Nounou Mountain Sleeping Giant East

Kapaa, Hawaii

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The Sleeping Giant is the distinctive mountain behind Kapa’a and Wailua. The high (southernmost) point is his forehead; the next point to the north is his chin. The trail climbs up to his thighs and torso, makes a sharp turn, and goes up to his chest, where you can end the hike at a picnic spot or scramble all the way up to the summit. It offers great views and a good steady workout. It’s popular with locals and tourists because it’s so convenient to the Coconut Coast.
Best Easy Day Hikes Hawaii: Kauai

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Best Easy Day Hikes Hawaii: Kauai

by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)

The Sleeping Giant is the distinctive mountain behind Kapa’a and Wailua. The high (southernmost) point is his forehead; the next point to the north is his chin.

The trail climbs up to his thighs and torso, makes a sharp turn, and goes up to his chest, where you can end the hike at a picnic spot or scramble all the way up to the summit. It offers great views and a good steady workout. It’s popular with locals and tourists because it’s so convenient to the Coconut Coast.

© 2010 Suzanne Swedo /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kapaa
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources; (808) 274-3433; www.hawaiitrails.org
Local Maps: USGS Kapa’a; Kaua’i Recreational Trail Map (Hawai’i Division of Forestry and Wildlife); Northwestern Kaua’i Recreation Map (Earthwalk Press)
Driving Directions: Directions to Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant) East

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