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Sleeping Giant Trail, Kapaa
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You'll be treated to views of lush green plants, far off mountains, and the ocean in the distance when you hike Sleeping Giant Trail. Named because the mountain from a distance looks like the profile of a giant lying down, this 6.4 km (4 mi) trail (roundtrip) takes you through wide, grassy pastures, across a bridge, and over a stream. It is not for the unfit--you'll face an elevation gain of 305 m (1,000 ft). You'll climb an increasingly steep, though not technical, trail until you find yourself at a picnic bench at the top. Be sure to bring sunscreen, water, and bug spray, as some portions provide very little cover and insects can be quite active. Do not hike past the sheltered picnic area; terrain is extremely unstable beyond this point and venturing further has proved fatal for some visitors. Using our custom trip planner, Kapaa attractions like Sleeping Giant Trail can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Took this hike all the way to the top. Descriptions are accurate. It is very steep, some pathways narrow and exceptionally muddy and slippery even with great traction on climbing shoes. The absolute b...  more »
  • Hiked to the top of this mountain to get engaged! It was a relatively easy hike up if you are in decent shape. When you get all the way to the top, go a little further (but be careful) and hike out on...  more »
  • I can reccomend this trail for everybody who desn't like only beaches. Its not so far (max. 2,8 km from park place to the top). In case of rain the path changes to mud:)) but its fun :) great 360° loo...  more »