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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. To visit Sleeping Giant Trail and get the most from your holiday in Kapaa, create itinerary details personal to you using our Kapaa online sightseeing planner .
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  • Not too difficult hike to make. Not the most extraordinary I've made. Top does produce a nice view. Have made this trail before we could check into our hotel.
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  • 3 different trails to the same goal. We did the Kuamo'o-Nounou trail, where the parking is on the Kauamo'o road, parking on the right side .5 miles past the 2mile marker past the Opaeka'a falls view p...  more »
  • We wanted to do just a little morning tour and opted for the sleeping giant trail. The trail is very nice to go with a few a few "climbing places". The views of Wailua is very nice and it is worth. The hike is approximately 6 kilometres back and forth.
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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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