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“Lush green; east shore view; moderately streneous family trail”

Sleeping Giant Trail
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$155.21*
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Best of Kauai Tour by Land, River, and Air
Ranked #3 of 55 things to do in Kapaa
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

I climbed up to the picnic tables with my wife and 11 years old daughter. It was a steady climb on a good trail. We did fine with sneakers, but the trail was dry making slipperiness not an issue for us. It had lush tree/plan for most part with some clearings providing view of the east shore line. I did not see a sign for the trail head. Just see cars parked on your right as you go from the highway. I had read somewhere that I may come across guava trees with fruits I could eat and was disappointed to not find them! For a family with just average fitness, this was a good workout, but nothing too strenuous. Allow 2 hours.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013

We hiked the east side of Sleeping Giant which is approx 2 miles to the top. The path is full of switchbacks & an easy to medium effort hike. Well worth the time & the extra effort to continue on past the picnic tables. That will require a slight rock climb at the end, but once on top you a fantastic view of the island. Hikes in the morning are probably better, prior to the heat & humidity increasing. Walking sticks are left at the big tree at the start of the trail & a good idea for the hike. Be sure & take water with you.

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Reviewed March 16, 2013

We did both the front and back sections of this trail. What we loved most about it was the variety of plants and scenery that is available on this trail. The trail was pretty easy-going, but was slippery in some spots due to heavy rains in the area that week.

Thank Sheri S
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

We did the east side based on guide book recommendations. This trail is full of switchbacks with great sweeping views of back to Lihue. The picnic area is a great place for lunch or a snack, but some of the best views are actually a couple tenths of a mile before you get to the picnic tables. The climb is steady and a bit steep in a couple spots, but very doable with some good tennis shoes.

Thank BldrAdventure
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

As with most trails there this one is over used. Regardless it is scenic. The West trail has a stand of Cook Pines and is shortest but with difficult parking and no signs to get there. The East is longer, has more views, and has better parking. The southern access trail joins the west trail. It has plenty of parking but requires a long circumnavigating trail that is just an old road. The summit ridge is challenging to some. The views are good.

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