Hiking the Sleeping Giant (Nounou Trail)

Breathtaking views from the top. 4 miles. Elevation, 1200 feet above sea level. 

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 On the island of Kauai, there’s a mountain with a profile shaped like a sleeping giant. We decided to climb to the apex or “nose” of that giant.

This hike was probably one of the tougher ones I’ve undertaken. It was mostly due to the washing out of the trail in certain parts where a bit of scrambling was required. That means, a little rock climbing on our hands and feet, hehe. Good thing that I kept a set of activewear in the car for random spurts of hiking, otherwise my dresses would be ruined. The trail is a switchback about 1.75+ miles each way. It is a little steep, so I’d advise you to be in a fairly decent physical shape. Of course, we brought a few bottles of water with us to stay hydrated. It gets pretty hot in the unshaded areas. We took around 2.5 hours to get up, take in the scenery and come down.

The views are gorgeous, and there’s plenty to see along the trail.

Challenged accepted and completed!

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