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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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  • August 12, 2017
    Sweet views, STEEP trail, one of the better hikes on Kauai. We parked a car at the end of the trail, recommend if possible.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    East trail starts from a small parking area. The walk is hot on a hot day but there is a often a nice breeze which really helps. The hike goes to a picnic table area with a fair view. It goes on from ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Its harder than you might think so wear good shoes. No slippers (flip flops). It can be hot so wear a hat. The views are incredible and the path is well marked. Definitely bring water to drink!!  more »

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The shopping and dining hub of the island of Kauai, Kapaa boasts several budget-friendly inns, offering apartments with private kitchens and wrap-around balconies. These establishments can be a bit far from the ocean, but provide a great deal of privacy if you wish to escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet during your stay. For a bit more luxury closer to the water, consider staying at a beach resort, featuring private swimming pools and spacious rooms with ocean views.
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