Sleeping Giant (Nounou Mountain) West Trail is a 1.6 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
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
656 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

Great hike! We were there the next day after the rain and it was quite muddy. Otherwise it was amazing.

13 days ago

This is a GORGEOUS hike!!! The views are outstanding. Like others have said, keep going after the picnic table. 360 degrees of views. There is mud and some scrambling, but bring one of the discarded walking sticks left by previous hikers to aid you a long the way.

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22 days ago

Love this hike. Fairly simple, but due to heat and humidity it gives mainlanders a good workout. I did work my way out to the sketchiest points of this hike, with its shear cliff drops. It’s very doable, just be smart and slow! Several people have fallen from this spot. So know your abilities, limitations and respect this giant!

hiking
1 month ago

The hike up the sleeping giant was amazing! Initially it can get very humid under the cover of the canopy, but becomes very exposed further on the ridge so remember sun block. There is a short “scramble” after the picnic area, which is not difficult at all. Many people like to hang out along the sketchy ridge of rocks, because of the beautiful view but if you keep following the trail up the ridge to the right you you’ll get views inland, with less folks and flat open landing area to stand/sit/eat/take pictures. A must do in Kauai, bring water, sun block, snacks and stay on the marked trails and you’ll have an amazing experience!

There are three different ways to hit this trail, and the longest and most interesting (and muddy) is off Kuamo’o by the horses (just past Opaekaa Falls). The shortest and second favorite is off Lokelani in the Wailua Homesteads. My least favorite is from sea level, through the Wailua Houselots simply because you’re in full sun the whole way and it can get really hot.

This is a fabulous trail, relatively easy, with spectacular views. My only recommendation is to forego walking on the “neck/head of the giant” as the trail is super narrow and the drops are shear. We have lost a few along this section (past the picnic tables) and it’s devastating.

Great hike and a regular/staple on my “to do” list.

1 month ago

Nice trail. Beautiful views—go all the way to the end! Need shoes with traction as it is slippery in parts even though it hasn’t rained in a few days.

hiking
1 month ago

Best to do this trail when it’s dry. Can get very muddy in wet conditions. Some rock scaling at the end but not too bad if you’re in decent shape. The views at the top are definitely worth it.

1 month ago

Nice short hike. Great views at the end. Muddy but could have been much worse if it were raining. Very few people at on the way up at about 2pm, packed on the way down.

hiking
1 month ago

If ever in Kauai take this hike for one reason... incredible ocean views from the hikes peak.. Level of skill is rated appropriately (moderate). The lack of elevation is surprising thinking you achieved higher. Two or three spots along the moderately groomed trail where you are actually rock climbing a 5’ wall. the rewards on the peak are well worth your sweat from both the task of the trail and humidity. Trail is extremely popular on weekends

1 month ago

This was a fun hike, not too challenging except in slippery spots. The views from the top are breath taking.

1 month ago

Amazing view if you can scale a rock wall to get to the viewpoint, very slippery wear hiking boots or shoes with a grip

hiking
1 month ago

Would love to do this hike when dry. It was storming today so we went when it cleared up in the evening. Trails were super muddy it became pretty treacherous. Incline is tough going up but enjoyable, going down was very slippery cuz of the rain. We’re going to try this one again, weather permitting, and if we have time.

hiking
1 month ago

Grueling hike to the top but the photos from the top make it totally worth it. IG: @0utd00rwan3r3r

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is not hard, a big part of the trail in the forest, you can feel a quiet atmosphere, it feels like good, the 360 view on the top looks beautiful, oceans and mountains of Kauai

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent views even when a little cloudy. It was muddy when we went so that along with the incline made it difficult but worth it.

The view from the top was not as dramatic due to cloudiness but still breathtaking. High winds made me feel uneasy at the summit so I didn’t get to take it in as much as I had planned.

Go off the beaten path just below the summit to find and open sky cave - that was my favorite part!

Quick hike - took a couple hours. Would highly recommend.

1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! You get nearly 360 degree views of the Island at the top. We highly recommend this hike! Pay attention when you’re coming back down the mountain as it splits - one direction goes down the east side and one goes down the west side of the mountain. There isn’t a sign when it splits, so just make sure to watch for the split and go the correct direction back to where you parked.

1 month ago

Challenging due to the incline. But only a couple of technically difficult parts. My old joints can't do the final part to his nose(?), but I Enjoy the view while John does that part.

2 months ago

Great trail to experience the mountain. Relatively shaded so the sun isnt beating on you. The views from the top were amazing and made the all-uphill climb well worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a relatively easy hike - a few tricky moments but as average hikers we were able to do it.

Make sure you wear proper footwear. We ran into a few people who were wearing water shoes or Converse — they were struggling at some of the muddy points.

I will say — some of the views along the way were better than the summit.

2 months ago

Amazing hike. Conditionally moderate, but not dangerous to get to the top! Amazing views. Liked this hike a lot.

2 months ago

Nice hike, but muddy and slippery in spots. Great views along the way to the top

2 months ago

The directions do NOT take you to the trail head.

2 months ago

Really enjoyed the hike. Amazing views plus a good blend of forest and trees with varying terrain. The trail is fairly steep which is particularly tricky on the way back down. But I was able to complete it with my baby strapped to me for what it's worth. Also, it should be noted that there is a designated trail head with a sign. The app's directions lead us to a neighborhood a few blocks east of where we should have parked and started our hike. So, if you don't see the official sign and path entry, wander in a bit closer to the mountain and you'll find some better parking options.

hiking
2 months ago

Like others have said wear hiking boots and take poles or a good sturdy stick for this one. The way up is steep and very humid with lots of mosquitos. It was dry the morning when we started and had been dry day before but through the forest everything was still muddy and was a challenging hike. Had to climb a bit in spots but nothing too bad. It started pouring rain when we were headed down and that’s when it got real
Interesting. It’s so steep and difficult to get footing on the slick clay when wet and shoes were full of mud. I actually fell a few times on the way down. The views were definitely worth it and I might do it again a but better prepared.

hiking
2 months ago

An awesome trip! Great views! We hiked there and back in about an hour. We had great weather and there was very little mud. If it is muddy it’ll be a little slippy.

Definitely go past the pick nick tables to the top. The views are great! There is some exposure though so be careful.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Must go past the picnic tables. The view is extraordinary! Put on mosquito repellent before the hike.

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3 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike which was our first in Kauai. As others have warned it was muddy, but nothing too bad. The hike included a little of everything-hiking through forests, mud and some scrambling. Lots of great views throughout the climb up. I definitely recommend continuing past the picnic tables at end for some fun scrambling to incredible views. We were the second car in the lot at the trailhead when we started at 8. Lot was full when we returned.

3 months ago

Amazing views. Not too bad climb. But it's muddy. Better to bring a walking stick. There were few walking sticks that people used at the beginning of the trail. Find a good one and that will help you coming down.

3 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike! It was worth going past the picnic tables for a higher view of both the ocean and Kapaa.

hiking
3 months ago

The hike is fun and somewhat challenging. The initial part of the hike is through a forest of gigantic trees which by itself is worth checking out. There are some funky parts of the trail you will have to climb around but getting to the series of views at the top is totally worth it. There is also a really neat wind cave just under the first peak. Don't miss it!

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