months ago

Short and sharp. Beautiful vista. But not for young families.

hiking
8 months ago

The view at the top makes these hike worth it.

8 months ago

Great quick hike. Did it in the late afternoon. Views are amazing from the top. Highly recommended.

8 months ago

Great quick hike. Did it in the late afternoon. Views are amazing from the top. Highly recommended.

9 months ago

Very nice moderar hike! Nice partly shaded trail and beautiful vistas.

hiking
9 months ago

Well maintained path, not particularly challenging except for the elevation change. Beautiful views especially from the "chin".

9 months ago

Beautiful trail with gorgeous forest of enormous Norfolk Pines. Fairly steep but not too bad, nice place to picnic at top with several different views of the island.

9 months ago

Love this hike over and over again!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike, not crowded, spectacular views.

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