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Sleeping Giant Trail, Kapaa

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Lookout · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
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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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  • Being from the flat Midwest, the elevation really put us through the ringer. We did the hike early in the morning and would recommend doing the same. The sun gets real toasty and this hike was a bit.....  more
    Being from the flat Midwest, the elevation really put us through the ringer. We did the hike early in the morning and would recommend doing the same. The sun gets real toasty and this hike was a bit.....  more »
  • This was a fun, moderate trail with a little bit of scrambling in just a couple places. The place we were staying was closer to the East Trail, so that’s the route we took. There is a small parking... 
    This was a fun, moderate trail with a little bit of scrambling in just a couple places. The place we were staying was closer to the East Trail, so that’s the route we took. There is a small parking...  more »
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  • Incredible views, even if you only go up for 15minutes. Definitely try to stick it out to the top. About 100 floors up but not continuously up. One short steep Rocky section about 1/3 way up, otherwise hard packed dirt. We did on a dry day, probably would be quite slick on a wet day. We wore hiking boots but most wore running/tennis shoes. Flip flops not advised- lots of roots. Beautiful birds singing and some interesting plants along the way. Fairly shaded probably most days but still wear sunscreen and bring lots of water.
  • Great hike with an awesome view! So bring water, and good shoes, it was longer then I expected with about 1100’ elevation change. It’s fairly rough terrain and there’s a couple climbs over some rock faces and the last section is a decent slope. If it’s wet or raining it’ll be a very slippery trail. We’ll worth the trek!

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