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Sleeping Giant, Nounou Mountain, Kauai

Climb face of the fabled sleeping giant, and prey you don't wake him!
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Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview:  Nounou Mountain rises from the leeward (Eastern) side of Kauai, known for some of the better island weather.

Local legend tells of a... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Haleilio Rd Trailhead

Finding the trailhead is pretty easy - located as it is at the end of the suburban Haleilio Road, which connects directly to the main State Highway 56 in Wailua.

You'll find plenty of parking available here, so simply ditch the car and pick up the well signed Nounou Mountain East Trail located on the right side of the parking lot. Head straight ... More

2. Plant Life Rooted in Isolation

Nature lovers will enjoy marveling at the variety of plantlife on Kauai, which is well represented on this trail.

The Hawaiian islands rose up out of the oceans of bare rock, and on one of the most remote parts of the planet. Millions of years before humans begun arriving here, the plants and animal life that took root here did so by arriving by... More

3. Nounou Mountain Overlook

As you make the final climb up to the summit of Nounou Mountain keep your fingers crossed that the Sleeping Giant doesn't wake up, as you'll be clambering up his head and ultimately up his nose.

Enjoy the views all around you. Pacific Ocean to your East, the Wailua River State Park to the South, and North and West are the (usually)... More