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.
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.
Very muddy and slick in areas. Loved the trail though! Find a stick if it's muddy! Once you get to the top don't miss out on a trail that goes off to left (if looking at the top). There is a beautiful cave with great blowing winds. It was the best part for me.
I did this hike after tackling the Hanakpi'ai Falls hike in the morning and, despite being tired, it was totally worth it. You get some awesome views of the eastern coast of Kauai and if you venture all the way to the "head" of the giant, you can get some incredible views of the center of the island. I was lucky enough to go on a day it had been raining and was greeted with a rainbow at the summit :). For more on my adventure check out my blog post!
Great trail. Made it all the way to the top. Well worth it. Great views not only at the top but along the way.
Great views of the east coast of Kauai! Make sure to take a snack to enjoy at the picnic area.
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.
Great hike, hard incline but worth it. Took two teenagers and they did just fine.
Go all the way to the tip top!
I hike this at least once a week if I can, it's the best exercise!