Sleeping Giant Trail
Sleeping Giant Trail
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Named for its unusual shape, this Nounou Mountain trail in east Kauai is a challenging 3.4 mile trek—but the views at the top? Worth it.
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Bonnie G
Manchester, TN119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Short hike that will get your heart pumping! Climb 1247 ft elevation in 1.8 miles. Only a few areas that were difficult to maneuver and was more like rock climbing. Great little picnic shelter almost to the top. Could be tough if it had recently rained and made slippery. 65 years old and I did it with hiking poles which made the downhill easier on the knees so o would recommend using them if you are of a more mature age lol.
Written May 15, 2022
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Laura S
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
we stayed in poipu and this was an easy drive to the trailhead. we went a few days after rain, but were in no way prepared for the condition of this "hike". reading this trail being described as muddy is laughable, and completely inaccurate. most of the trail looks like a water pipe, with two banks of mud on either side and muddy water in the middle for you to slosh through. it's not a hard hike by any means, but it's not a hike really at all. the views were good, but definitely not worth it. i even told a few people when we got back to the lot that it wasn't worth it.
Written February 19, 2020
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KevinL41872
Nashua, NH553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
My daughter and I decided to hike the out and back trail before dinner on a Wednesday afternoon. Weather looked favorable so we gave it a go. The first part of the trail is the steepest for the shortest distance, it levels out a bit afterwards, even though thete were plenty of twists, turns, steps, climbs and some bouldering closer to the top. Beautiful views at almost every look out area. There is a bit of a false top, with a picnic table and shelter, but if you keep trekking a but further, you get the true top and amazing views. The cave at the top is a welcome cool temperature. It took us about 3 hours total but it can be done in less if you are moving at a faster pace. Absolutely a must for the adventurous.
Written March 1, 2024
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JoeKupe
Victor, NY734 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Solid three mile round trip hike. If you are a regular hiker and are familiar with hills and a little bit of mud (there is not too much mud) you will do fine. We hike regularly in Western NY and the ADK Mountains and this was more like a Finger Lakes Trail than an ADK mountain. It is about three miles round trip and you gain about 1,000 feet of elevation on the hike up; there are lots of switchbacks though so you don’t fell the elevation gain as much. Lots of pretty views on the way up and at the top. Took us about 2.5 hours at a leisurely pace. Nice hike to stop at if going between the north and south ends of the island. And of course once you do the hike you can’t miss the Sleeping Giant every time you pass it on the highway, in fact you keep seeing it clearer and clearer!
Written August 21, 2021
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Patrick W
Sacramento, CA38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
There are spectacular views from this trail, but there is a cost. The trail is not very well maintained with deep ruts, steep terrain and numerous roots to catch your boots. This trail would be very difficult after a rain, when it's muddy. We were caught unawares of a near vertical rock face, about 15 feet high, that required some scrambling to surmount. This was quite challenging for some, especially for those 70+ years of age. I would do this again, but would be better prepared with hiking poles. We did not get to the top due to steep terrain.
Written March 15, 2020
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Kelley G
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Moderate level hike with gorgeous views!! We finished in just under 2 hours, including taking pictures at the top and a few very short water breaks. A couple areas are more like rock climbing and could be difficult for someone that doesn’t get around well or has a fear of heights. We are 41-51 age range and “fittish” and didn’t have any issues. I would not recommend taking small children to the very top.
Written June 28, 2022
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Carl F
Green Bay, WI377 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The two mile East trail is easy to follow and has parts that are muddy and it hadn't rained in a few days. After a rain it would be fairly muddy and slick. We are in our sixties and had to no issues. At the top you get an excellent view of entire area.
Written February 5, 2020
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Julie
Dubuque, IA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Loved this hike! There are some spots that are pretty muddy, so go early before they get really bad (and so you find a place to park!). It took my husband and I about 2 hours (mid-30’s) and found it to be an easy walk/hike. Views from the Giant’s Forehead were amazing and really did feel like we were on top of the world!
Written March 6, 2020
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J. Mason
San Jose, CA19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Parking is a little tight and the navigator does know where the trail head is. The hike to the picnic table is 1.7 miles uphill with a couple rocky scrambles. If you walk another ten minutes you can hike to the top and stand on the precipice. We didn't because of the heat and our water bottles were empty.
Written May 28, 2022
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Sarah I
Wauchula, FL218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
This was a fun, moderate trail with a little bit of scrambling in just a couple places. The place we were staying was closer to the East Trail, so that’s the route we took. There is a small parking lot.

Signs mark the beginning of the trail and there are markers for every 1/4 of a mile. Honestly the beginning of the hike is steep and a little more rocky, but as you get closer to the top the path is smoother.

Like others have said, when you get to the place where the picnic tables are, keep going! The best views are past this point- you’ll see the path that leads to the ridge to the left as you get up to the picnic covering. Once along the ridge, I’d stay to the right. There is a little bit of scrambling you may have to do, but the views are worth it!

I can see how this trail could be muddy after a rain, but when we went it was dry. Wear sturdy shoes for hiking and take water. It took us 2 hours and 40 min, but we stopped and took lots of pictures. We also went all the way to the ridge. If we just did up to the picnic tables and back it would have been 2 hours.
Written December 27, 2022
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