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Beautiful hike with an awesome 360 degree view. Trail was a bit damp but I wouldn’t call it muddy. Take the little side trails/shortcuts if you want a little extra challenge and some climbing! Lots of people on this hike. Go early!

awesome trail to a great overlook.

This trail was pretty busy today, but had a great time. Labeled as Hard, which I agree, but only as far as the handful of areas you need both hands to scale a rock face. Otherwise it's not technical at all. If it rains or had been raining recently, it will be slippery.

The view from the top is pretty amazing assuming you go all the way to the rock outcrop.

Nice hike, not too challenging. Great views but definitely slippery in certain areas so make sure to wear proper hiking shoes.

This was a very nice hike. Shade most of the trail, but with glimpses of great views along the way. The main attraction is when you reach the top of the rocky outcrop. It's a little challenging to get to it, with some technical rock scaling involved. But not something to keep you away unless your afraid of heights. Once you reach the covered picnic area your almost there. Keep going towards the pinnacle by crossing the grassy area and back into the woods. This is where you come to the most challenging part of the hike, the rock climb.

If it's been raining or going to rain, the trail will be slippery (Hawaiian Ice). For us, it had rained a bit the evening before, so some muddy areas and a few areas that were slippery and needed extra care. The trail is not marked that well and you can get off-trail by taking a few well warn paths where people have wandered off looking for a better view. The trail was well used the day we went. The parking area was also full with overflow into the street. All-in-all a very nice hike. Ware sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water, maybe a walking stick and be ready for a stunning view from the top! It only rated 4 stars in my review since it didn't have a key element, a waterfall.

Trail was a great hike. Not too difficult, but some climbing in a few spots. Trail was dry but after a couple minutes of rain, it became a little slick. Not too bad though. Views are great. Nice slow pace to enjoy the flowers and birds and still only took a couple of hours. Make sure you check the caves at the first peak. Other than that, great hike.

Fantastic hike!!! One of my favorite on the island. Venture to the right past the bench and climb to the top. Takes a little bit of rock climbing skill and the top is a little precarious but any careful hiker will be ok. View and breeze at the top were totally worth it. Pretty easy trail and mostly shaded until the top.

Amazing views, was able to view the falls from both the top and the bottom of the waterfall. Can be slippery and muddy!

Hiked but didn't swim. Really easy walk with some views of a farm initially and two falls. First one was more powerful than the second but good views all around. Lots of mosquitos so bring bug repellent!!

Beautiful trail and a great trail to get warmed up for Kauai! a bit tough going up with some rocks to climb up and down but the views are impeccable!!

This trail is a MUST!!! Absolutely breathtaking. A great half day hike. If you’re looking for hiking in Hawaii, this will give you everything you could hope for.

Beautiful view, especially on a clear sunny day!

easy hike ..sometimes muddy. nice falls.

Good trail. Was pretty dry most of the way. Not too difficult but had some steep spots.

Hiked to top of the Sleeping Giant today. Trail was dry in most places with super views. Some scrambling on the top. Small cave/opening also worth seeing and just short sidetrail below the "chin" to get there. A very lovely Kauai trail with wildflowers and forested areas. Be careful scrambling to the top of the chin..very narrow and small landing.

Nice shorter hike. Not too taxing. First fork stay left. Next fork (near top), stay right. Picnic tables at top. Nice views at top. Had problems with my GPS. Never happened before.

Did this hike today in good weather. Some tough spots with mud and rock scrabbling, but not too bad. Took about 2 hours round trip with about 10 mins at the top. Saw a lot of other hikers with sandals, etc and some small kids. Would rate this hike as moderate. Definitely worth the 360 view!

This was a nice hike with a great 360 degree view of the island at the summit. I would rate it somewhere between moderate and hard. A walking stick on the way down made a big difference as the trail was a bit muddy. Be careful on the way down as there is an unmarked fork that will take you down the wrong side of the mountain - I learned this the hard way

Great view and I’m sore the next day! Worth the efforts to get to the top. Due to recent weather it was muddy and more difficult to navigate. The top of Sleeping Giant was breathtaking and a great reward. Bring water and snacks for the picnic table up top. Avoid top of ridge if there are high winds, or for the person who is scared of heights.

Great views but recent floods made it super muddy and slick.
High risk for falling, spraining an ankle or just landing the wrong way. Do not rely on rocks or tree branches when you have recent floods. Use common sense.
Though, if you watch your step and go slow it’s worth the walk. I would rate easy, and moderate in some areas due to mud.

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18 days ago

I liked this trail. Easy to moderate (depending on conditions can be slippery after rains). Some bugs & mud but that’s to be expected. Beautiful scenery! Waterfalls and streams make this hike a great reward for short distance. Definitely recommend.

Definitely slippery when wet. Nice views from the top though.

Definitely recommand when visiting Kauai...beautiful trees , short but very slippery when rains..

Amazing views! You must climb past the picnic tables to see the 360 views of the island! Very muddy, definitely bring extra shoes for after and a towel to wipe off the mud!

Beautiful hike. Left from the trailhead at 6:15 to miss the crowds. Boots and a stick will help, as it is very muddy. I did the hike in tevas, but wished I had my boots. Absolutely keep going past the picnic tables, as others have said- the views are 100% worth it. Obviously you’re going at your own risk, but I did not find it to be sketchy, and we went when it was wet. Just keep three points of contact and all is good!

We just did this hike in the rain and it was great. Definitely wear clothes you can get wet or muddy. There were slightly slippery parts coming down but we felt very safe. Fun views even with the clouds. It was a nice warm up hike to start our day.

This trail is shorter and easier than the east trail up Nounou. Do not miss this when visiting Kauai. Cannot beat the 360 views. Trail has lots of roots that keep it stable and not as slick as some island trails.

There are two Sleeping Giant trails, this one is longer and steeper than the west trail. They come together below the picnic area. This trail gives a vigorous workout and is very managable for a healthy person. The rock scramble is not overly difficult. Best 360 views of the island.

Nice beautiful short hike. Definitely muddy at the end of April after a few days of heavy rain. Perfect moderate hike and great views of the east side of the island. The rock climb at the end was a legit hair raiser.

Did this hike yesterday - HARD. Don't be fooled, this is a difficult/steep trail with some climbing at the end. Wear hiking boots and bring lots of water (I had a camelbak). We went all the way up past the picnic benches. Rained last half mile going down making the trail muddy and very slippery. Fell a few times. Still had fun though! (lol) Beautiful views!

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