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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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Dallas, TX
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Nice that it was close to town, but there really wasn't much to look at, just the town below, from various heights. A tough climb in places, but not too bad, overall. But I'd definitely recommend the Kuilau Trail instead. Also close to town, but with incredible views.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I did this hike yesterday and got a bit of a late start on it. We got going around 11am so we. Hit a little bit of heat. Some of the lower part of the trail has very little shade but most of the rest is pretty well shaded. We finished the round trip in under 3... More

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Arvada, Colorado
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

There are three trails up Sleeping Giant, and we took the East Trail. Very shortly after we began our hike, it started to rain pretty hard. It quit after a few minutes, but the rest of the climb was wet and muddy. Still, it was not too difficult, though there were a couple of places where the trail had eroded... More

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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Moderately strenuous in areas, very easy in others. The trail I am reviewing is the one off of Kuamoo Rd. Just past the falls on the right a little ways is a little pull-off area with a small brown sign denoting the trail next to a pasture. This first section is a nice wide grassy trail past the pasture. Down... More

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Westlake, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Great views of the east coast, most of the people on the trail when we went were there for a workout, and you will get one. The first part will end at a bench that has a great overlook but if you keep going you will hit a covered bench. If you go further it will get very tricky and... More

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Irvine, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Great mountain vistas, several overlooks of coast and interior, arborist's delight; well marked trail, easy to follow - but avoid the short-cuts and side trails unless you really like to clamber

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Santa Clarita, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
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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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