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Sleeping Giant Trail

Nounou Road, Nonou West Trail, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96747
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Kapaa
Type: Lookouts, Hiking Trails
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Montreal
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65 reviews 65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

this was a very easy trail (1.75 miles) with very beautiful views to the island. We are glad that we didn't miss this out.

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Richland, Washington
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

It was more steep than I thought but worth every step. The trees, the views and a nice place to picnic near the top. Loved it.

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Spokane, WA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

It is a switchback trail with plenty of shortcuts (DON'T take them), many lead to sheer rock faces that are VERY difficult to climb. Once you think you are at the top...take a little break. Sit on the bench that says "Respect" and take in the views. THEN...keep climbing to the "Chin." The views from that height are breathtaking...don't forget... More

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Jupiter, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Loved this hike, it was challenging at times but not defeating. Didn't make it to the chin but my husband and his friend did and got in on the gopro, close enough for me, They said it was quite challenging and pretty scary but happy they did it. Took us about and 1 1/2 hours and we took it easy... More

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Grandville, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Bring water! and go beyond the sign, a must! The view is awesome. A nice little hike you will not regret!

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Grass Valley, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Wow! This was a great hike! A little tough in places but well worth the effort to see the views of Kapa'a! Spent time at the top to eat lunch and take in the view!

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Switchbacks up a one thousand-foot elevation change in 2 miles, but well worth it. Hawaiians hike barefoot, but I needed hiking boots or at least tennis shoes. The views were spectacular.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Distance is around 3-4miles be expected to get muddy. Find a walking stick in the beginning you will need it. Bring mosquito repelent and shoes with good grip. There are some excellent views and the best is also the most dangerous place to hike. There is a sign that tells you the trail ends but if you are willing to... More

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New Jersey
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We did the sleeping giant west hike in June 2014. Parking lot is just on grass. This is a muddy trail but still very nice. The trail is not marked well to get to the top. Would highly recommend this hike

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

There is easy access to this trail (the east trail) in Kapaa. I would go early – it can get really hot. There were some great views, but it is a pretty steep hike, so it’ll be a workout to get to the top! There is another path that continues after the trail ends – I went a little further,... More

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