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Sleeping Giant (Nounou Mountain East)

Hawaii > Kauai > East Kauai
Length3.5 mi
Elev. Gain950 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating8 / 10
The Sleeping Giant makes up one of the sides of the Nounou Mountain. The Nounou Forest Reserve ends at a picnic area on the chest of the Sleeping Giant. You can have a magnificent view of the Wailua River, the Kauai coastline and the peak of Mount Wai'ale'ale from here if the weather is clear.

You will start your trail on the red clay path as it climbs up the body of the Sleeping Giant. Within minutes, you will get the first view of the ocean. You need to do a lot of climbing and reach nearly 550 meters to see the complete outline of the Sleeping Giant. Turn right and hike up the slope to get a view of the giant's face.

In the next session you need to go up a vertical narrow ridge and climb on a steep switchback before you gain elevation. At 1.8 miles you will reach a green stand on top of the Sleeping Giant and get a full view of the Nounou Mountain, the Wailua River, wooded valleys and if the skies are clear a view of the peak of Mount Waialeale.

Best time to go
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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
22° 3.674' N
159° 20.795' W

Driving Directions:
You need to drive 6 miles north on Hwy. 56 from Lihue and stop at the second junction after crossing Wailua River to reach Haleilio Road. Then you need to turn left from the Wailua Shell gas station and travel 1 mile to reach the parking on the right.
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Weather Report for Kealia, HI
Partly sunny with scattered showers in the morning, then mostly sunny with isolated showers in the afternoon. Highs 76 to 84. East winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Temperature: 70.9° F
Relative Humidity: 80%
Pressure: 30.14"
Dew Point: 64.0° F

Winds from the East at 1.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:07 AM
Sunset: 7:02 PM
Weather reported from Behind Kukuiolono Golf Course, Kalaheo, HI (KHIKALAH5)
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 60 to 72. Light winds becoming northwest around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny with scattered showers in the morning, then mostly cloudy with frequent showers in the afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs 74 to 83. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 58 to 70. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 71 to 80. North winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/27/2017 6:50 AM
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