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Sleeping Giant Trail, Kapaa

(4.7/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A Rewarding Panoramic Ocean & Island View awaits the Hiker at the Top. What I enjoyed most was that most of the trail is under a Canopy of Trees.  more »
  • We enjoyed the Sleeping Giant Trail. We are both in our mid sixties and we did it! There is a really tricky place where you need to climb up rocks, but other than that it is a fairly easy trail. The v...  more »
  • This is a great hike with amazing views at the top. Parts of it are somewhat strenuous especially if you climb all the way to the giants head (which we did). Doesn't take too long, about 3.6 miles rou...  more »