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Address: Nounou Road, Nonou West Trail, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96747

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Great Views, But Don't Miss The Turn

We hiked the trail twice, because we missed the turn to head uphill and walked all the way to the other trailhead. Make sure you don't skip the fruit stand at the parking lot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Corvallis, Oregon
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Corvallis, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We hiked the trail twice, because we missed the turn to head uphill and walked all the way to the other trailhead. Make sure you don't skip the fruit stand at the parking lot entrance.

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SLC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We had a great hike up here. There are great views, it wasn't too hard. It was a bit warm in the forest when there was no breeze.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

It is easy to be spoiled by breathtaking views in Kauai so after hiking Kalalau (to the falls),Waimea Canyon and Ho'opi'i Falls this hike was rather mundane. Thanks to Tripadvisor reviews, we easily found the trailhead and were grateful to be hiking on a dry day as this trail would be extremely slippery if muddy. Avoid the many short cuts... More 

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Holt, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The trailhead was so close to our condo that we walked to it. We made the mistake of taking a fork to the left when the road split. Make sure you stay to the right. The trail is in pretty good shape. There was one place we had to do a short climb to continue, but nothing all that difficult.... More 

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Reedsburg, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We decide to try this trail this year. We only went up to the picnic area. Just before that there are a few rocks to climb so it's not for beginners. There are a few spots to look out as you get higher. The time it takes depends on how slow you want to take it. It can get a... More 

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Dallas, Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

My husband and I hiked this trail on a sunny day and really enjoyed it. We got there by traveling north on hwy 56 from Lihue towards Kappa, then turning left onto Haleilio road. We took that all the way down until we saw the Nounou East Trail Head on the right. We had read in one of our guidebooks... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This is a fantastic hike with wonderful views! We were trying to figure out the time it would take us to do the hike. From what we read, it was between an hour to and hour and a half. The hike up took us 45 minutes up, so plan accordingly. "Also, finding the trail head was a little challenging. I... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We started this hike from the east side, and walked up for 5 minutes before we turned around and came back. The ground was slushy and muddy and wet from recent rains. Could have made it up but coming down would have been difficult. Some younger people were fine doing the hike. We returned about 5 days later and did... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Not on a list of people who aren't visiting for long. If you have time to kill do it. If not, go Kalalau to the falls, the Waimea Canyon, the Arboretum, the Wailua River...

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We hiked the trail from the inland side through a tunnel of trees at the start. The trail soon gets up to the shoulder of the ridge so that you get the breezes off the ocean. The views from the chest of the giant, both inland and seaward, are worth sitting and having your lunch so you take the time... More 

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