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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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Where to stay in Kapaa

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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  • It is a fun hike but it was so muddy and we are in the dry season. Much harder coming down and lots of people slipped but we found sticks to serve as walking sticks and went slowly so we had no mishap...  more »
  • I really enjoyed this trail! Try to go earlier in the day as it does get quite hot, otherwise an easy going hike for all ages. Amazing view at the top! I climbed right till the end past the rocks, be ...  more »
  • Challenging at noon, due to high temps and humidity. You need to wear appropriate footwear. Is is not funny to hike with flip-flops but it is also dangerous downhill. The 360-wide view is absolutely a...  more »