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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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  • A wonderful view from the top, but a bit of a hairy climb, especially if it's been raining recently. Totally worth it, however.  more »
  • Started our day with this hike. Great hike to get the heart pumping! Amazing views from the top of sleeping giant!  more »
  • after asking the bell hops at our local hotel how to get to the best trail head, we headed out on the Sleeping Giant Trail. Must admit it was a bit steeper than expected, and one of our party did turn...  more »