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Address: Nounou Road, Nonou West Trail, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96747
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My husband was a little skeptical about doing this hike. We had done Kalalau (the 22 mile roundtrip the previous year) and explored much of Waimea Canyon on this trip, so the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My husband was a little skeptical about doing this hike. We had done Kalalau (the 22 mile roundtrip the previous year) and explored much of Waimea Canyon on this trip, so the thought of doing a more "urban" hike, did not appeal to him. It had rained a little prior to our start so the trail was muddy and wet... More 

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Lansing, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A nice place to hike is this trail. Located on the east side of the island, this place has a legendary story of the famous site.

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Princeville, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Don't quit at the plateau with the picnic table. Keep going on to the "chin" and "forehead" of the sleeping giant. Interesting cave on the makau side of the chin. A little scrambling to get to the top but not that bad. Fantastic views in all directions.

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Lihue, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is one of the easier hikes on Kauai, depending on where you start the hike. There is a number of different entry points on both sides of the mountain. Each one brings you from different points of the hike, but all meet up at the top. I suggest you start early, parking will be easier, and it won't be... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Great trail with really great views! Was a little strenuous going uphill but you are going up a mountain, which means going back down is a lot easier. Trail does continue once you get to the top but there is a warning sign not to, although I did see a few people go on. Nice shelter at the top with... More 

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San Marino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

this is my fgamily's favorite hike! it is not easy, Igave up but my wife and teenagers just love it. the hike was challenging but the experience is awesome. besides the beauty of the forest but the view once you made it to the top is very rewarding... i know because they took sweome photos!

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San Marino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is my family's favorite hike. It is not easy, but the view as well as the hike is unforgettable! I can understand why is rated medium in term of dicfficulty became I gave up!

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Somerville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great hike! Beautiful views of Kapaa and the ocean, and we were within walking distance of one of the trail heads. Parking at the spot where we started near Olohena Rd. was very limited, but perhaps there are more spaces at other trail heads. It was a little over 2 miles round trip, so made for a nice, quick morning... More 

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St. Paul, MN
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Nice hike if you are in the Kapaa area, however I wouldn't drive across the island for it. Waimea Canyon and Kalalau Trail are more scenic (but also harder to access). I was happy to get sweaty and take in the view from the top and still had time to relax by the beach in the afternoon as this hike... More 

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Azusa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Sleeping Giant is a nice hike up the mountain to a great look out point. Worth the effort, both shaded and sun exposed trail with one spot requiring the use of hands and feet crossing.

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