Sleeping Giant Via Nounou Mountain Trail

MODERATE 80 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.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
964 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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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Decent climb to the top and a just okay view. There are betting hikes on the island, but if you're on the north shore this one is close to Kapaa, and easy to find. Parking is premium, so be prepared to park roadside!

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Whom ever said this trail was moderate is a liar! Lol this trail is very steep incline but I guess besides that, moderate. For the most part it is pretty easy to navigate since there are markers and just one way up. I loved this hike, beautiful views.

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Great family trail, some spots that you need to climb up rocks.

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2 months ago

One of the best hikes we have accomplished here on Kauai. Absolutely breathtaking. A fairly moderate hike with some uphill and a bit of rock climbing (but there were hikers in flip flops and barefoot). When you get to the small pavilion on a summit like destination, that's not the peak! Keep going! There will be a small, almost hidden trail adjacent to the bench on the overlook. Follow that to an amazing hike up,up, up! You will feel on top of Kauai!

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