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Sleeping Giant Trail

Nounou Road, Nonou West Trail, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96747
+1 808-464-0840
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“east side” (48 reviews)
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Nounou Road, Nonou West Trail, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96747
+1 808-464-0840
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Reviewed yesterday

We hiked the Nounou East trail on our first day in Kaua'i. Beautiful views at every turn and nice places to rest. Warning: there is one part (about a fourth of the way up) that you have to "mountain climb" for about 15 feet. If...More

Thank captcalculus
Reviewed 5 days ago

Good trail with great views. Parts of the trail are VERY muddy. It took us about an hour to hike to the top.

1  Thank zzd112
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove 580 to 581 for the west trailhead off (park near telephone pole 11; trail access is a grassy path between houses). Then we walked up. The trail was confusing in places because there are a number of different trails and few signs. Just...More

1  Thank Karen M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a great trip. The weather was cloudy and the temperature was comfortable to climb on top of this trail. First 1 Mile the road is pretty clean and not too muddy. But after it becomes more and more muddy (but not as much...More

Thank Alexander T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We approached this trail from the east, leaving the car in a VERY small parking area. If this area has experienced a lot of rain, you are going to navigate some pretty slippery sections. The best advice is to focus on good quality hiking boots,...More

2  Thank A M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a good way to see the Sleeping giant mountain ridge. we took the Kuamo'o-Nounou trail head to go on the hike. It had been raining the previous week so the trail was muddy and slippery in spots. Other than that it was a...More

Thank daveb914
Reviewed November 1, 2017

3 different trails to the same goal. We did the Kuamo'o-Nounou trail, where the parking is on the Kauamo'o road, parking on the right side .5 miles past the 2mile marker past the Opaeka'a falls view point. This trailhead is easy to find once you...More

2  Thank Kip F
Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

Nice hike for almost anyone. Make sure you go past the picnic tables and continue the short hike to the top. There are some boulders to climb but they look harder than they are. I managed with a bad ankle to complete the hike and...More

1  Thank Darcie1129
Reviewed October 12, 2017 via mobile

views are incredible!! if you like rocky heights go past the picnic tables onto his "face" it's a rush!! amazing view from the top...i suggest taking off early morning...like 7ish....it gets pretty warm on the east path on your way up.

Thank Erin L
Reviewed October 4, 2017

Easy hike, great warm up for bigger hikes on the Island. Awesome views from lookouts throughout and the summit. The Giants Chin was fun, a very narrow ridge walk to the chin with a steep drop makes it nerve racking for folks who have fear...More

Thank Thomas C
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May 24, 2017|
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Response from TJHolland | Reviewed this property |
if im not mistaken, the beginning is the same. However, about 50-100 yards up the trail splits and go right or left ( east or west). we took the well traveled east (Left) route. its was moderate to diffult. A local... More
July 20, 2016|
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Response from deela13 | Reviewed this property |
This hike is definitely best in the mornings during the summer months. Check the forecast for rain before you go.
September 5, 2015|
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Response from KauaiHITraveler | Reviewed this property |
I would say to take the Lokelani Rd. Entrance. It's a shorter hike and it also brings you to the opposite side of the mountain to avoid the early morning sun. Start early and bring water and mosquito repellant. There are... More