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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
Haze in the evening. Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 48 to 61. Southeast winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light, then becoming southeast around 10 mph late in the night. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Temperature: 69.8° F
Relative Humidity: 89%
Pressure: 30.02"
Dew Point: 66.4° F

Winds from the SE at 2.0 mph gusting to 4.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.10"
Today: 0.10"

Sunrise: 7:03 AM
Sunset: 6:38 PM
Weather reported from Behind Kukuiolono Golf Course, Kalaheo, HI (KHIKALAH5)
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 61 to 77. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy. Occasional showers and slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Lows 49 to 62. South winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Highs 60 to 76. Light winds becoming south up to 10 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy. Breezy. Showers likely in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows 49 to 62. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:50 PM
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