Kuamoo–Nounou Trail to Nounou Mountain Trail West “Sleeping Giant”

Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Kuamoo–Nounou Trail to Nounou Mountain Trail West “Sleeping Giant”

Kuamoo–Nounou Trail to Nounou Mountain Trail West “Sleeping Giant” Professional Review and Guide

"The Kuamoo-Nounou Trail is one of three access trails leading up to the summit of Nounou Mountain, known as the Sleeping Giant. This route follows the southern access through the forest reserve along a cliffside shelf on the west side of the mountain. The forested trail offers picturesque views of Mount Waialeale, Kawaikini and the Makaleha Mountains.

Near the end of the trail, gently descend to a junction with the Nounou Mountain Trail West at 1.8 miles. This is the resting and turnaround point for this hike. Return on the same trail. To hike further, the Nounou Mountain Trail West (Hike 29) continues to the right through a lane bordered by two parallel rows of Norfolk Island pines."

Kuamoo–Nounou Trail to Nounou Mountain Trail West “Sleeping Giant” Reviews

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2/15/2008
This is a great hike. Do not attempt if it just rained however because it is very slippery and steep in places. The hike to the top is well worth it for a 360 degree veiw. There are 3 different trails starting out (from the East, West, and South sides) Our favorite starting place is from the East at the base of the water tower.
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7/16/2005
This was the first hike my husband and I did on Kauai. We thought "the Sleeping Giant" sounded very cool. It was a nice hike with moderate uphills and some gnarly spots here and there to make it interesting. It rained all the way but it was so hot we really enjoyed it. Unfortunately the rain made it all foggy and when we got to the top we couldn't see a thing. We got some pictures of ourselves all soaked which was pretty fun afterwards!
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9/5/2004
We did not do this hike, but based on the views on the East side of the island I would recommend doing this hike if you have time. It gives you an amazing perspective of Eastern Kauai and the steep mountains in the center of the island. There are four different approach options. Have fun!
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8/21/2002
Great hike to unobstructed view of eantire east valley with a 360 view. Can be sticky in the summer as there isn''t much shade, but well worth the trip. Not too rocky, steep at times.
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9/8/1986
This hike is a must-do. It has stunning views and a knockout finish if one wants to tippy toe across the quite airy and scary razor edged ridge between the giant's forehead and nose (with sheer cliffs on either side). Warning, in September there were several hundred thousand rotting sandalwood berries on the trail, making it a pungenttrip up. But still very worth it.
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Kuamoo–Nounou Trail to Nounou Mountain Trail West “Sleeping Giant” Photos

Trail Information

Lihue
Nearby City
3.6
Distance
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
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