Nounou Mountain Sleeping Giant West

Wailua, Hawaii

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This is the shorter of the two routes to the top of the Sleeping Giant, the distinctive mountain overlooking Kapa’a and Wailua. His forehead is the high, southernmost point, while the next point to the north is his chin. The views on the way up the eastern side are better en route, but it’s spectacular from the top no matter how you get there. You can end your hike at a picnic area on the giant’s chest, or scramble on up to the summit along a steep, exposed ridge. The route is popular with both locals and tourists because it’s so convenient to the Coconut Coast and to the suburbs on the inland side. Midday is hot, so it’s best to hike in the morning and late afternoon. If you can arrange a ride or a car shuttle, a climb up one side of the mountain and down the other makes a perfect outing.

Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant) West Professional Review and Guide

"This is the shorter of the two routes to the top of the Sleeping Giant, the distinctive mountain overlooking Kapa’a and Wailua. His forehead is the high, southernmost point, while the next point to the north is his chin. The views on the way up the eastern side are better en route, but it’s spectacular from the top no matter how you get there. You can end your hike at a picnic area on the giant’s chest, or scramble on up to the summit along a steep, exposed ridge.

The route is popular with both locals and tourists because it’s so convenient to the Coconut Coast and to the suburbs on the inland side. Midday is hot, so it’s best to hike in the morning and late afternoon. If you can arrange a ride or a car shuttle, a climb up one side of the mountain and down the other makes a perfect outing."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wailua
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Nounou State Forest Reserve
Local Maps: USGS Kapa'a
Driving Directions: Directions to Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant) West

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May 2018