Sleeping Giant (Nounou Mountain) West Trail

MODERATE 303 reviews

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

5 days ago

Loved it. Super muddy and slick. definitely need a walking stick for balance. The view at the top was incredible!

hiking
6 days ago

Dec.1st 2018
This hike was just perfect level : Nice, Easy, Safe and beautiful view at top type of hike.
I would definitely go back there and do the trail run up and down for work out!

16 days ago

A really great, quick outing! It was raining hard while I did it so it was slippery as hell, but still worth it with those views at the end! Ran it car to car in under 35 mins total. Don’t be scared to take it all the way to the top (beyond the awning) based off other comments, it’s really not too bad of a scramble and only tacks on 5 mins or so each way... totally worth it!

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike with kids . Just completed it with an 8,7and 5 years old .
There is a big rock towards the end that needs to be climbed . It wasn’t that easy with the kids but still managed to get passed it . It is as really worth it the view it just amazing .

We started the hike right after it rained . Make sure you pick up one of the many hiking stick at the left hand side entering the trail. It’s get VERY slippery in some places .

hiking
21 days ago

Just do it

22 days ago

Gorgeous view! Trail was steep in spots but not too difficult. Mud on the trail but we were able to avoid it mostly and led our shoes clean.

hiking
22 days ago

I took the West side in (back side) I recommend grabbing a walking stick on the way in. It's very muddy on and off for the first mile. but when it is muddy its deep and sticky. I also did the East side and I like this way in way more. it's longer but definitely prettier. once you get past the crossroads of the two it can get very steep. I was definitely climbing some parts to get to the top. Once you get to the little hut at the top there is a small hike to go further up. I would say its worth it to take it. It is a harder climb to get up and quite a narrow path but take your time and it's worth the view up there!

hiking
24 days ago

Great views, can be very muddy. Recommend taking plenty of water as parts of the trail are not shaded from the sun.

1 month ago

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

1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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
2 months 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.

2 months 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
2 months 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.

2 months 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
2 months 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

2 months ago

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

2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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.

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

3 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
3 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.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

The directions do NOT take you to the trail head.

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