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Sleeping Giant Trail

Nounou Road, Nonou West Trail, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96747
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Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in Kapaa
Type: Lookouts, Hiking Trails
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Santa Clarita, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We did this hike late morning around 11:00A. It was a very humid day which made it more difficult than it probably should have been. We took the East trail and it took us just over an hour at a relatively easy pace. Along the way there are shortcuts on the trail that are steeper and more challenging, but make... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Steep trail--some parts a little tricky. I was hiking alone, so that made a difference. It is about 2 miles to the top (where the official trail ends). The Kauai Humane Society has a program called "Field trip for a dog"--basically rent a dog for the day to take them on a hike!! I picked up a dog and we... More

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Dumont, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

East trail approach: This is the easiest hike we've done on the island so far. Easy to get to by car and park. Lots of switch backs and some areas that have really eroded away. You don't have to go far for great views. The first bench area is nice but second area is better (the one with the covered... More

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Kapaa, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Easy fast hike 45 min oneway to reach panoramic views of the island. Hike through a lush Norfalk Pine forest into the jungle up the mountain , beautiful breathtaking views and have lunch at the top and than hike to the cave on top! Fun and easy!

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Hilo, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Fairly easy to find and parking was available. The trail was a little unclear in a couple points, which can easily lead you off on a dangerous detour. Lots of up and downhill so make sure your legs are strong!

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We took the East Trail, it is a two mile trial one way. The trial was fun and moderately easy. The view is amazing!

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This was the first official hike we did on Kauai. I must admit, I was out of shape, and the first time, it kicked my butt! Sleeping Giant: 1 Genna: 0. Despite my huffing and puffing toward the top, the views were worth it. We went on to hike almost 20 more trails on the island, but this one was... More

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Columbia, Maryland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Out of all our hikes on Kauai, this my have been my least favorite (it was a tough competition, though!) only because it felt less "Hawaiian" and more like I could have been hiking back in Maryland, minus the gorgeous ocean views. But still a great hike. I am pretty fit and enjoyed this hike thoroughly. But I would not... More

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North Olmsted OH
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81 reviews 81 reviews
37 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

First off this place is really hard to find. If you take Hakeilio Rd and keep going the road will turn left and on your right hand side is the parking lot. Not a big parking lot, but you are going to want to start climbing early in the morning. We started at 9 am and wished we had started... More

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New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

we spent all the morning in this area, easy hike and spectacular views! don't forget water and fresh fruit!

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