Sleeping Giant Via Nounou Mountain Trail

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Sleeping Giant Via Nounou Mountain Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kapaa, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.6 miles
987 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers




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.

2 days ago

Very nice hike. Not too muddy, but can image it could be very slick during or following rainfall.

7 days ago

Good workout
Great views
Definitely a must

9 days ago

I wanna set the record straight, as there are mixed reviews on this trail. This is a fantastic trail. I hiked his on 2/15/17, and it was 3.9 miles round trip. I am an experienced hiker, and in decent shape, and I did not have to stop going up to the top of this mountain. I would rate this as moderately strenuous. For an average hiker, stops will be made along the route to catch your breath. This hike is up a mountain; switchbacks. There are trail signs, so there is no way to get lost. Arrows guide your way. Distance is marked. There are lookouts and a few benches as well. The trial is muddy, but no more muddy than any other trail on this island. When you get to the picnic pavilion, keep going! There is a bit of rock scrambling to get to the “head/nose” of sleeping giant. It’s worth it! You can also go the top of the mountain to get the absolute best view. The head and nose are to the left, as well as a little cave, and the top of the mountain will be to the right. Then head back to the picnic area and back down to your car. The views from this trial are SO GOOD.

16 days ago

You must wear hiking shoes and have a walking stick. Leave a change of clothes and towels you don’t mind getting muddy in the car. The trail is super muddy! And when it rains it becomes a super dangerous trail. I fell 2-3 times, twisted my ankle, and had to slide down some parts of the trail on my bottom because of the rain. Ruined my sneakers and backpack. Trail is also not well marked. Made a wrong turn toward the unofficial entrance - thankfully I ran into other hikers who realized the wrong turn at a fork on the way down. This is not a moderate hike - it is difficult. Also it is 4 miles in and out.

22 days ago

Beautiful at the top.
The hike up there is like swimming, only wetter.
Also, 3.5 miles.

28 days ago

This was a fun, light hike. Grab a hiking stick from the bundle at the trail entrance, and go past the picnic tables at the top to get to the best views.

1 month ago

Pretty easy jaunt to the picnic tables. Did hike with two little ones and they managed fine. Little muddy but manageable. I wouldn't recommend hiking to top of sleeping giants chin with kids, it's a little difficult past the picnic tables but definitely worth the views!

1 month ago

Gorgeous views of the mountains, ocean, and surrounded by beautiful and plentiful trees. This was our first hike on our trip and it got us motivated to get up early and find more great trails. It also motivated us to find this app!

1 month ago

The hike is closer to 1.6 miles to the picnic tables. Hike had a great views of the city/ocean and other side the mountains. It was muddy.

2 months ago

Pretty decent trek, as long as you stick to the trail path. Otherwise, it can get technical if you choose to take the off beaten route. Great view of the valley and ocean. Make sure to turn left on to a small foot trail right before stepping on to the peak. The foot path will take you to a small cliff ledge, which is also known as the ‘chin’. Awesome view from there as well.

2 months ago

Great hike to get a view of the valley. Met a local on the trail who showed us a couple off beaten paths which made the hike more fun and educational.

3 months ago

Rain can make it a little slick it spots, but not too difficult. Great hike with awesome views!

3 months ago

4 months ago

Fun hike, with a few steep slopes and some rock climbing. The views are well worth it, especially when you make it past the top picnic tables to the highest point on the mountain. It can get humid and muddy at times. Avoid if it’s raining.

4 months ago

Fun hike. It rained and the trail was muddy. Requires some climbing.

4 months ago

Great hike but sometimes hard to figure out where the trail is. The top is breathtaking! Steep climb.

4 months ago

Fantastic view
Great way to start your day

4 months ago

One of our favorite trials on the island!!!

5 months ago

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!

6 months ago

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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