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Sleeping Giant (Nounou Mountain East)

Hawaii > Kauai > East Kauai
Summary
Length3.5 mi
Elev. Gain950 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating8 / 10
TypeView
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 Kapaa, HI
Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Scattered showers. Lows 66 to 78. Light winds becoming southwest up to 10 mph late in the evening...then becoming light after midnight. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 84.0° F
Relative Humidity: 65%
Pressure: 29.85"
Dew Point: 71.1° F

Winds from the ESE at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:36 AM
Sunset: 6:07 PM
Weather reported from Koloa Landing - Whaler's Cove, Koloa, HI (KHIKOLOA2)
Forecast
Wednesday
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 76 to 86. Light winds becoming east around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 66 to 78. East winds up to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Thursday
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 76 to 86. North winds up to 10 mph shifting to the east in the late morning and early afternoon...then increasing to 10 to 15 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 66 to 78. Northeast winds up to 10 mph shifting to the east early in the morning. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/21/2014 5:08 PM
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