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Sleeping Giant Trail

Nounou Road, Nonou West Trail, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96747
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Ranked #4 of 14 attractions in Kapaa
Type: Lookouts, Hiking Trails
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Kelowna, Canada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Quite the hike from the West side of Wailua river. A little longer than expected. Maybe not wise with children under ten. Trail is quite slippery and steep near the top. There are at least three ways to get up ...so check them out carefully. Grand views.

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San Diego, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We came in from the East Side of the trail in the morning. We heard that it gets quite hot up there, but we didn't experience that at all. Then again, it was pretty overcast anyway. There are many points on the trail where you could stop and enjoy the glorious view of the East side of the island. It... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

We hadn't hiked in a few years but are still quite physically active. We found the eastern trail to be quite manageable to do in under 3 hours round trip. Great views from the top!

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san francisco, ca
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88 reviews 88 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The trail up from the Sleeping Giant parking lot has quite a lot of different turns--turn right at the first intersection that you have to go across one-by-one at a time to get across-- holding onto the sheer cliff walls. Nice views of the Lihue are while hiking up the trailhead. View of the great Sleeping Giant along the way... More

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Red Oak
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This was a fun hike with nice views. A couple of spots were tricky. Use the walking sticks, if they are available, especially if it is raining or wet. I thought this hike had nice views from the top and gives you a perspective you would not otherwise have.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Ok for an average hike. Go to the big falls for more fun but be prepared to get wet and dirty. Not for the faint of heart.

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Stoughton, Wisconsin
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

There are three different ways to make this hike. We took the east trail & it was beautiful but muddy at times. The lower section has many switchbacks which make for an easier time with the elevation gain but not a lot of air movement until you get up and past .75 mile marker. It is easy in places to... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This is not a strenuous hike for anyone in reasonably good health. Obviously, proper footwear is recommended. There are some steep sections, but it's a very short hike. It took my friend and I about an hour to reach the top at moderate pace. Most people stop at the picnic tables, which is unfortunate for them. The real views are... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

I did this trail with my sister and dad last January, and it was a fantastic work out with a rewarding view at the end... absolutely worthy. I recommend going with the proper shoes, because the trail can be muddy and slippery.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

excellent hike; three trails up. I recommend the east or south trail - the interior/west trail is fine but the most steep. the ocean/east trail has the best views - but then the best is at the top! great picnic area near summit; grass field with sheltered picnic area. for those who dare, it's well worth it to scale the... More

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