Nounou Mountain Trail West to Alii Vista Hale “Sleeping Giant”

Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Nounou Mountain Trail West to Alii Vista Hale “Sleeping Giant”

Nounou Mountain Trail West to Alii Vista Hale “Sleeping Giant” Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Nounou Mountain Trail West is one of the three trails that climb to the summit of Nounou Mountain, known as Sleeping Giant. The hike begins on the west side of the mountain and climbs through the forest to Alii Vista Hale, a picnic shelter and overlook at the Summit. The summit has great views of the Makaleha Mountains, Mount Waialeale, the Wailua River, the Coconut Coast and the seacoast communities.

Head east on the wide forest reserve right-of-way between rows of private homes and a cattle ranch. This public access trail reaches the forested footpath at the base of Nounou Mountain at 0.3 miles. Head uphill, weaving through a canopy of guava and oak trees to a signed junction in a distinct grove of Norfolk Island pines."

Nounou Mountain Trail West to Alii Vista Hale “Sleeping Giant” Trip Reports

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7/21/2009
I have been hiking "The Giant" now for a few months, on average, five days a week. I mostly do the East side Nonou Trail, and go to the Picnic table on the Giants chest, but I like to mix it up and go to the other Picnic Table above the park too. I started in the mornings, but have found late afternoons to be even nicer. Much cooler. I love to listen to Old and New Testament on my iphone on the way up, and worship music on the way down. Today, I did the East side trail which is longer, but a better workout for me, as I can jog for most of it. The views are incredible and I do see 1 to 10 people in the course of an hour or two, enjoying this mountain, and I would say 70 percent of them have their dogs, myself included. I see a few people training on a regular basis, trail running I think they call it. This mountain is steep and is Great for the heart and legs. I am 52 and really stoked I enjoy it so much, as I want and need the exercise. Good Hiking Trail!
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2/1/2009
Definately one of my favorites mid-island! After you reach the pavilion there is a nice sitting bench, "respect".
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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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9/8/2003
OK, I did this with my wife on the 3rd day of our marriage in 1986. It was our first married hike and was a lot of fun, perfect for honeymooners. The west side starts as a mix of suburb and pasture, but soon you begin to climb in earnest, an it is only mountain trail and trees. In September when we climbed, thousands of sandalwood berries littered the trail, making it a quite pungent, though not quite unbearably sickly sweet, climb. The views from the top are great, and the walk to the 'nose' of Nounou (a RAZOR thin ridge shuffle with alarming dropoffs on each side) is a must- though my new wife declined. Views of ocean and island are well worth the effort. A great hike to start off a marriage (still hiking together in 2006)
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Trail Information

Lihue
Nearby City
3
Distance
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
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