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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.

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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
Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows 62 to 70. West winds around 10 mph.
Temperature: 67.6° F
Relative Humidity: 88%
Pressure: 29.97"
Dew Point: 64.0° F

Winds from the NNE at 0.0 mph gusting to -999.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 7:07 AM
Sunset: 5:55 PM
Weather reported from Behind Kukuiolono Golf Course, Kalaheo, HI (KHIKALAH5)
Breezy. Cloudy with showers likely in the morning, then partly sunny with chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 73 to 82. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 50 to 62. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny. Breezy. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs 69 to 78. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers after midnight. Lows 53 to 65. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:03 AM
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