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.
Sleeping Giant Trail reviews
Discovered the west trailhead that was shorter but steeper. It was muddy but the trail went through a norfolk pine forest! Bring good traction shoes and prepare to get muddy feet. The views at the...
Discovered the west trailhead that was shorter but steeper. It was muddy but the trail went through a norfolk pine forest! Bring good traction shoes and prepare to get muddy feet. The views at the... more »
This was a great hike with incredible views at the top! It’s a good workout but definitely doable. It was dry the day we did it but I could see how it would be slippery if wet.
This was a great hike with incredible views at the top! It’s a good workout but definitely doable. It was dry the day we did it but I could see how it would be slippery if wet. more »
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!
Plan your trip to Kapaa
- Get a personalized tripA full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
- Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
- Manage itEverything in one place. Everyone on the same page.Know more
Popular things to do in Kapaa
Side trips from Kapaa
Hidden gems in Kapaa
Shopping in Kapaa
Nearby attractions in Kapaa
Tours in Kapaa
Trips in Sleeping Giant Trail by other users
10 days in Kauai BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Kapaa Kekaha 22 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM MEXICO Honolulu Koloa Hanalei 15 days in Maui & Kauai BY A USER FROM CANADA Lahaina Koloa Hanalei 39 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Kailua-Kona Hilo Lahaina 22 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND Honolulu Koloa Hanalei 22 days in Hawaii BY A USER FROM BRAZIL Honolulu Koloa Hanalei