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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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  • My family of 5 hiked Sleeping Giant and luckily we all wore hiking boots -this is not a flip-flop hike, although we did see a man in his 70's run up and down in bare feet! It is steep in spots and VER...  more »
  • It was so muddy- I can't even stress that enough, which the mud and water/mist made some parts of the hike very challenging. There are some parts I would not recommend for families/kids. The boulders ...  more »
  • We walked this trail three years ago and this time it was impossible to walk given the wetness of the trail. The trail was so muddy you could not get a grip and we turned around after walking for ten ...  more »
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  • A great, family-friendly hike that is especially wonderful at sunrise.

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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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