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Nounou Trail East

Intermediate

Trail

1.6 mile 2.6 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,034' 315 m
Descent: -84' -26 m
High: 1,106' 337 m
Low: 142' 43 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Brian Verwijst

A relatively easy trail with great views of Wailua. Not for those afraid of heights.

Brian Verwijst

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The Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant) Trail is a gently ascending hike through forested mountains with excellent views. The trail begins with several switchbacks through a shady forest of ironwood, guava, and silk oak—to name a few. Along your path, you are treated to stunning views of Kapaa and Waipouli. You begin to gain elevation steadily past 0.75 miles. After a brief section over a lava outcropping, you’ll start switchbacking again up the mountain as you enjoy views of Kalepa Ridge, Wailua Bay, and the Hoary Head Mountains.

Just before the top, there is a three-way junction surrounded by hala trees. Take the left fork. Nearly right after, you'll find another fork; both paths lead to the picnic shelter, but the right one is easier. At this point, you can eat lunch on the giant's chest! Kick back and enjoy the views of the Wailua River down below, the eastern coast of Kauai, and the interior of the island. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of the Mt. Waialeale crater, even though most of the time it is shrouded by clouds. The giant's head is the only thing that stands between you and a 360-degree view. If you are very sure footed, you can hike onward via a brief but very precarious trail onto the Sleeping Giant's face! Be careful not to slip if you try this.

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Oct 17, 2019
Jacob Hall
steady uphill 1.6mi
Jun 14, 2019
Amy Boylan
Sleeping giant, beautiful 360 view 4mi — 2h 00m
Apr 10, 2019
Chris Treager
Muddy at the last .5-.75 miles, but still great hike! 3.4mi — 1h 57m
Mar 1, 2019
Seth Dillon
Absolutely beautiful hike! There were two sections where you do have to climb up a 8' to 10' section. The first being about half way up and the sec… 3.6mi
Dec 24, 2018
Oleg Eyser
Nov 22, 2018
Elias Mueggler
Sep 7, 2018
Dave Bal

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  4.6 from 8 votes

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At the top!
Aug 16, 2018 near Wailua, HI
Peak
Aug 16, 2018 near Wailua, HI
Mountan from the bottom
Aug 16, 2018 near Wailua, HI

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