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Haleilio Road, Nonou West Trail, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96747
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 September 2016

Like so many other places on this jewel of Hawaii, this is a breath taking but potentially DANGEROUS and or DEADLY hike for anyone but the most physically fit and experienced hikers! There are so many other SAFE hikes on Kauai that wont risk life...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 13 May 2015 via mobile

It is easy to be spoiled by breathtaking views in Kauai so after hiking Kalalau (to the falls),Waimea Canyon and Ho'opi'i Falls this hike was rather mundane. Thanks to Tripadvisor reviews, we easily found the trailhead and were grateful to be hiking on a dry...More

3  Thank CM-USA
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All reviews great hike picnic tables rock climbing great views from the top pine forest bring lots of water up hill moderate hike afraid of heights elevation gain well worth the effort hiking poles miles round trip take your time east coast covered picnic short hike
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Wear sturdy shoes, bring a hiking stick (just for balance in case there are muddy sections), and by all means: bring a camera!! If you aren't sweating bullets on this hike by the time you get to the top, you took a remarkably relaxing pace....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Be sure to start at the trail head depending on the length of hike you want to take. One year we took a short hike, which was a very nice and took a short time; another year we started from a different area and took...More

Thank Tim_the_Enchanter417
Reviewed 1 week ago

My Grandaughter did this trail in about 3 hours and took many great pictures i think this trail is good for Family or Couples as long as there is not a lot of Rain trails can get muddy

Thank Edward F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great hike! Very slick and muddy when wet. We took hiking poles and it helped a lot. The views were fantastic. We went up from Kapaa, which is supposed to be more difficult but it was just fine. There was lots of shade along the...More

Thank Terri B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hiked this after a rain. Super slippery home but totally worth it! We loved the incredible view of the valley and the wide variety of plant.

Thank KABittel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

AKA Nounou Mountain hiking trail. Nice short hike, steep at the beginning and towards the end but the view at the top is worth the effort. Nice 360 view of Kapa'a area. Great little spot for a picnic. If you're afraid of heights, once at...More

Thank Isabelle S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I hike sleeping giant each time I travel to Kauai which is 2-3 times per year. If you hike early it not too hot and mostly shady. Great hike for fitness and very scenic. It is about 1.5 miles up and you should go all...More

Thank richard h
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A varied and fun hike with the path going from sandy to tree roots and rocky climbs. Nothing too taxing but also one or two parts which would be a struggle for anyone not wanting to tackle a bit of scrambling. Where the viewpoints between...More

2  Thank Pomsonhols
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I hiked the Sleeping Giant Trail from the east and have to say the trail was much better than I had expected! I did this near the end of my trip when we were running out of things to do, but really it should be...More

2  Thank AndrewK508
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This is a gorgeous and moderately difficult hike. My best advise is to hit the trail early in the morning and pack water. As the trail climbs up sleeping giant, shade becomes more scarce and the trail gets steeper. You're halfway when you get to...More

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HollySmally
23 May 2017|
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Response from Venture224332 |
The West trail starts on the west side of the mountain, in the subdivision known as Wailua Homesteads. It actually has two trailhead signs: a farther one, along Kamalu Rd, and a closer one with a mini parking lot, at the end... More
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Kaismommy
20 July 2016|
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Response from deela13 | Reviewed this property |
This hike is definitely best in the mornings during the summer months. Check the forecast for rain before you go.
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5 September 2015|
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Response from taeshatama | Reviewed this property |
Take the Haleilio rd in Wailua, parking is at a sharp curve to the left. This is the east trail head. Go early, bring water. Near the top, you will join with another trail; on the way back down be sure to look for that spot... More
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